NFL Rumors: Breaking Down Trade Deadline Buzz Around Offensive Stars

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a 29-yard touchdown pass against defensive back Antoine Cason #20 of the San Diego Chargers during the fourth quarter on September 30, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  San Diego defeated Kansas City 37-20.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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The NFL trade deadline was pushed back to Thursday afternoon due to Superstorm Sandy wreaking havoc throughout the northeast, giving teams a couple extra days to work on potential deals. There's a lot of buzz around the league right now.

That's abnormal for the NFL, which usually has a pretty calm deadline day compared to the other major sports. This season, however, there are a few big names being mentioned as possible targets with a couple days left to wheel and deal.

Let's check out some of the offensive stars in the final year of their contracts that could be on the move before Thursday's deadline and examine some updates on their statuses.

Steven Jackson

Jackson has spent his entire career with the St. Louis Rams since being drafted 24th overall in 2004. He's gained more than 12,500 total yards during that time, but his expiring contract and the emergence of Daryl Richardson have left him in trade limbo.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports several teams have already contacted the Rams about the bruising back even though they aren't actively shopping him. He mentions the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers as possible options.

Even though Jackson isn't the same offensive force he was during his peak seasons, he still makes sense for a playoff contender that needs an upgrade at running back. He's a solid rental option as long as St. Louis' asking price is reasonable.

Dwayne Bowe

Bowe is one of the most talented receivers in the league, but he doesn't get the type of recognition he deserves because he's struck in a lackluster Kansas City Chiefs offense. A change of scenery to a more potent attack would cause his numbers to soar.

While the Chiefs would certainly like to get something for him instead of watching him walk away for nothing, they are having trouble finding a trade partner. Pro Football Weekly reports another team likely won't deal for him without an extension in place.

The extra couple days might help facilitate that demand. The people rooting most for him to get traded are probably his fantasy football owners, hoping his value will skyrocket with a different team. But it appears something will have to change quickly for that to happen.

Jared Cook

In a perfect world, Cook should be making serious progress toward becoming one of the league's best tight ends. He's got the size and athleticism to make it happen. In reality, the Tennessee Titans' rising star spends a lot of valuable time of the sidelines.

Due to that, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports Cook's agent has requested his client get traded before the deadline. Titans head coach Mike Munchak responded by stating he's a key part of the team and he doesn't expect him to get moved.

Cook is averaging fewer than four catches per game, so he's hardly played an integral role in the Titans offense. The team should either give him the increased snap count he deserves or let him join a team that will utilize him correctly. He has too much upside to ride the pine.