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At the trade deadline, expect the unexpected

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At 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the ability of NFL teams to make trades ends until March 2014.  Plenty of potential deals have been discussed, and the fact that seven former first-round picks have changed teams via trade since August 19 (A.J. Jenkins, Jon Baldwin, Trent Richardson, Jon Beason, Eugene Monroe, Levi Brown, Bryant McKinnie) makes a potential deadline deal or two (or three) seem likely.

On Sunday, we tried to cast a wide net regarding possible deals that could be made.  Even then, chances are that any deal that happens could be a deal we’re not expecting — primarily because every trade deadline seems to include a trade the wasn’t on anyone’s radar.

Last year, for example, the Buccaneers shipped cornerback Aqib Talib to New England, catching everyone off guard.  Also, receiver Mike Thomas was traded from Jacksonville to Detroit.

In 2011, an injury to Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell prompted an eleventh-hour effort to pry Carson Palmer away from the Bengals.  Other deals included receiver Brandon Lloyd being sent from the Broncos to the Rams and linebacker Aaron Curry heading from Seattle to Oakland.

In 2010, the Pats dumped receiver Randy Moss on the Vikings, who would soon dump him onto the waiver wire.  Also, the Seahawks traded receiver Deion Branch to the Patriots, the Browns traded running back Jerome Harrison to the Eagles for running back Mike Bell, the Jaguars traded defensive back Anthony Smith to the Packers, and the Chiefs shipped defensive end Alex Magee to the Buccaneers.

In 2009, the Browns traded receiver Braylon Edwards to the Jets, the Buccaneers traded defensive end Gaines Adams to the Bears, the Chiefs traded defensive tackle Tank Tyler to the Panthers, and the Rams traded linebacker Will Witherspoon to the Eagles for receiver Brandon Gibson plus a draft pick.

In 2008, the Bills traded defensive tackle John McCargo to the Colts and the Lions traded receiver Roy Williams to the Cowboys.

Most if not all of those trades weren’t on the media’s radar screen when they happened.  But happen they did, which means that a deal we don’t expect to happen could happen today.  And we’ll be here all day updating you on the potential deals that go down.

Make sure you’re here all day, hitting your refresh button and seeing whether any expected or unexpected deals will go down.

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49 Responses to “At the trade deadline, expect the unexpected”
  1. tcmiller30 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:19 AM

    The Bills didn’t trade McCargo to the Colts.. The Bills tried to trade McCargo to the Colts, but he failed his physical and was shipped back to Buffalo.

    Proving that not only was he a huge bust as a first round pick for the Bills, but he couldn’t even get traded without screwing it up..

  2. buddysguys says: Oct 29, 2013 8:22 AM

    i do not believe the John McCargo trade ever went through. #factchecker

  3. mrbigass says: Oct 29, 2013 8:23 AM

    Roy Williams to the Cowgirls…….ok, still funny…..

  4. ttommytom says: Oct 29, 2013 8:28 AM

    You can’t expect the unexpected.

    It means don’t waste a moment thinking about anything and what is the fun in that???

  5. madtolive5 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:32 AM

    Nothing is going to happen.
    Stop trying to create a new revenue stream for the NFL…

  6. ramitbaby says: Oct 29, 2013 8:34 AM

    Can we trade Brian Schottendinger for a pizza? We’ll throw in a 1st rounder.

  7. pfic15 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:42 AM

    Hopefully the only thing that gets traded is the Redskins name……for world peace.

  8. dublindemonszfl says: Oct 29, 2013 8:44 AM

    Hey maybe we can trade the Vikings coaching staff and GM to toys r us for a little red wagon.

  9. thereep says: Oct 29, 2013 8:46 AM

    Hopefully, the Steelers will trade Todd Haley.

