NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Teams Who Screwed Themselves by Not Making a Deal

Justine BrownCorrespondent IIOctober 19, 2011

NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Teams Who Screwed Themselves by Not Making a Deal

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    The NFL trade deadline came and went today at 4 p.m. ET.  

    The biggest trades of the day were semi-retired Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders and Eagles running back Ronnie Brown to the Lions which resulted in the Bengals and Lions both having successful days.

    However, there were a few teams that should have made moves but missed the boat; here are a few of those teams.

Denver Broncos

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    With Tim Tebow being named the Denver Broncos starter, many believed quarterback Kyle Orton's days were numbered.  

    When the trade deadline came and went on Tuesday and the Broncos failed to reach a trade agreement with anyone to get rid of Orton and his contract, Denver definitely missed out on what could have been a huge opportunity.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Philadelphia Eagles traded running back Ronnie Brown to the Detroit Lions for Jerome Harrison and a 2013 draft pick, which was probably not a bad decision on their behalf.  

    However, the Eagles missed an opportunity on Tuesday to get rid of cornerback Asante Samuel and his steep contract.  

    Heading into the trade deadline, it sounded like Samuel was going to be a hot commodity, and with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at the corner position as well, the Eagles could afford to get rid of him.

    With the trade deadline coming and going and a deal not being reached with a team for Samuel, it's safe to assume that the $18.8 million left on the last two years of his contract was too high of a price tag for most teams.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Indianapolis was rumored to have had both Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne on the trading block today, but the Colts made no moves before the deadline.  

    Mathis and Wayne are two of the teams best players, but they each have one year left on their rather expensive contracts and they're only getting older.  

    At 30 and 32 years old, Mathis and Wayne don't have too many good years left, but the team could have probably shopped at least one of the two players in order to acquire some help for their 0-6 team.

Houston Texans

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    At 3-3, the Houston Texans are still in the playoff chase, but after their hot start to the season, things have cooled down the past few weeks.  The Texans have taken some major hits, most notably with injuries to Andre Johnson and Mario Williams.

    The Texans made a move to help fill the void of Johnson by acquiring wide receiver Derrick Mason from the Jets, but they still could use some help on the defensive line, as well as in the secondary.  The Texans could have used a move to acquire a lineman or cornerback to help solidify their shaky defense.

Tennessee Titans

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    The Tennessee Titans are atop the AFC South and have enjoyed a great beginning to the season, despite a rough start by running back Chris Johnson and a new quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck.  

    However, the performance of wide receiver Kenny Britt early on had a lot to do with the Titans' success and ever since Britt went down with a season-ending injury in Week 3, the team has been in need of a wide receiver to aid Nate Washington.

    Once Brandon Lloyd was dealt by the Broncos in a trade to the St. Louis Rams, options became limited, but the Titans probably should have been more aggressive in this hunt.