NFL Trade Deadline: Tracking and Recapping All the Latest Rumors and Moves
The NFL's trade deadline will pass today at 4 p.m. Eastern, and unlike previous years there could be a flurry of activity. Thanks to a shortened offseason due to the lockout, some teams are thinner than they would usually be at key positions.
We have already seen the St. Louis Rams make a bold move to acquire wide receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos, and now it appears the Oakland Raiders have picked up quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals.
Those two huge deals are just a sampling of what is being tossed about as this year's deadline creeps closer.
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report throughout the day to get the latest on all the moves and rumors; updates will be added to this page below.
I don't think any teams really came away as losers with today's deals, but Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is certainly not feeling like a winner right now.
Campbell had led the Raiders to a surprising 4-2 start, and then suffered a broken collarbone that may have put him out for the season. If Campbell hadn't been hurt this past Sunday, there is probably no way the Raiders make the move to acquire Carson Palmer.
Oakland clearly plans to start Palmer, which means Campbell is out of a job. He will be a free agent after the season and unless he wants to be Palmer's understudy his time with the Raiders is probably over.
After seeing all of the moves made today I have to say I think the Bengals came away as the big winners at the 2011 NFL trade deadline. They picked up a first-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in the 2013 draft.
Given that Palmer wasn't even playing or giving the Bengals anything right now, and they have already made Andy Dalton their new franchise quarterback, Cincinnati essentially got two draft picks for nothing. The Bengals are 4-2 right now, have the league's second-ranked defense, and an emerging pass-catch combination in Dalton and A.J. Green.
Add two draft picks to a young nucleus and the future looks really bright in Cincinnati.
I have to believe that the Detroit Lions made a deal for Ronnie Brown in the hopes that he can become an every down running back if Jahvid Best does, indeed, miss time because of his concussion problems.
If and when Best returns, Brown is likely to become the team's inside runner, a role that he has performed relatively well in while with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brown is a few years removed from his only 1,000-yard season (2006), but he's only 29 and can probably still do some things.
This looks like a solid move for the Lions.
According to Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders explored a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for backup quarterback Vince Young.
Raiders head coach Hue Jackson apparently wanted to be reunited with Carson Palmer instead. Jackson was the wide receivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2004-06, and knows what the former No. 1 overall pick can do. Palmer made the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2006, so Jackson has seen the 31-year-old quarterback at his best. It makes sense that he wanted a chance to revive the signal-caller's career.
And just like that, the Lions make a last second move.
Detroit has reportedly acquired Ronnie Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2013 seventh-round pick and Jerome Harrison.
This doesn't seem like much of an upgrade for the Lions, but it also didn't cost them a whole lot. Meanwhile, Harrison returns to Philadelphia where he finished the 2010 season.
I was asked about this in the comments so I'll go ahead and address it here. It has not been leaked who was contacting the Browns regarding Peyton Hillis, but one team that would make sense is the Detroit Lions. With Jahvid Best likely out a while thanks to repeated concussion problems, a move to add a running back would make sense on the surface for Detroit.
But when you look deeper, the Lions really like the other options they have in Maurice Morris, Jerome Harrison and Keiland Williams. All three guys can step in and play, and Williams has tremendous upside and has never gotten the chance to show it.
Detroit has done a great job building itself into a contender through the draft. I doubt the team's management would shift course just to acquire a guy (Hillis) who will be a free agent in a few months.
While I lauded the Cincinnati Bengals and what they received in exchange for Carson Palmer, and how their future is setting up, I didn't address what I thought of the deal from Oakland's perspective. I think the Raiders believe they can win now, and getting Palmer should help them do that.
Palmer gives them something that they haven't had under center for a long time in Oakland: consistency. While he wasn't great over his last few seasons in Cincinnati, he didn't have much to work with. With the Raiders he'll be given new life, with a wealth of offensive talent around him.
I expect Palmer to perform very well once he steps in to the starting role.
The Raiders gave up a lot to get the two-time Pro Bowler, but they obviously feel that they are not that far away from consistently competing at the highest levels of the NFL.
Here's another thought on the Hillis/Browns situation. If head coach Pat Shurmur is such a big fan of backup Montario Hardesty and Cleveland is having trouble working out a long-term deal for Hillis, why hasn't the team made him available for the right price?
The whole situation doesn't really make sense to me. If they're not willing to pay Hillis like a top running back (he did run for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns last season) then why hang on to him at the deadline when he will be a free agent this offseason?