  10. Robert Chandler says: Oct 29, 2013 8:48 AM

    My (crazy?) Trade Predictions:
    – Jared Allen to Denver
    – Toby Gerhardt to Dallas
    – Kenny Britt to NE
    – Christian Ponder to Jacksonville
    – Jairus Byrd to PITT
    – Hakeem Nicks to JETS

  11. geniusry says: Oct 29, 2013 8:49 AM

    I fully expect nothing to happen. Aside from one or two trades every year, it’s quiet in the NFL at the deadline.

  12. thetroofishere says: Oct 29, 2013 8:51 AM

    Looking at the list of names, only Talib has worked out. I don’t anyone makes a trade this year.

  13. gothier22 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:59 AM

    Expect the unexpected… would nothing be unexpected??

  14. DonKellyBaby says: Oct 29, 2013 9:04 AM

    I have a feeling the Lions are going to buyers today. Look for them to wheel in a WR.

  15. pftmaniac says: Oct 29, 2013 9:07 AM

    I’d like to see a Buccaneers fire sale: They should move Vincent Jackson, Darrelle Revis, Donald Penn, Dashon Goldson, and Dakota Watson to load up on draft picks in 2014-2015 for the rebuilding effort under the new GM & HC. They can finish 0-16, 1-15, or 2-14 with or without those “star players.”

  16. conormacleod says: Oct 29, 2013 9:13 AM

    “Make sure you’re here all day, hitting your refresh button and seeing whether any expected or unexpected deals will go down.”
    ————————————–
    This is all he wanted you to actually read and do.

  17. shackdelrio says: Oct 29, 2013 9:14 AM

    I hope nobody expects the Jaguars to trade Blackmon. Because it isn’t happening.

  18. dredddog says: Oct 29, 2013 9:21 AM

    To bad tha “Walrus” isn’t with another team. We could trade him Weeden back for the first round pick he used on that bum.

  19. deathmonkey41 says: Oct 29, 2013 9:22 AM

    I expect Tim Tebow to be traded from McDonalds to Burger King.

  20. getyourownname says: Oct 29, 2013 9:27 AM

    I think the League should have a “pot luck” party, where every team brings a player they don’t want and can’t trade, and puts their name in a big bowl, then teams draw the names from the bowl and takes home the player they drew. That way every team can claim they have “improved”, fans can watch, just like the draft, and there’s a lot of excitement.

    Then at the end of the season all the drawn players get cut.

  21. jbaxt says: Oct 29, 2013 9:36 AM

    Ha! The raiders are hilarious. A 1st and 2nd for Carson Palmer. That franchise never fails to suck at whatever decision they make. Here’s to another sub par season, losers!

  22. m2karateman says: Oct 29, 2013 9:48 AM

    Nobody saw the Roy Williams trade coming? Really? That possibility was talked about at length in Detroit BEFORE it happened. Particularly after Millen got canned. What really surprised us was just how much Jerry Jones gave up to get that bum.

    Thanks Jerruh!

  23. denverwally says: Oct 29, 2013 9:56 AM

    Ponder to Jax?? Just what they need, another QB who doesn’t know if the ball is stuffed or pumped.

  24. patriottony says: Oct 29, 2013 10:03 AM

    EXPECT EITHER:
    JARED ALLEN to NE
    OR
    VINCENT JACKSON to NE

    I’m gonna win on one of those…

  25. pftstory says: Oct 29, 2013 10:04 AM

    How many of those deals made a significant difference?

  26. pftstory says: Oct 29, 2013 10:07 AM

    As for the Bucs fire sale. Makes sense if the GM/HC were staying. But as it stands they need to fight to prove they should stay. They can’t do that by sending away the little talent they have.
    Though the premise is solid. Is the GM safe? I’d bet the farm (like most would) the HC is gone as soon as the final gone of week 17 sounds. But I would not say fire sale down to scraps.

