NFL trade deadline could be interesting

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:32 PM ET

Nobody won the Super Bowl this weekend, but almost a quarter of the teams in the National Football League know now that it won't be them.

Logjams in the NFC East and AFC South also have teams looking for that one piece to fix the puzzle. That combination could make the normally quiet passing of the trade deadline a little more interesting as teams going nowhere now start looking ahead, and a few such as the Packers, get one last chance to slap a bandage on crippled hopes.

The New England Patriots might be looking for someone to replace Randy Moss. The lack of a deep threat was evident in a first half yesterday that saw the Ravens limit Tom Brady to just three completions to his receivers for 28 yards.

The Patriots still have plenty of talent, but even with newly acquired Deion Branch, Brady struggled to find offence from someone other than running back Danny Woodhead.

The Oakland Raiders this week sent a message to every team advising them that everyone on the roster was available. There has been interest in linebackers Thomas Howard and cornerback Chris Johnson.

Al Davis wouldn't mind dumping some bigger ticket items and turning this into a full fire sale by sending cornerback Nnambi Asomugha to another team. He's one of the best cover defenders in the league but there aren't a lot of teams interested in the three-year, $15 million US contract.

One intriguing possibility is running back Michael Bush.

He wouldn't look out of place in the Green Bay backfield where they still need to find a premier back. Bush makes only $550,000 and he's a free agent at the end of the season. So, no long-term commitment.

In Dallas, Marion Barber could be available, although the Cowboys still insist they're in the Super Bowl picture despite their crummy start. But they already have Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. If someone offers a high enough draft pick, Barber could be gone.

The loss of Mark Clayton leaves the St. Louis Rams scrambling for receivers. The Rams are interested Carolina's Steve Smith and it would make sense for the Panthers to deal him for future draft picks. But Smith is close with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and league sources say the team won't trade him.

That might change, however, if Smith, who expressed some dissatisfaction with the club's performance earlier this season, decides he'd like another chance to play with a winner.

Then there's the Philadelphia quarterback situation. There continues to be speculation that, with the Eagles committing to Michael Vick over the next couple of seasons, they are showcasing Kevin Kolb, who didn't hurt himself with an outstanding first half yesterday.

Coach Andy Reid would not promise, this past week, that Kolb will be an Eagle after the trade deadline.

Roscoe Parrish isn't going to be around when the Bills become a contender and Buffalo is always interested in draft picks. And, they might even be interested in someone like Kolb, who appears as if he might be an answer to their long-standing issues behind centre.

The NFL trade deadline tends to pass without much player movement but that doesn't mean some deals shouldn't be made and it doesn't lessen some interesting speculation.

lankhof@sunmedia.ca


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