Tuesday, October 30 was expected to be the trade deadline of the 2012 season. However, with the NFL offices – located in New York, New York – closed for Tuesday for Hurricane Sandy – along with the rest of the Eastern seaboard – the trade deadline was pushed back 48 hours to Thursday. This delay has opened the window for team personnel to field more offers for players, and dig deeper into the trading-realm.
The flood gates opened this weekend, when ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson reported that Rams running back Steven Jackson and Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams are on the trade block, and their respective teams are fielding offers for both. Earlier in the week it was reported that Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe could be headed to SouthBeach, but that report has since been denied, and Bowe will likely be trapped in Kansas City for the remainder of the year under the Franchise Tag.
Come Tuesday, there’s now a ‘55 percent’ that Jackson is traded, according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. We also know that one playoff contender has peeked into the possibility of trading for Williams, according to Johnathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.
Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s John Clayton reported that Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount and Saints running Back Chris Ivory, who has been upset with his role with the team, could both be had for the low price of a seventh-round pick.
Clayton also reported that Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins’ name is in the trade pool, but the Cowboys have turned that possibility down since June, when General Manager and Owner Jerry Jones lowered the iron fist, saying, “We’re not going to trade Jenkins.” If the Cowboys are to trade Jenkins, ESPN’s Todd Archer believes that they could receive a fourth-round pick in return.
Shortly before Clayton reported the latest trade news, the Jaguars shipped WR Mike Thomas to Detroit, where receivers Calvin Johnson and Titus Young are both banged up, and Nate Burleson is out for the year after breaking a leg. Thomas has 13 receptions for 80 yards in the 2012 season for the Jags.
The move has surprised many, considering the Lions defensive backs have been heavily scrutinized with injuries to Louis Delmas and Jacob Lacey decimating the pass defense. Some expect Thomas to take the slot role from rookie Ryan Broyles in the coming weeks. With just 13 catches on the season in Jacksonville, Thomas shouldn’t be expected to do much in Detroit, with a much more stacked receiver corps.
The trade season is just getting into full swing. While it’s unlikely we see any blockbuster deals with the likes of Dwayne Bowe or Steven Jackson, we’re going to see many trades like the Thomas trade until Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline.
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Down and Distance Columnist – Christian Hardy @theFFaddict