  27. nflpoker says: Oct 29, 2013 10:07 AM

    Robert Chandler says:
    Oct 29, 2013 8:48 AM
    My (crazy?) Trade Predictions:
    – Jared Allen to Denver
    – Toby Gerhardt to Dallas
    – Kenny Britt to NE
    – Christian Ponder to Jacksonville
    – Jairus Byrd to PITT
    – Hakeem Nicks to JETS
    ————————————————–
    I don’t agree with all of the above, but here goes some thoughts:

    – I agree that Jared Allen goes to Denver. Denver’s pass defense ranking is around 30th.
    – Ponder stays put, Cassel goes.
    – Tebow goes to Burger King so he can ask you how you want it your way. However, this is not a trade unless he is working at Taco Bell right now.
    – I could see Gerhardt going to Dallas, as Dallas is 27th in rushing right now.

  28. justintuckrule says: Oct 29, 2013 10:15 AM

    I sense jerry jones is growing extremely restless. He must figure that if he can’t win the division this year, he never will. The skins, giants and eagles are all in uncharacteristic down years.

    I think he’ll try to hit a five run homer and trade his next three drafts for Peterson and Allen. If he gets them 2, the balance of power in the NFC could totally shift. I see the Vikings getting even for the walker trade.

  29. jimmysee says: Oct 29, 2013 10:15 AM

    It’s telling that, really, none of those trades of former first round selections amounted to much.

    A bust is a bust is a bust.

    Actually, I kind of expect the Percy Harvin trade to Seattle to end up the same way.

  30. realitypolice says: Oct 29, 2013 10:17 AM

    If you really think about it, the fact there have already been so many deals, if it’s a indicator of anything, it would be a sign that today will be quiet. Teams that were looking to upgrade through trades acted early.

    It’s probably not an indicator of anything- if there are major deals today, it won’t have anything to do with the fact that there major deals before. It will be because teams that still had playoff hopes three or four weeks ago don’t now.

    I still don’t think any of the big rumored names are going anywhere. Teams simply value draft picks over expensive veterans these days. No one is giving up a high round draft pick for a guy that makes millions this year and is a free agent next year.

  31. mrharper21 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:24 AM

    The Niners should make a run at Josh Gordan or Hakeem Nicks…

    Yes even with Manningham & Crabtree returning….

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:28 AM

    Hope the Pats make a run for Tony Gonzalez and/or Jared Allen

  33. jrazz22 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:38 AM

    jbaxt
    Oct 29, 2013, 6:36 AM PDT
    Ha! The raiders are hilarious. A 1st and 2nd for Carson Palmer. That franchise never fails to suck at whatever decision they make. Here’s to another sub par season, losers!
    ——————————————————
    While I agree with you that they have made some seriously boneheaded decisions, that Pryor pick looks to be working out. He’s made them competitive and is able to move the offense.

  34. jdubkc says: Oct 29, 2013 10:45 AM

    Santa if you are listening… Please bring Tony G home and throw in Josh Gordon.

  35. mrphelps01 says: Oct 29, 2013 10:48 AM

    Tony Gonzales to the Pats. Then the Pats could return to the two tight end offense they tried to feature before Hernandez was thrown in the slammer. The Falcons GM, Thomas Dimitroff was the Pats director of college scouting and BB and Mike Smith have a good relationship.

    The right move for all concerned.

  36. monsterright says: Oct 29, 2013 10:49 AM

    Adrian Peterson to New England. Vikes need to do this kid a favor and give him a chance to win while he’s still great. They will be 5 years trying to put that thing together again in MN.

  37. audient says: Oct 29, 2013 10:51 AM

    For all the talk of the Browns listening to trade offers for Gordon or Cameron, I don’t expect either player to go anywhere without some other team grossly overpaying.

  38. silverhornet says: Oct 29, 2013 10:54 AM

    Only a Pats would forget salary cap ramifications in thinking they could acquire either Jared Allen or Vincent Jackson. Rules are rules fellas. You guys are at the cap limit at the moment. How are you planning on getting Jared’s 2013 base salary under that? Allen has a $14.2 base #. Vincent Jackson on the other hand would cost Tampa just over $7m in cap room. Maybe after this season they MIGHT move him when his salary cap hit is more palatable but not now.

    Try again.

