The Oct. 30 NFL trade deadline is quickly approaching, and there are several teams with holes to fill.
Rumors have been few and far between lately. The NFL deadline may not be the most exciting in pro sports, but a few notable names can sometimes swap jerseys.
The Arizona Cardinals have a clear need at running back and have been one of few teams making the rumor mill rounds in the last few days, so let's start in the desert.
Chris Ivory is a talented running back stuck behind three other guys in a crowded New Orleans Saints backfield.
Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles have all taken a turn on the merry-go-round this season, but Ivory has yet to line up in the backfield at all in 2012.
Perhaps that is why what Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com said last week makes so much sense:
The one trade name that does make some sense to me is Chris Ivory in New Orleans. He’s shown before he can perform and he is buried deep, deep on the Saints’ bench behind Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.
In the past two seasons, Ivory rushed for 1,090 yards, scored six touchdowns and averaged over 5.0 yards per carry.
He would bring legitimacy to a wounded Cardinals backfield that currently ranks 28th in the NFL. Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams are both out due to injury, and William Powell and LaRod Stephens-Howling are lackluster fill-ins.
When Kevin Kolb is outgaining Stephens-Howling by 44 yards against the Buffalo Bills, you know there is trouble and Arizona needs talent at RB.
Here is a rumor sure to turn a few heads, Mike Florio recently revealed an interesting (and slightly less than realistic) scenario where the Cardinals choose to rent Tennessee Titans beleaguered star Chris Johnson for the rest of the season.
Trade for Chris Johnson. The Titans won’t be keeping Johnson beyond 2012, not with a $10 million salary due next year, $9 million of which becomes fully guaranteed the week after the next Super Bowl. And it’s not as if the Titans will be turning things around; as Johnson recently said himself, they’re simply not a good team.
So move him, and get value. With the Cardinals a surprising 4-1 and in need of a kick in the butt on offense, why not pick up a guy who would possibly benefit from a change of scenery?
Johnson is desperately in need of a fresh start, but his complaints in Tennessee have centered around the poor offensive line in front of him. Would the big men in Arizona suit him any better?
And more importantly, would the Titans be willing to deal Johnson when his value is probably at an all-time low?
Arizona is likely to make a move somehow, but this kind of deal would be a tough negotiation for both sides.
Greg Jennings has spent a large portion of 2012 on the shelf for the Green Bay Packers.
The superstar wideout has been hampered by a groin injury, and while it is hard not to notice his absence, the Packers offense has done just fine without him.
In fact, QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown 13 touchdowns over the last three games, including six against the Houston Texans in Week 6.
The success of Green Bay's offense, combined with the fact that Jennings is set to become a free agent, has led Packers beat writer Bob McGinn to formulate this opinion of the situation:
If the Packers are as convinced as I am that this is Greg Jennings' final season in Green Bay, Ted Thompson should do all he can to attract fair market value and move him before the Oct. 30 trading deadline.
This is only an opinion, but Green Bay is absolutely loaded at receiver with Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb all having good to great 2012 campaigns.
There has been no substantial interest to speak of on this front yet, but with the Packers finding their footing offensively, this is a rumor to watch as Oct. 30 approaches.