Buying or Selling Latest NFL Trade Deadline Rumors
The NFL trade deadline seems to be the same thing every year--fans get their hopes up, but not much happens.
After the deadline previously fell in Week 6, the NFL opted to move it back to Week 8 this year. Now, teams have less than a week to execute trades.
Teams with playoff hopes would certainly benefit from adding a difference-maker for the end of the season. And obviously, some teams who appear ready to concede the 2012 season may be ready to part ways with their assets with an eye on the future.
Several big-name players are currently rumored to be on the trading block, but if 2012 is like most seasons, these speculated blockbuster moves likely won't go down.
Greg Jennings on the Move?
Bob McGinn is one of the most respected beat writers across the NFL. So when he suggested the Packers would be wise to trade wide receiver Greg Jennings, he certainly raised some eyebrows.
McGinn suggested the move in early September, and with the Oct. 30 trade deadline looming, people may again speculate on whether or not Jennings could be moved.
Due to a lingering groin injury, Jennings has appeared in just three of the Packers' seven games so far this season. Fortunately for Green Bay, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb have filled the void left by Jennings.
McGinn originally offered Miami as a possible trade destination for Jennings, citing Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin's relationship with the Pro Bowl wide receiver. If Jennings were, in fact, on the trading block, Miami remains a logical choice along with the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams could offer veteran running back Steven Jackson in exchange for Jennings, but the Packers almost certainly wouldn't agree to that trade straight-up.
It's extremely rare for a Super Bowl contender to part ways with one of its best players during the season, and this just doesn't seem like a move Ted Thompson would make. Lloyd Christmas might think there's a chance that Jennings gets traded.
Rumor Verdict: Selling
Chris Johnson to the Arizona Cardinals?
It's never a good sign when your quarterback rushes for more yards than your $53.5 million contract running back.
But that's exactly what happened for the Titans in each of their first three games this season.
Johnson's slow start prompted ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio to offer a scenario in which CJ2K could be moved.
Given the fact that Johnson is scheduled to receive $10 million next year, with $9 million guaranteed, Florio suggests the Arizona Cardinals could make an offer for Johnson.
The Cardinals have already lost Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams to injury, making Johnson a seamless fit as the team's starting running back.
And while the Cardinals remain in the playoff hunt at 4-3, they may need to add another offensive weapon to compete with the San Francisco 49ers.
With one of football's best receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, as well as rookie Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts, the Cardinals are in good shape at receiver. But given their uncertainty at the quarterback position, the Cardinals would benefit greatly from a strong running game.
Still, a trade to Arizona would likely be just an nine-game rental unless the Cardinals are able to restructure Johnson's contract. Not to mention, Johnson has turned his play around lately, averaging 112.8 yards per game in his last four contests.
Rumor Verdict: Selling
Steven Jackson on His Way out of St. Louis?
Since the Rams made him a first-round pick in 2004, Steven Jackson has been the definition of a workhorse.
Jackson became the Rams' lead running back in his second season, and he's eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past seven seasons prior to 2012. But this season, rookie Daryl Richardson has been the Rams' most effective back, making Jackson somewhat expendable.
It's been reported that the Rams are interested in moving players for draft picks.
St. Louis was extremely active on the trade front during the 2012 NFL Draft, trading the No. 2 pick to the Washington Redskins, who coveted quarterback Robert Griffin III. Ultimately, St. Louis turned the second overall pick into three first-round picks and a second-round selection.
Now, the Rams are looking at acquiring additional draft picks as they focus on the future. The defense is in good shape with a pair of talented pass rushers, and a stingy, in-your-face secondary.
At this point, Jackson is the Rams' most logical trade bait. One such trading partner is the Green Bay Packers, who could swap receiver Greg Jennings for Jackson. However, the Packers seem content with second-year runner Alex Green shouldering the load.
Jackson's time in St. Louis is winding down, but his departure will likely come as a free agent next summer.
Rumor Verdict: Buying, but Selling
(The Rams will actively pursue a trade, but they won't get any serious takers.)
Dwayne Bowe to the Dolphins?
The Kansas City Chiefs are currently 1-5, and their outlook for the rest of 2012 is as hopeless as any team in the NFL.
If the Chiefs decide they've already dug themselves into too deep a hole, they could benefit from moving Bowe for draft picks. Kansas City is certainly in the running for the No.1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and with USC's Matt Barkley and West Virginia's Geno Smith available, the Chiefs would face a tough decision.
Do they hang onto Bowe, in hopes of surrounding a young quarterback with a reliable No. 1 receiver? Or are they confident enough in receivers Steve Breaston and Jon Baldwin to move Bowe for additional assets?
One such trading partner is the 3-3 Miami Dolphins. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has played well thus far despite being surrounded by a mediocre group of wide receivers.
Trading for Bowe would give the Dolphins an impressive top three targets, with Bowe and Brian Hartline on the perimeter and Davone Bess handling business from the slot.
In order to acquire Bowe, the Dolphins would need to extend his contract, likely worth $9-$10 million-a-year if they want to prevent him from hitting free agency next summer.
I'm not buying or selling this one just yet.
Rumor Verdict: Standing in line, money in hand