NFL Trade Rumors: Latest Update on All the Trade Deadline Chatter
There has not been an extensive amount of NFL trade talk this season, although there are some players receiving much attention regarding a new location.
Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs is a prime example.
I can report this: Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) October 17, 2012
Bowe, however, is just part of what has been brewing through the NFL's 2012 season. Here, we get caught up on him and the rest of notable trade deadline chatter.
Jared Cook: TE, Titans
Earlier this week, Jared Cook of the Tennessee Titans was reported to have requested a trade, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:
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
Not long thereafter on Monday, though, the trade deadline got bumped, per NFL: Around the League of NFL.com:
League announces the trade deadline moves to Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) October 29, 2012
Still, nothing new has come of age regarding Cook's situation. It would also be surprising, because he is one of Tennessee's more consistently reliable targets and a key component of maintaining a balanced offense.
Although it will take a lot for the Titans to get back into the AFC's postseason mix, Cook's presence is needed to make a run. With Chris Johnson appearing to have found a rhythm, Tennessee is capable of making some noise down the stretch.
And as we've come to see in pro football these days, a receiving tight end is quite vital to efficiency.
Steven Jackson: RB, Rams
The most recent news regarding Steven Jackson came from ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday:
Neither the Jackson rumor nor any of those other fantasy-league daydreams are coming true, at least not any time in the near future.
The Rams' front office maintains that the organization hasn't hung a for-sale sign around Jackson, and they can't stop people from calling.
Yes, Jackson is 29 years old and certainly past his prime. But the Rams need him for any shot at remaining in the postseason hunt. The NFC West isn't a done deal just yet, and St. Louis still has its two shots at the San Francisco 49ers.
In those two games alone, the Rams will need the veteran ball-carrier to slam between the tackles, regardless of production, as his impact will help set up the play-action. No matter how significant or limited of a role Jackson plays in the season's second half, the Rams can't afford to proceed without him.
DeAngelo Williams: RB, Panthers
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that, to his knowledge, the team isn't looking to make moves before Tuesday's trade deadline.
Running back DeAngelo Williams has been the subject of a potential trade. A team source told the Observer that at least one playoff-contending team has reached out to the Panthers about possibly trading for the back.
That said, a move by the Carolina Panthers would not come as a surprise. DeAngelo Williams has played just one full season the past three years (2011) entering 2012 and his current production is lacking.
With just 210 rushing yards on 61 attempts through seven games this season, Williams averages only 3.4 yards per carry and has just two touchdowns. Turning 30 years old before the 2013 season, Williams parting from Carolina sooner than later wouldn't surprise.
The Panthers have an array of younger backs in Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Tauren Poole to take over and Williams has had just one 100-yard plus rushing game since 2009.
Braylon Edwards: WR, Seahawks
Before the NFL kicked off its slate of early games on Sunday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted:
1 reason why Braylon Edwards may be inactive? He's been a target for some teams in the market for a WR, I'm told. Needs to be healthy for it— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 28, 2012
As the deadline nears, however, time is running out for anything to happen regarding Braylon Edwards. And to give more perspective about the Seattle Seahawks' situation, Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times writes:
Braylon Edwards might be available this week after his knee swelled unexpectedly in Detroit, keeping him out of the Seahawks' loss to the Lions.
[Pete] Carroll didn't offer any specifics, whether he would be looking at a veteran or perhaps elevating former Husky Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad.
If anything, Seattle needs to keep Edwards around because depth is certainly needed. The Seahawks rank No. 31 in passing offense and get just 171 yards through the air per game.
As for Edwards, he hasn't been a primary target of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Nonetheless, the former first-round pick is only 29 years old—not considered old for a receiver—and Seattle needs more than one guy to stretch the field (Golden Tate).
Edwards still possesses the size and leaping ability to be a factor inside the red zone, and playing without him makes scoring near the goal line even more difficult.
Dwayne Bowe: WR, Chiefs
As we saw in the beginning, Dwayne Bowe wants out of Kansas City.
Then again, which No. 1 receiver would want to play in K.C. right now? Whether it's Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn under center, the Chiefs have no legitimate passing attack capable of keeping defenses off balance.
Both quarterbacks combine for only six touchdowns to 13 picks and have been sacked 16 times. As a result, Bowe has made just 37 catches for 492 yards and three scores.
K.C. sits at 1-6 and allows almost 350 total yards and nearly 30 points per game. In a division that has been taken over by the Denver Broncos and has the Oakland Raiders on the rise, where does that leave the Chiefs?
There's simply no help other than Jamaal Charles in K.C.'s offense, but the constant turnovers are killing any sort of confidence. After all, the Chiefs rank last in the turnover margin at minus-18.
Tim Tebow: QB, Jets
Yes, Tim Tebow.
With the NFL trade deadline looming, The Daily News has learned that the Jets have no plans to deal Tim Tebow.
Gang Green doesn’t plan on moving him before the Tuesday trade deadline, according to sources.
And although Tebow has not really made a significant impact for the New York Jets this season, Gang Green does need him offensively.
For one, the Jets offensive is not explosive and Tebow's versatility still offers a more dynamic attack. Plus, with games remaining versus tough defenses such as the Seahawks, Rams and Cardinals outside the division, the Jets need to present a varying approach.
Include other AFC games in the San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, and New York can still make a postseason run. Those games are winnable, just like the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.
Tebow has to be an option solely because of the capabilities he displayed last season.
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