  39. immafubared says: Oct 29, 2013 10:54 AM

    Robert Chandler says:
    Oct 29, 2013 8:48 AM
    My (crazy?) Trade Predictions:
    – Jared Allen to Denver
    – Toby Gerhardt to Dallas
    – Kenny Britt to NE
    – Christian Ponder to Jacksonville
    – Jairus Byrd to PITT
    – Hakeem Nicks to JETS

    ————————————————
    Ponder is lucky to have a guardian angel in that they can’t dump him with Cassel hurt and Freemason the missing link.

    I think Wilf found out no one was interested in Allen, and yes they tried to ship him out, and so he said ‘no way’ they would get rid of him.

    Your also correct they have been trying to peddle Toby for a while now.

  40. mrgdawg says: Oct 29, 2013 11:05 AM

    Trades that should happen:
    Tony G – to the Chiefs
    Britt – to the Lions

  41. mtreilly99 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:12 AM

    All this talk about Jared Allen..like he’s some big deal. 0 tackles and 0 sacks against the Packers when the Vikqueens needed him the most. Garbage hasbeen.

  42. nflpoker says: Oct 29, 2013 11:42 AM

    monsterright says:
    Oct 29, 2013 10:49 AM
    Adrian Peterson to New England. Vikes need to do this kid a favor and give him a chance to win while he’s still great. They will be 5 years trying to put that thing together again in MN.
    ————————————————
    I am fairly confident that Jared Allen will go to Denver. NOW, the big question. Will MN part with AD, be it this year, next year, which team, and how much the other team will give up. Not so simple. I hope he gets on a different team.

    It will probably be next year, for if it is today, that will dwarf anything going on today no matter what. You want to improve your team by getting AD, but it would be extremely costly at this point of the season.

    For AD’s sake, it WILL be a playoff team or contender. Too bad JAX, etc.. That leaves a lot of teams out.

  43. kayakattack says: Oct 29, 2013 11:43 AM

    Can we trade the Buccaneers for the Alabama Crimson Tide? they can stay in same division.

  44. prussian11 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:04 PM

    - Gerhart to Dallas is very possible, but not for much. KC may jump in?
    – Ponder to JAX, or anywhere else, is not going to happen. He is the only QB signed next year for the Vikings. Cassel is not viable enough for trade value, Freeman is yet to be proven in the offense.
    – Vikes coaching staff is all but done, THAT will dictate what the fornt office does in any moves today. Scrap it all and rebuild, or salvage the pieces that can play to “sell” the new stadium.

    My $0.02 on other moves\rumors:
    – Britt wants to go, Titans would like him to go. No one is willing to pay enough to get him before free agency.
    – TOO MANY teams are in need of O-line help not to see some movement at the position.
    – MJD is still a possibility to Dallas, or even … NYG.
    – Cousins to ARZ?
    – Blackmon is going no where. Only viable threat the JAX has …
    – Gordon likely stays put too.
    – Gonzalez stays in ATL.
    – St. Louis may send a WR to IND, or a RB to KC? Too much medicore depth that could help someone else to sit on.
    – Still wondering if Tate is in play or not …

  45. chargerdillon says: Oct 29, 2013 12:08 PM

    I keep thinking Tony Gonzalez to NE.

    Basically taking the role that Hernandez had with Gronk back.

  46. earpaniac says: Oct 29, 2013 12:38 PM

    Keep forgetting about the Gaines Adams trade. It’s sad what happened, as I think he had the goods to be perfect in Lovie’s defense at the time.

  47. joewilliesshnoz says: Oct 29, 2013 1:18 PM

    They should put a come and get’em sign on the Steelers locker room door.

  48. bsizemore68 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:25 PM

    The Dolphins could use a wide receiver after losing one to season ending injury. Of course if we don’t get a new OC it won’t help one bit. Bill

  49. diehardtwinsfan says: Oct 29, 2013 2:07 PM

    Just a stupid question, but is there any kind of union rule that would force a guy to sit if he’s traded from a team that hasn’t had a bye already to a team that has already had it’s bye?

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