The NFL Trade has come and gone, and all though there were a lot of rumors this year about a lot of players wanting to be moved there was little to no actions. The real problem here is the NFL trade deadline is far too early in the season. At this point in the season we really only know who the really bad teams are, and these teams usually do not have any one worth trading a draft pick for. More simply at the mid point of October, not enough NFL team are out of it so they hang on to their players thinking they can still make a run at the playoffs.
This year it seemed that there were enough terrible teams, and enough talent not producing on their current teams that a few deal could get done. The most significant of those was Terrell Owens in Buffalo. T.O. has not been the factor the Bills though he would be, and it seems that their problems are larger than what a player like T.O. could compensate for. Since he is on a one year deal he looked attractive, and the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens seemed interested. Since he has not rocked the boat up there, and helped the team sell, tickets and merchandise the Bills were content to keep him.
It is kind of interesting that The Raiders didn’t make a move for a QB. Jarmarcus Russell is clearly not the answer for them, and Brady Quinn form Cleveland was available. The problem there is the Browns have given him every chance to beat Derrick Anderson for the starting job, and he has failed to do so.
It also seemed that the San Diego Chargers were ready to deal LB Shawne Merrimen. However with a hurt groin, many in the NFL are uncertain he will ever be the player he once was. In the end the coming NFL draft is, supposed to be one of the deepest drafts in NFL history and teams were unwilling to change significantly their approach for 2009.