NFL Trade Rumors: 5 Rumors That Have Fallen by the Wayside

Thomas ConroyCorrespondent IJune 3, 2011

NFL Trade Rumors: 5 Rumors That Have Fallen by the Wayside

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (R) talk outside the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFLPA has filed for decertification and will
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     NFL fans, rejoice!

    As the word coming out of Chicago is that Commissioner Roger Goodell and a small group of team owners are meeting with the player’s union to help close the gap in their labor disagreement. Hopefully in a couple weeks, teams can begin planning and organizing for the 2011 season. And once the free-agent signings or trades begin, there will a few expected moves that never materialize.

    Let’s take a look at the five rumors that have fallen by the wayside.

Kyle Orton Is Leaving Denver

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the B
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    It’s been widely speculated that the Denver Broncos would trade QB Kyle Orton if another team makes them an offer that they can’t refuse. But now the Denver Post is reporting that he’s an integral part of head coach John Fox’s offensive game plan for next season. The general feeling in Denver is that Orton gives them the best option to win games immediately and help move the John Elway regime in the right direction.

The Washington Redskins Will Aquire a Veteran Quarterback

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    LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins  is hit by defensive end Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants during a game at FedEx Field on January 2, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Giants won the game 17-14.  (Ph
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    This offseason the Washington Redskins have been linked to every available quarterback on the open market. Now, you can’t even hear a peep coming out of the nation’s capital about Daniel Snyder acquiring Kevin Kolb or Carson Palmer as his prized acquisition for next season. They even passed on some impressive collegiate quarterback talent in the recent NFL draft.

    Redskin fans…is Rex Grossman and John Beck really competing for the starting job or are you patiently waiting for head coach Mike Shanahan to convince upper management that Terrelle Pryor is your quarterback of the future. All that waits is for him to declare for the supplemental draft in July.

Kevin Kolb Will Be the Starting Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles is sacked by DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 14-13.  (Photo by Ji
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    It had been a foregone conclusion that Kevin Kolb was going to be the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. But now several Phoenix media outlets have reported that the Cards might go in another direction, as team management is balking at the trade package demanded by the Philadelphia Eagles for Kolb.

    Recently, ESPN dissected his passing ability on third down and the numbers weren’t promising. Of the 75 passes that Kolb attempted on third down, 19 of them were defended by the opposition, which if you break down further, one in every four passes has a chance to be intercepted. These numbers have certainly raised red flags on Kolb’s playmaking ability and may leave some wondering if he’s truly a good fit in Arizona.

The Minnesota Vikings Acquiring Vince Young

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    NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Lorenzo Alexander #97 of the Washington Redskins forces a fumble by quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverso
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    After his troubles in Tennessee last season, Vince Young is destined to wear another uniform, but it will not be in Minnesota. This rumor gained some legs after it was reported that Young was working out with RB Adrian Peterson in Houston during the offseason.

    The Vikings want to add a veteran play-caller to help with the progression of Christian Ponder, the 12th overall draft choice in this year’s NFL Draft, but they don’t want the baggage that comes with Young. It’s well documented that his bad work habits have strained his relationship with others in locker room and on the coaching staff.

Albert Haynesworth Will Be Playing in Philadelphia Next Season

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins stands on the sidelines during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona
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    You felt the tenuous relationship between Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and DT Albert Haynesworth had reached its boiling point when he failed to dress for the final five games of last season. Some felt there was slim chance of him being dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles because his old line coach Jim Washburn works on Andy Reid’s staff.

    Well, you forget about that happening because Haynesworth has simply not played up to his $100 million contract. Whether it was coming into his first training camp with the Redskins out of shape or the numerous off-the-field incidents, no team can justify him a being a good fit on their roster.