NFL Trade Rumors: Latest on DeAngelo Williams, Steven Jackson, Tim Tebow, More
A few big names across the NFL have come up in trade chatter, and the deadline to get a deal done is rapidly approaching.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to tweak the rules regarding the trade deadline in the offseason, allowing players to be swapped up until Week 8 of the season, whereas trades were stopped after Week 6 in the past.
Teams will no longer be allowed to trade players after Thursday, as the league pushed the deadline back two days, as noted by NFL: Around the League via Twitter.
League announces the trade deadline moves to Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) October 29, 2012
This puts the pressure on teams to add a star like DeAngelo Williams or Steven Jackson.
Here are all the latest rumors surrounding trades across the NFL.
Tim Tebow, QB, New York Jets
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 31, 8:15 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
With the NFL trade deadline looming Thursday, the latest rumors flying involve a possible deal that would send New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Steve Wrigley of Action News Jacksonville is reporting about the reported intention from the Jaguars to acquire the enigmatic QB:
Tim Tebow could soon be a part of our home team. Sources tell Action Sports, the Jaguars are making a play to trade for Tebow before the trade deadline this Thursday…The deadline was supposed to be today. It was pushed back a couple days because of Superstorm Sandy, which hit New York hard. It just so happens, that's where Tebow plays now for the Jets.
Not only does Tebow have an extensive history in the Jacksonville area—leading the Florida Gators to BCS glory and national prominence—he is the face of the franchise that the floundering Jaguars need.
If Jacksonville cares about putting people in the seats and selling merchandise, they would do whatever it takes to get Tebow on their roster before the Thursday deadline.
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Tim Tebow will likely be a New York Jet for the remainder of this season.
The New York Daily Post's Manish Mehta reported via Twitter that the Jets were not shopping the backup quarterback.
Jets have no plans to trade Tim Tebow before trade deadline, per sources. Rex wants to use him more on offense. Story: tinyurl.com/8mrxd25— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) October 28, 2012
Tebow has played sparingly this season, throwing just three passes thus far. He has been used mainly as a rusher and has 76 yards on 22 carries.
Unless something changes drastically, the quarterback drama in New York will continue for the remainder of the year.
Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook has attracted serious attention and may be sent away from Nashville before Tuesday's trade deadline.
Jim Wyatt of the The Tennessean reported the rumor regarding Cook via Twitter.
Indications are a trade has been requested for #Titans TE Jared Cook. The NFL trade deadline is tomorrow. Cook's in last year of deal— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 29, 2012
Cook is the team's second-leading receiver with 28 catches for 373 yards. He has also grabbed two touchdowns this season.
At 6'5" and 248 pounds, he has a prototypical build for an NFL tight end. He is just 25 years old and has several productive years left in his career, and there is no mystery as to why he is getting interest from other teams around the league.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have rarely played running back LeGarrette Blount this season, and this has caused general managers across the league to speculate that he may be traded.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that, overall, GMs have been surprised at how little willingness there is across the league to make trades. However, he also wrote, "Several of those same execs said they would not be surprised if little-used back-up running back LeGarrette Blount of the Bucs was dealt by 4pm Tuesday."
Blount has carried the ball just 33 times this season and has taken a back seat to rookie Doug Martin in the backfield. But the powerful running back out of Oregon proved his potential in his own rookie season when he averaged 5.0 yards per carry and eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in 2010.
Teams in need of a physical presence in the running game would certainly benefit from adding Blount.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe is not pleased with his situation on a subpar Kansas City Chiefs team, but as of now, the mercurial wide receiver does not appear to be leaving the Chiefs before Tuesday.
Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole reported Bowe's ill feelings towards his current employer via Twitter.
I can report this: Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) October 17, 2012
Despite Bowe's desire to play elsewhere, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora notes that "there have been no trade talks involving Bowe as of the weekend, according to league sources, and none expected."
The strained relationship between Bowe and the Chiefs appears set to continue for the remainder of the season, and it will likely only be made worse by the team's struggles.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 31, 3:55 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
As the trade deadline draws nearer, the action surrounding DeAngelo Williams is heating up.
Pro Football Talk's Darin Gantt reported, "While no particular deal is imminent, multiple league sources said there’s a viable chance Williams is dealt before tomorrow’s 4 p.m. deadline."
The Panthers running back is extremely talented and team in need of a potent option in the backfield would certainly be wise to cough up a few draft picks in order to improve immediately.
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The Carolina Panthers have struggled this season and have already started making changes.
With trade deadline Tuesday, teams around league have contacted Carolina to inquire about RB DeAngelo Williams. Panthers willing to listen.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2012
Williams has rushed for just 177 yards on 50 carries this season and has two touchdowns. He was part of a fearsome rushing attack last season that also featured Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart, but all three have been disappointing thus far.
As Schefter noted in a separate ESPN report, Williams is owed $5.25 million this year, in addition to $18 million over the next three seasons. The Panthers would do well to free themselves of his contract and add talent at other positions, but they must find another team willing to pay Williams first.
Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams
Steven Jackson has seen his role in the St. Louis Rams offense decrease this season, and the team may look to trade him before Tuesday.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the following:
Rams have fielded trade inquiries for RB Steven Jackson over past few weeks in advance of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline. Multiple teams have called the Rams to discuss Jackson's availability, and while the Rams are not proactively shopping Jackson, or any other player, they are willing to listen to offers.
Rookie running back Daryl Richardson has seen a significant amount of time in the backfield, and the team appears to be comfortable moving forward with the seventh-round pick in an increased role.
Schefter cites the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers as teams that are in need of a running back, and also notes that the Packers have shown interest in Jackson in the past.