The 2013 NFL trade deadline was rather anticlimactic, with only one, relatively minor transaction to speak of. Sure, there was plenty of juicy speculation and high-profile names swirling in the rumor mill, but nothing ultimately came of it.
Of all the major sports, it seems pro football's last-gasp trade window is consistently the least eventful.
ESPN's Andrew Brandt put it best as to at least part of the reason why a large portion of the deals don't go down:
With just an hour remaining before the deadline expired, B/R NFL expert Matt Miller noted that fans shouldn't be more excited than they would be on any other typical Tuesday:
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported the lone big move of the day: The Philadelphia Eagles traded defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga to the New England Patriots, with draft picks exchanged between each side:
Sopoaga helps fortify a Patriots defensive front that lost Vince Wilfork for the season to a torn Achilles.
The most widely discussed story of the day—where movement looked to be at least a possibility—came from multiple teams' interest in Minnesota Vikings star defensive end Jared Allen.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on the matter, noting the Seattle Seahawks were scrambling to make a move for him. Schefter pointed out how the two teams were trading partners for a deal that landed playmaker Percy Harvin:
However, Glazer refuted Seattle's interest in Allen:
Schefter later followed up not long before the deadline to report that the Seahawks' brass would no longer pursue Allen, even with the rather modest compensation for a player of his caliber:
Schefter reported, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen, that the Vikings were seeking a second-round pick as compensation but would consider a conditional third-rounder.
Alas, it was to no avail, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Seahawks' interest was being greatly exaggerated in the first place:
Gil Brandt then reported that the Denver Broncos also were trying to acquire Allen, who would form quite the pass-rushing tandem along with Von Miller:
About 15 minutes before the deadline, Glazer noted that the last unspecified team in discussions with Minnesota had bowed out:
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon made it publicly known that he's "tired of" the persistent trade rumors that have surrounded him this season, but he isn't going anywhere.
ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi cited multiple sources that were correct in saying nothing was imminent with little time on the deadline clock:
With plenty of ammunition in the form of two first-round picks in the upcoming NFL draft, it is unclear what would have been enough for the Browns' new regime to give up such a No. 1-caliber talent in Gordon.
Whatever was offered was not up to snuff, but the league had to be ready for anything from Cleveland's front office after it traded running back Trent Richardson earlier in the season.
Albert Breer of NFL Network noted that Gordon may present more value in the trade market when the season ends, though:
CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora acknowledged that the interest in Gordon was strong, but no team offered enough for him:
In providing an update as to where Gordon stood even before Grossi's account, Rapoport also noted that the New York Giants were not even listening to offers for wideout Hakeem Nicks any longer:
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reported recently on two high-profile players who were also being chatted about as possible trade pieces—Allen's teammate, Adrian Peterson and Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon.
Considering both players were past top-fight draft picks and are the best individuals on their respective teams, though, a deal seemed unlikely in the first place.
In the midst of the much-to-do-about-nothing trade rumors, Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke dreamed up an interesting concept:
La Canfora provided an update 40 minutes before the deadline, noting that Washington couldn't find a taker for tight end Fred Davis, and that Kenny Britt was still for sale from Tennessee:
Davis has become expendable with the recent emergence of rookie pass-catching tight end Jordan Reed, who has 17 catches for 224 yards in his past two games.
John Glennon of the Tennessean reported earlier this week that Britt was open to a fresh start, but the talented receiver intimated he would "probably" rather stay with the Titans if it were up to him. Britt will stay in Tennessee after all.
B/R's Mike Freeman spoke to an unnamed team official, and relayed a hilarious assessment of the day's inactivity:
On ESPN's NFL Insiders, Schefter reported that the Oakland Raiders would not trade running back Darren McFadden, who is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of 2013 anyway.
It would make little sense for an improving Raiders team to trade one of the most talented players on the roster.
RaidersBeat.com's Twitter summed up Oakland's situation well after Week 8's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was the subject of trade speculation, and acknowledged in a report by ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure that he understood the basis of the rumors.
However, the Falcons did not move him.
One popular destination some lobbied for was the Kansas City Chiefs, Gonzalez's old team, who would give him a great shot at his first Super Bowl ring. Like all the rumors on the day, though, nothing transpired.
Freeman and Brandt reflected the shared sentiments of many fans on Twitter, implying that the deadline is almost nonexistent:
Breer doesn't see things getting any more exciting next season at this time, either:
On a day that seemed ripe with potential activity, there wasn't much to speak of. No huge tremors were sent to alter the NFL landscape, and the majority of front offices stood pat.