NFL Trade Deadline: Deals That Need to be Made Before It's Too Late

Brian Dezelske@@BrianDezelskeCorrespondent IIIOctober 12, 2011

NFL Trade Deadline: Deals That Need to be Made Before It's Too Late

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    The NFL's trade deadline is a week away and according to John McLain of the Houston Chronicle, the New York Jets have made the first set of waves—sending wide receiver Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans for a conditional draft pick in 2012.

    Other teams like the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals have also popped up in trade talks as the October 18th deadline approaches.

    The trade rumors that are swirling around can save a team from a completely lost season, or position a team for a deep playoff run.

Aaron Curry: Seattle Seahawks

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    The Seahawks are said to have been shopping Aaron Curry pretty hard. According to Mike Florio of, the Philadelphia Eagles could be a potential suitor for Curry’s services.

    Given the Eagles are 30th in the league against the run, having a speedy run-stopping linebacker who can shed blockers is a must for a 1-4 “Dream Team” that hopes to salvage the sliver of playoff hope they have left this season.

    Curry, a former No. 4 overall pick in 2009, may come with a hefty price tag. The Eagles would be smart to seriously consider parting ways with one of their Pro-Bowl corners.

Brandon Lloyd: Denver Broncos

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    The other day, Evan Silva of NBC Sports tweeted, “#Rams ought to put in call about Brandon Lloyd before trade deadline. Lloyd in last year of deal, hard to imagine #Broncos committing big $.”

    Knowing how weak the NFC West has been in past years I say this not knowing exactly what the 49ers bring to the table yet, bringing in a guy like Lloyd, who is a true No. 1 receiver would be a boost. The offense could finally turn things around in the Gateway City.

Kyle Orton: Denver Broncos

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    The Denver Broncos have officially named Tim Tebow the starter—raising speculation that Kyle Orton could be dealt by the October 18th deadline.

    The Seattle Seahawks make an interesting landing spot for him.

    Orton could walk in and immediately upgrade the Seahawks quarterback position, which currently has Charlie Whitehurst slated to start after their bye this week.

    The Seahawks are in a wide-open NFC West and only two games behind the division-leading San Francisco 49ers—and they lost Tarvaris Jackson to a high-grade pectoral strain. Even when a healthy Jackson comes back, he’s still not nearly as good as Orton.

Carson Palmer: Retired/Cincinnati Bengals

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    The Seattle Seahawks need to take a serious look at every potential upgrade at the quarterback position—this includes the possibility of reuniting Carson Palmer with Pete Carroll.

    Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown simply has to deal Carson Palmer, if the Bengals are to have any chance of moving forward and getting rid of this cloud of negativity that seems to be constantly hanging over this organization.

    Steve Wyche of is reporting that Brown said, “I don’t have anything to say about that,” in regards to trading Palmer—and until he does something about this issue, Palmer will remain retired.

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