On Tuesday, at 4 PM ET, the NFL trade deadline came and went without many even noticing. Unlike the three other major sports (NBA, NHL, and MLB), the NFL trade deadline is simply just another day on the calendar. There’s always some small chatter, but rarely does a notable move come to fruition. Teams hoard draft picks like gold, even though many sixth- and seventh-rounders end up useless.
Sure, on Monday, the Browns and Patriots made some noise, with New England shipping stud LB Jamie Collins to Cleveland for a third-round compensatory selection. Rotoworld’s Jesse Pantuosco recapped that deal in yesterday’s Dose here. Plenty of other players were rumored to be either available for trade or sought after by other teams. Let’s take a quick look at those names.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reports the Saints “made a play” for Browns CB Joe Haden. The Browns have seemed willing to trade just about anybody, so why not ask? Cleveland’s asking price ended up being too high for New Orleans GM Mickey Loomis. Haden has battled groin injuries for the past month, but it’s evident the Saints need secondary help. Haden could be a release/trade candidate in the spring. He has three years left on a mega-extension he signed back in May of 2014.
Torrey Smith’s name had been floating around as someone who could be dealt for about a week. He looked like the one closest to being traded among the “big” names. Smith’s prime is being wasted in San Francisco, and the Eagles were allegedly making a strong play to acquire him. There was a report they were willing to send the 49ers a fifth-rounder for Smith, but San Francisco GM Trent Baalke was asking for a third-rounder. Ha. Good one, Trent. Smith admitted the “selfish side” of him wanted to be traded, but he’s stuck for the rest of the season. Smith will likely be on a new team in 2017. He turns 28 in January and should have a couple more good years of deep speed left.
This one didn’t generate much action, but Sirius XM NFL Radio reported Tuesday that the Cowboys were interested in Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake. Nothing materialized after that report. But the Dolphins are going nowhere fast, and Wake turns 35 in January. The 6-1 Cowboys are begging for players who can get after the opposing quarterback. They’ll have to look elsewhere.
Profootballtalk’s Mike Florio reported the Jets were “actively shopping” DE Sheldon Richardson. ESPN Dallas’ Todd Archer reported they called the Cowboys to gauge their interest. New York was certainly asking for a first- or second-round pick in return. Richardson would have been a heck of an addition for Dallas, but the price had to have been high. Richardson seems like someone sure to switch teams in the offseason after the Jets used a 2015 first-rounder on Leonard Williams and signed RE Muhammad Wilkerson to a monster deal in the summer. Richardson is the odd man out.
One deal did go down. The Lions acquired CB Johnthan Banks from the Bucs in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round pick. It was reported the Bucs were going to release Banks on Monday. Instead, they shipped him out for a pick that will likely turn into nothing. Banks is a former second-rounder with good length at 6’2/185, but he fell out of favor under the new Tampa regime.
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In Other News…
Jamaal Charles’ season looked to take a turn for the worst when he only received one carry in the Week 7 home loss to the Saints. He was eventually inactive this past week against the Colts, and it was revealed he needed to make another trip to renowned knee surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. Charles now needs a second knee surgery, though it’s unclear what that operation entails. The Chiefs have placed Charles on injured reserve, and he’ll be sidelined a minimum of eight weeks. His season is effectively over. Turning 30 in December, Charles’ Chiefs career may also be done. All of the guaranteed money in his deal has dried up, and Spencer Ware has taken over No. 1 duties.
Percy Harvin informed the Bills back in April that he was retiring at 27 years old. Injuries had mounted up, and Harvin wasn’t himself the past couple years. But things changed Tuesday. The Bills reached out to Harvin to gauge his interest in a return, and Harvin obliged, choosing to rejoin the team. Coach Rex Ryan admitted he’s trying to “catch lighting in a bottle” with the signing, but this offense is desperate for playmakers, and Harvin is one of the best of the past decade. He’s probably not in football shape, but Harvin should know the offense well enough to play immediately.
Carlos Hyde was unable to play Week 7 ahead of this past week’s bye due to a shoulder injury. But beat writer Cam Inman believes Hyde “appears on track” to return for Week 9 against the Saints despite him practicing in a non-contact jersey on Tuesday. It’s likely just part of Hyde’s recovery. Look for Hyde to shed the jersey Wednesday or Thursday ahead of a dream home spot.
Coming out of the bye week on Monday, Ben Roethlisberger (knee) practiced on Monday. And on Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin conceded his star quarterback could play against the Ravens on Sunday. The Steelers aren’t trying to have Landry Jones make another start under center, and Big Ben has long been one of the toughest players in the league, constantly playing hurt. The Steelers need to get back on track after back-to-back losses to Miami and New England.
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Quarterback & Running Back Slants
Giants rookie RB Paul Perkins’ role isn’t expected to significantly grow coming out of the bye. … The Jets made a series of running back moves Tuesday, claiming Knile Davis off waivers from the Packers, only to end up waiving him on the same day in order to sign C.J. Spiller. Troymaine Pope was also cut. … Doug Martin (hamstring) has yet to resume practicing. Coach Dirk Koetter acknowledged he’ll use a committee featuring Antone Smith and Peyton Barber in Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers’ (foot) absences. … Free agents Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard worked out for the Chiefs. Kansas City opted to sign Bishop Sankey off the Patriots’ practice squad. … Blaine Gabbert remains the 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback for now. … 49ers OC Curtis Modkins said DuJuan Harris has earned more work. It won’t matter if Carlos Hyde is ready to face the Saints. … Tevin Coleman (hamstring) remained sidelined on Tuesday. … Owner Jerry Jones hinted Dak Prescott will remain the Cowboys’ starter even when Tony Romo (back) is healthy.
Wide Receiver & Tight End Slants
Titans signed WR Tre McBride off their practice squad. … Coby Fleener played just 34 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 8 against the Seahawks. That’s his lowest snap share of the season, and Fleener seems to have been passed on the depth chart by Josh Hill. … Lions placed TE Cole Wick on injured reserve with a knee injury. … Markus Wheaton has been leapfrogged on the Steelers’ depth chart by Darrius Heyward-Bey. … Dion Sims has resumed practicing, but remains in the league’s concussion protocol. … Bucs WR Russel Shepard (hip) did not practice Monday or Tuesday. … Julio Jones’ Week 8 knee “injury” is being classified as just a bruise. … Eagles WR/KR Josh Huff was busted for DUI, possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a firearm and six hollow-point bullets, speeding, and tinted windows Tuesday morning in New Jersey. … Eli Rogers is fully healthy coming out of the bye week and should be back to his normal slot role against Baltimore. … Coach Mike Tomlin said Ladarius Green (ankle, PUP) could play against the Ravens this week. … Jordan Cameron remains in the league’s concussion protocol coming out of the bye.