NFL general managers might be the most reticent people in sports when it comes to making in season trades. That is not to say that it never happens though. During last the Detroit Lions traded receiver Roy Williams for a first rounder and change to the Dallas Cowboys.
And in 2010 it might be even easier to make a big trade then in 2009. 2010 is the uncapped year and teams do not have to worry about negative cap implications by making a trade. There is no cap to complicate.
The uncertain salary cap situation has also increased the likelihood of a trade because there are a greater number of players who are unhappy with their contract negotiations. Many teams are reluctant to extend their own players because no one can know how any of those contracts will be affected by a newly negotiated collective bargaining agreement.
A big sticking point for players is that even if their contracts were due to expire this season, if they have not accrued six years or more NFL service they automatically become Restricted Free Agents, even if they were supposed to be Unrestricted.
What that means is that any team that signs a restricted free agent would have to sacrifice draft picks to do so, and that is only if the the player's original team decides not to match the terms of the contract, which is their right.
Football players don’t want to hear that though, they want to be paid according to their performance, and many of these men have too much pride and fear to play for a small one-year contract. Pride in that they know they deserve more, and fear of injury.
So unlike other years 2010 features a few Pro-Bowl players holding out into the season, hoping for a trade.
The following is a list of NFL stars that could and should be dealt before the October 19 deadline along with what compensation I think teams are looking for a player and which teams are in the running or should be in the running for trading for the player.