If the Browns don't pay Hillis what he thinks he's worth, the 25-year-old will probably just take his chances as a free agent this spring. Then Cleveland will lose him with only a compensatory mid-round draft pick coming in return.
The Indianapolis Colts look like they will not be moving Reggie Wayne or Robert Mathis and that's probably the right move. Indianapolis is having a horrible season, but Wayne and Mathis are important parts of the roster and the Colts should turn their attention to signing both guys to long-term contracts.
Wayne and Mathis are both in the final year of their contracts and neither is likely to get the franchise tag this offseason because Peyton Manning's contract will be taking up a huge chunk of the team's salary cap.
Indianapolis is doing the right thing holding on to both guys, now they need to get busy extending their contracts.
Just a quick update here: Peyton Hillis is still not available despite people continuing to talk about him. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer also claims—contrary to previous reports—that no teams are calling on the running back either.
I don't buy that no one has called about Hillis, but I do believe the Browns won't trade him.
As mentioned, the Philadelphia Eagles have made it known that Asante Samuel is available via trade before the deadline that comes up within the next hour. While it would take a miracle to move Samuel at this point, a team that might be interested in acquiring the four-time Pro Bowler is the Detroit Lions.
The Lions and Eagles spoke about a potential deal back in August, but even so, this would seem to be coming at the last minute. If Philadelphia is just looking to dump salary, maybe the two teams can work something out, but if the Eagles want to get anything significant in return this won't be happening.
The Indianapolis Colts have made it clear in the past that drafting defensive end Jerry Hughes in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft was a mistake. The TCU product has made virtually no impact at the NFL level and has been a complete disappointment.
Well, Hughes is firmly on the trading block right now but it doesn't look like anyone is interested in acquiring the second-year end who has posted just one sack in 16 career games. The 23-year-old is unlikely to be moved before today's deadline and if the Colts want to dump him they will likely have to wait until the offseason.
It is now official, Donovan McNabb has been benched by the Minnesota Vikings in favor of rookie Christian Ponder. While some might immediately think the Vikings could just trade the veteran signal-caller rather than have an expensive backup, don't count on it.
Now that the Raiders are set with Carson Palmer under center, the only teams in desperate need of quarterback help are the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. Neither of those squads are going to spend the money or draft pick(s) it would take to acquire and pay McNabb, who is making a minimum of $5.05 million this season.
Don't expect the Vikings to be able to move McNabb.
As mentioned earlier, as a result of Brandon Lloyd being traded to the Rams, fellow receiver Mike Sims-Walker was released by St. Louis. The Jaguars were immediately interested in re-acquiring their former wideout and now that appears set to happen.
Sims-Walker is reportedly flying to Jacksonville today to sign with the Jaguars.
The Cleveland Browns are now saying they have no interest in trading running back Peyton Hillis, despite receiving multiple calls about him.
Given the current status of contract negotiations between Hillis and the Browns, I still think the team should at least listen to offers for the Madden 12 cover boy. Listening and talking doesn't mean they have to make a move, and it can't possibly hurt anything.
The Cleveland Browns have made no indication that they are planning to trade running back Peyton Hillis, but that hasn't stopped teams from calling about the Madden 12 cover boy.
Jason LaCanfora is reporting that while a trade is unlikely, teams around the league are interested in acquiring Hillis and have made calls about him.
I don't think Cleveland will move Hillis, but it might be in the team's best interests to at least consider it. Contract negotiations with the 25-year-old running back are not going well and he will be a free agent after the season. Head coach Pat Shurmur loves backup Montario Hardesty and would probably be comfortable using him moving forward.
Hillis is making just $600,000 this season, which is ridiculous when you consider the numbers he put up last season. The fact that the Browns haven't locked him up to a long-term deal yet shows that they aren't necessarily sold on him as a big part of the team's future.
A trade is unlikely but the Browns might want to at least listen to what other teams are offering.
Rumors have been floating around for a few days that the Indianapolis Colts were willing to part with receiver Reggie Wayne and defensive end Robert Mathis for the right price. Don't expect that to happen.
Wayne and Mathis are both in the final year of their contracts, and because of that the best the Colts would get in return for them would be mid-to-late round draft picks. If both guys end up walking in the offseason Indianapolis will receive compensatory draft picks anyway. Therefore a trade makes no sense.
The Colts likely want to keep both guys long-term anyway and if they hang on to both they can try to work out contracts for both of them.
