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NFL Trade Rumors: Reported Deals That Could Change Playoff Picture

Eric EdelmanCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2012

NFL Trade Rumors: Reported Deals That Could Change Playoff Picture

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    With the NFL trade deadline only a day away, the rumor mill is already abuzz with reported trades under way.

    Midway through the regular season, Tuesday's deadline will give contending teams a chance at furthering their chances at a Lombardi Trophy come playoff time.

    Which potential trades would completely shake up the playoff picture? 

DeAngelo Williams

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    DeAngelo Williams has had big seasons in the past. 

    After back-to-back 1,000-yard-plus seasons in 2008-09, the Carolina Panthers halfback has yet to repeat the same success.

    This season, Williams only has 210 rushing yards through seven weeks of action.

    During the ensuing fallout following the Panthers' firing of GM Matt Hurney, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that teams were actively looking to trade for Williams.

    Considering backfield counterpart Jonathan Stewart is getting the majority of touches, it's likely Williams will be moved to the numerous possible suitors hoping to acquire him. 

    Although he has underperformed as of late, Williams is still a versatile back who would have an impact on any team seeking to add him to their roster.

Braylon Edwards

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    Braylon Edwards is now officially a part of trade talk after NFL.com's Ian Rapoport broke word that teams are interested in the veteran wide receiver. 

    Edwards is ruled out of the Seattle Seahawks' upcoming game against the Minnesota Vikings with an apparent knee injury, but it has been speculated that this is only to keep him healthy assuming he is traded tomorrow.

    Edwards is definitely past his prime, but he still has some value as an extra receiver for a team needing depth at receiver.

Steven Jackson

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    St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is also among the surge of rumors in recent days.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that although the Rams aren't actively pursuing suitors, they are willing to entertain the offers as they come. 

    Jackson has 403 yards and a touchdown after eight games. He recently had a rough outing against the New England Patriots with only 23 yards on seven attempts.

    Considering the Rams have split carries between Jackson and rookie back Daryl Richardson, it wouldn't be a shocker if they opt to stick with the young rookie back rather than the 29-year-old veteran. 

    With a bevy of teams lacking depth at running back (namely injury-plagued Green Bay and Pittsburgh), Jackson would be a game-changer for several hopeful contenders. 

Steve Smith

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    The most likely to be jettisoned from the Rams' roster before the deadline is veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, who has been the subject of trade rumors.

    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has reported several league executives have expressed interest in Smith.

    The once productive receiver (in 2009 with the New York Giants) has been virtually nonexistent this season. He has 114 total yards and 11 receptions with no touchdowns after six games played.

    Although he has severely underperformed in large part due to nagging injuries, Smith would provide some depth at the receiver spot for a team in need of another target. 

LeGarrette Blount

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    First speculated last month by the Tampa Bay Times' Stephen Holder, all roster moves by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers point toward a possible trade of halfback LeGarrette Blount.

    Signing veteran back D.J. Ware and hanging on to starter Doug Martin only suggests Blount might be the odd man out.

    The bruising back has also been the subject of trade rumors and has the ability to be a solid option around the goal line considering his size and power.

    Blount would be a great addition to a playoff team badly needing a running back. Green Bay certainly is a destination that would welcome Blount's talent following the loss of Cedric Benson.

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