NFL Trade Rumors: Latest Chatter Surrounding League's Hottest Deadline Names

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

With the NFL trade deadline fast approaching, Tim Tebow isn't the only name being thrown around in the rumor mill.

Hurricane Sandy forced the NFL to extend the midseason deadline from Tuesday to Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET. Who knows what the extra 48 hours will produce.

There have been some minor deals reached thus far, but any hope for a blockbuster move will be dead unless reached by Thursday evening. 

Let's take a look at the latest chatter surrounding the NFL's hottest names at the trade deadline. 


Tim Tebow, New York Jets, QB

Despite buzz out of Jacksonville on Tuesday that the Jaguars were in talks with the New York Jets about potentially acquiring Tim Tebow, the NFL Network's Albert Breer has confirmed that the two teams have not discussed a trade involving Tebow.

The Jets backup signal-caller has played in all eight games this season, but has played very few snaps under center. He is 2-for-3 for 32 yards and has 23 rushing attempts for an additional 78 yards. 

With the deadline just hours away, the popular belief is that Tebow will be a Jet for the rest of the 2012 season.

With the rest of the league already having decided their direction at quarterback, it's hard to see anyone making a significant push for the third-year quarterback.


DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers, RB

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams could be on the move this fall, according to the Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person:

A trade involving Williams is more likely, although not imminent...Multiple playoff-contending teams called the Panthers last week to inquire about a possible trade for Williams, team sources said.

Williams is averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry on 61 rush attempts this season.

If you ask me, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are two playoff teams with underachieving running games that could benefit from adding a veteran back like Williams.

Neither team is averaging more than 100 yards per game this season on the ground, and both could use the versatility and balance Williams brings to the offensive side. 


Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans, TE

Titans star tight end Jared Cook reportedly requested a trade out of Tennessee earlier this week, according to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt.

Here's how Titans head coach Mike Munchak responded to Cook's midseason request (via Wyatt):

I am not going to comment on that. That is not my decision to make, but I don’t see that happening, no...Jared is a big part of our team. Jared has made a lot of great catches for us this year. Jared’s our (third) leading receiver. We know for us to win games we need him making plays for us, so for me it’s not something I’ve thought about at all, so I am hoping it is not on his mind either.

The 6'5" tight end hasn't missed a regular season game for Tennessee since 2009 and is on pace for a career year.

He has 28 receptions for 373 yards and two touchdowns through the first half of the season.

Tennessee's passing attack would take a huge hit if Cook were to be traded by Thursday's deadline. The veteran draws lots of attention from opposing secondaries and presents the Titans with beneficial mismatches through the air. 


Follow Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Patrick Clarke on Twitter. 

Follow _Pat_Clarke on Twitter