What Could’ve, Should’ve & Didn’t Happen in the NFL!
Even though everyone thought the ‘Tebowing’ QB back-up would be the spotlight of the NFL trade deadline…no such deal. In fact, the deadline was just about as boring as it’s been all the years that have come before.
Many people have given ‘shout-outs’ and their opinions about what could have happened and what should have happened where trades were concerned. But what DID happen was quite simple. Before the extended time ran out (extended because of Superstorm Sandy), two moves were logged, even though the amount of rumors and gossip made it seem like every team in the NFL was trading at least one person.
It was the Jacksonville Jaguars that sent Mike Thomas packing to Detroit. After all, the Lions certainly needed a receiver, and the Jaguars opted to lose him in order to receive one extra draft pick. And in the second – more colorful – transfer, the Patriots took on Aqib Talib, a cornerback from the Buccaneers. Now this is the one move out of the two that could actually bear some weight when it comes to the AFC playoffs, but that weight could very well be negative.
Some will shake their heads BUT, this has honestly been one of the strangest NFL seasons thus far. Even though the trade deadline was a bit on the dull and lanky side, as we tune into the games every week, we are presented with at least three or four shocks and/or surprises that we sincerely didn’t expect. One week the ‘best’ teams in the NFL – such as the 49ers with their killer defense – will proceed out onto the field and play like they are the New York Jets. I mean…the Atlanta Falcons are undefeated? Things are more than a bit odd in the National Football League.
Rumors and gossip were being bandied about in regards to various teams, like Kansas City, when it came to the trade deadline. Dwayne Bowe – their very annoyed receiver – was thinking that he was trading in the Chiefs for a Seahawk, a Viking or a Dolphin on his helmet. However, since Bowe hasn’t exactly glittered on the field AND would have cost someone a third or even second-round draft pick, he remained a Chief. Not to mention, any team that received him would be receiving a receiver who’s already playing under a one-year franchise tender, which means they wouldn’t have been buying him – they would’ve just been leasing him. (I know…but those are the league rules, so what can you do?)
Steven Jackson of the Rams was also a ‘much-talked-about’ collectible during deadline rumors. This running back was receiving calls, but the Rams silenced those rumors deciding – for some reason – to keep the man who is running around with a career-worst 3.7 yards per carry. It’s an actual fact that now that names like Emmit Smith are out of the NFL, (and in Dancing with the Stars), running backs aren’t all that ‘collectible’ anymore. In fact, there are tons of them who are average or below average, and not many who teams are drooling over themselves to capture. Need more proof on that one? DeAngelo Williams is a running back that everyone has shied away from. Not a surprise, considering he comes with a five-year, $43 million contract attached to his back.
Now we come to the Packers. I know, like the 49ers and the Cowboys, the Packers are a monument to football, although they – like Broadway – went dark for more than a few minutes (in their case, years). But the one thing that the GM of the Packers loves to do is build a team through draft picks. So when this deadline was extended, Thompson did try to maneuver a running back from the mix, but was unsuccessful.
In the end, the Patriots were the ones that walked away with something. They did ‘win’ Aqib Talib, and he DOES know his job, but he was actually in the position of being a suspended player from the Bucs, so it will be interesting to see what happens. This particular trade was completed RIGHT before the deadline.
Now, goodness knows, the Patriots have had a serious need for defensive secondary help, being that they rank 28th in pass defense. So if nothing else actually occurs for the Pats, Talib will at least offer some help during the eight games that he has ahead of him. The ironic part is that Talib still owes the NFL one game on his four game suspension for violating the league’s ‘performance enhancing drug’ policy. In addition, he sees his name in the paper quite a bit – whether it be for punching a cab driver or pulling a gun on his sister’s boyfriend.
It will be more than interesting to see if Pats’ coach Bill Belichick can keep the player in line and out of trouble as he comes in to supposedly help the team, but it seems like a true long shot.
Taken in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Bucs, Talib DID develop into one of the NFL’s great defenders. I mean, his record speaks for itself: 18 interceptions over five seasons, returning three for touchdowns; but his personal problems seem to be taking over any career highlights he’s made since he first began.
In the end, even though the deadline was more than a bit stale, this one move should prove to be interesting to watch as it unfolds in the second half of this truly ‘odd’ NFL season.
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Until Next Time, Everybody,