The NFL trade deadline has yet to really provide us with any seismic appeal with time closing in.
The Jets are evaluating the best thing to do with Tim Tebow in the second half, but one of those is not trading the popular backup quarterback.
There was a report by a Jacksonville TV station on Tuesday night that the Jets and Jaguars were talking about a trade to send Tebow to his hometown team. A source said that report is not true.
So, regardless of how likely or unlikely a Tebow movement seems, here's a look at the polarizing quarterback along with some other players before the deadline hits.
Considering how little Tim Tebow has played this season it would be somewhat surprising to see the quarterback remain.
After all, based on how well Tebow performed for the Denver Broncos in accumulating wins, the New York Jets face a similar situation this season. And yet, Mark Sanchez has started every game this year and Gang Green sits at just 3-5.
On the bright side New York is in the midst of its Week 9 bye, so for Tebow's sake that came right on cue. Meaning: potentially increased odds of a better role with two tough defenses in the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams as the Jets next opponents.
Include the surge of the Miami Dolphins this season and it's not like the Jets have much to lose at this point. That said, keeping Tebow but not giving him a more significant role can raise some concern.
I'd put the chances at 55 percent that Jackson, the 29-year-old running back with a couple of good years left in the tank, will be traded, based on the opinion of one AFC personnel man this morning. "Even though he's due a lot of money,'' the source said, "he's got real value for a contender because he can still play, and there're a few teams out there that really need a running back."
This comes as no surprise and when we include St. Louis' trade down in the NFL draft, it's obvious the Rams are planning ahead. Sitting at 3-5 and entering the bye this week, St. Louis has a rather tough schedule ahead.
Along with the San Francisco 49ers twice, the Rams have to play the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks once. Outside the division are the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With an offense that can still be suspect with pass protection, gaining just under 317 total yards per game obviously isn't cutting it. And for as great as Jackson has been for St. Louis a trade still appears rather likely.
UPDATE: At 12:30 p.m. ET on November 1
According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press:
For those curious, there's nothing shaking on the DeAngelo Williams trade front and, as of right now, no deal is expected.before deadline.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) November 1, 2012
In addition to Steven Jackson, another potential trade does appear likely.
According to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk at NBC Sports:
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. Several teams have been in touch with the Panthers, and the interest is serious.
A source with knowledge of the situation said the Panthers are “absolutely” prepared to absorb that hit if the right deal comes along.
Ironically, Williams' situation with the Carolina Panthers is eerily similar to that of Jackson with the Rams. Factor in an offense that provides a reduced role by comparison to year's past and a rugged schedule remaining and the two sides parting would not be surprising.
Not to mention Carolina's 1-6 record and the Panthers lacking defensively, unlike St. Louis for the most part, and Williams should relish the opportunity. With Cam Newton struggling and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the rise as well, the Cats won't turn anything around any time soon.
Dwayne Bowe's name has unsurprisingly come up quite a bit.
Still, according to Evan Silva of NBC Sports via ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Schefter on Dwayne Bowe trade: "Will not happen ... unlikely, at least. No team is gonna pay ($4.5M) for a player on an expiring contract."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 31, 2012
To that end, the Kansas City Chiefs' 2012 season could not get any worse. Take away Jamaal Charles' 91-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints and this team is 0-7.
The defense can't stop anyone and the offense can't control the ball, let alone hold on to it. Heading into Week 9 K.C. ranks dead last in turnover-margin at minus-18, so it's no wonder Bowe wants out. Then again, who wouldn't?
Along with Bowe, Charles is the only legit offensive player but neither can produce if the quarterbacks continue to commit turnovers: Lest we forget about the unreliable offensive line and complementary weapons aside from the versatile Dexter McCluster.
K.C. is simply in dire straits right now, and getting through 2012 and revamping for 2013 provides the only bit of potential for a turnaround.
Entering Week 9 LeGarrette Blount has just 33 carries for 116 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Therefore, with Doug Martin proving to be the complete and every down running back, the Buccaneers don't really need Blount. For one, he was inconsistent as a starter in 2011 and despite minimal opportunities in 2012, Blount has not been a major factor.
In turn, according to Evan Silva of NBC Sports via John Clayton of ESPN:
ESPN's John Clayton said on NFL Live that LeGarrette Blount & Chris Ivory could "probably" be had for 7th-rd picks before trade deadline.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 30, 2012
Also, fellow running back D.J. Ware may have only seven attempts this season but he has averaged seven yards per carry. By no means does that make Ware a more proven back; however, Blount has been given more chances by comparison and continues to disappoint.
Receiving eight carries against the Minnesota Vikings, Blount managed a measly 16 yards while Martin steamrolled for 135. Tampa simply needs to find a better No. 2 back, because Blount has declined since his rookie season.
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