Wayne is going to turn 33 next month and Mathis is 30, so both guys should have a few solid years left if Indianapolis can lock them up.
Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has said Tuesday that he hasn't received any calls about running back Matt Forte as the deadline approaches. While the Bears and Forte are currently locked in contract negotiations that have drawn out for far too long, there is almost no chance the team would trade its star back.
Forte has been outstanding this season, racking up 527 yards on 99 carries (5.3 average), and 381 yards on 36 receptions. His 908 yards from scrimmage is tops in the NFL.
Forte has been the key to Chicago's entire offensive attack and even if the Bears were being flooded with offers they would be idiotic to move him.
When the St. Louis Rams acquired Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos, it meant the end of the line for receiver Mike Sims-Walker with the franchise. Sims-Walker was cut yesterday, and apparently the Jacksonville Jaguars are interested in re-acquiring him.
Sims-Walker spent his first four years of his NFL career in Jacksonville and would likely welcome a chance to return home. This looks like something that could happen quickly.
Eddie Royal has requested a trade from the Denver Broncos but I'd be shocked if he actually moves. The Broncos already unloaded Brandon Lloyd, and while they love Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, they won't be willing to bank the team's future on those two guys.
Once Lloyd was sent to the St. Louis Rams, that pretty much ended any chance that Royal would be headed elsewhere.
You have to be impressed with what the Cincinnati Bengals pulled off today. They added two first-round draft picks in exchange for a guy who hasn't even been playing. Plus Andy Dalton is developing nicely, A.J. Green is living up to the hype and they have the league's No. 2 ranked defense.
Couple that with their 4-2 record and things certainly look bright in Cincinnati.
We now have confirmation that the Philadelphia Eagles are, in fact, trying to make a move before today's 4 p.m. deadline to do so.
Jason LaCanfora is reporting that the Eagles have let it be known that cornerback Asante Samuel could be had before the deadline. LaCanfora says he doesn't think the odds of something happening are very good, and I tend to agree with him.
Samuel is a very good player, but he has $18.8 million left on his contract for the next two years, not to mention the $5.9 million he is being paid this season. That's a lot of money for a guy who will turn 31 in January.
At best the Eagles will get someone to take him off their hands in exchange for a late-round draft pick, but don't expect anything special to happen here. Philadelphia may have to wait until the offseason and just cut Samuel, or work a trade that would likely be contingent on the four-time Pro Bowler re-working his current contract.
Kyle Orton's name has been bandied about in trade talks since the opening of the NFL's shortened offseason. Now that he has been benched by the Denver Broncos, some wondered if the team would try to unload the 28-year-old signal-caller.
Well it looks as if Orton won't be going anywhere. The Purdue product was rumored to be a deep backup option for the Raiders, but now that Oakland solved its quarterback problem by acquiring Carson Palmer, there are really no potential landing spots left for Orton.
As if the way he has played this season wasn't enough of a stumbling block to a trade, Orton is making $7.379 million this season, and there isn't a team in the league willing to pay that for what would amount to half a season of a wildly inconsistent quarterback.
Sorry Broncos fans, Orton will continue to be a ridiculously overpaid backup for the remainder of the season.
The Philadelphia Eagles could be looking for some changes to help out their 2-4 roster. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that defensive end Juqua Parker's name has been tossed around in trade discussions, since fellow end Brandon Graham is likely to return sometime soon.
In addition to Parker, the Eagles might be interested in moving either Asante Samuel or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie today before the deadline in order to free up the team's logjam at cornerback.
Nothing is imminent on either front, but as the deadline approaches there could be some more talk about the Eagles possibly moving one or more of the players they have at positions of strength. Philadelphia is woefully thin at both offensive line and linebacker and would love to add some depth to both spots as well.
Carson Palmer is no longer a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. The team's long-time franchise quarterback has officially been traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for two draft picks. The compensation is expected to be a first-round pick in 2012 and a conditional first-rounder in 2013.
This is probably the biggest move we'll see all day, as up until just now it appeared that Bengals owner Mike Brown was content to allow Palmer to stay in semi-retirement. Now, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2003 NFL Draft has a chance to actually go somewhere and make a difference, as the Raiders are in desperate need of quarterback help with Jason Campbell likely gone for the season thanks to a collarbone injury.
The Raiders paid a hefty price for Palmer, but obviously at 4-2, they think they can compete this season and needed a quarterback to do so.
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