The NFL trade deadline of October 30 is now less than two weeks away. Albert Breer of NFL Network reported that the trade deadline was moved from Week 6 to Week 8 in the 2012 season based on an agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. All trades must be reported to the NFL by 4 pm ET on Tuesday, October 30.
The move made sense, because at the six week mark, it was too early for teams to know if they were in the playoff hunt or not. By moving the deadline back two weeks, teams now have a better idea if they are buyers or sellers.
Most seasons, you would be reading or hearing about a number of potential trade rumors from the beat writers that follow specific teams. But so far, the 2012 regular season has produced very few rumors on the trade front to report on.
In this presentation, there are three central themes at work here.
The first theme is to identify which teams would be the traditional sellers at the trade deadline, based on an abysmal start to their 2012 season.
The second theme is to conduct some roster analysis at Spotrac.com, to identify which players are going to become unrestricted free agents in the 2013 offseason. Do you let unrestricted free agents walk away at the end of the season and get nothing for them, or do you trade them away prior to the deadline to stockpile some draft picks?
The third theme concerns the laws of supply and demand. Some teams are blessed to have exceptional depth at a certain position, but have weaknesses at other positions as a result. So, we take advantage of that great depth by nominating teams that are hurting at that position.
Of course, any trade needs two teams to make it work, so we will identify a trade partner for each of these potential trades, whether it would be getting a player back, or adding a draft pick or two.
Let's see if any of these potential trade ideas come to fruition within the next two weeks.