The NFL season never really ends. Now, one month after the draft, with teams
conducting OTAs and getting a close-up look at some of the new talent, they're
also weighing their options as to how to address weaknesses by means of trades.
One way to do that, of course, is through trades. But the
NFL isn't like other pro sports leagues, in that big trades are fairly rare.
Trade rumors abound, but such talk is often the product of contract
negotiations, or idle speculation, or just wishful thinking.
Here's the scoop on a couple of the more interesting NFL
trade rumors we've come across, and a quick look at how these deals might
affect the futures betting odds of the teams involved.
Trade rumors about Dallas CB Mike Jenkins started as
soon as the Cowboys moved up in the draft to take LSU cornerback Morris
Claiborne with the sixth overall pick. Now word is Jenkins, a first-rounder
himself out of South Florida five years ago, is unhappy and staying away from
Detroit and Indianapolis are the two teams mentioned in talks about Jenkins. The Lions could benefit immediately from his addition, playing
the pass-happy Packers and the Bears, who have added Brandon Marshall, twice
each season. The Colts, meanwhile, are in rebuilding mode, so while adding
Jenkins would be nice, it wouldn't get them to the playoffs right away.
The powers that be in Dallas are saying they won't trade
Jenkins, but that's what they're supposed to say. And while Jenkins might
threaten to sit out the season, he's in the last year of his contract and would
be an idiot to do so. If they do want to trade him, though, the Cowboys won't
let him go for cheap. We wonder if the Lions are thinking about moving DT Nick
Fairley, who's been busted by the law twice this offseason already. He might
look good with a blue star on his helmet.
BetOnline is listing Detroit at +950 to win the NFC this
season and +2,250 to win the Super Bowl, while Dallas is getting +1,200 to win
the NFC and +2,500 to win the Super Bowl. The Lions might well get some action
if they could add Jenkins, and the Cowboys might do the same should they land
The former Texas Longhorn went on the block - unofficially, of
course - the minute Cleveland drafted 29-year-old college senior Brandon Weeden.
The first team to draw interest was Green Bay, which lost back-up QB Matt Flynn
to free agency. Of course, the Packers would be hoping McCoy would never hit the
field. Oakland also might have some interest in McCoy. They made the big deal
for Carson Palmer last year, but he didn't exactly light things up.
The Packers are listed at +300 at BetOnline to win the NFC
and +600 to win the Super Bowl, while the Raiders are getting +2,500 to win the
AFC and +7,250 to win the Super Bowl. Neither team's odds would change much
Elsewhere out There
The Broncos could use someone to catch passes from Peyton
Manning, and Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace's agent is making noise about a trade.
Unlikely, but interesting.
The transitioning Colts might be thinking about moving DE
Dwight Freeney and his contract, and the Giants are doing the same with DE Osi
Umenyiora. Tennessee and Baltimore might be in the market for such talent, and
both would probably see their odds go down if they could add either one.
And there was talk around the draft about Carolina sending
RB Jonathan Stewart somewhere. Whoever picked him up would benefit.
BetOnline is listing
Denver at +600, the Steelers at +950, Indy at +6,850, the Titans at +2,200 and
the Ravens at +750 to win the AFC, and the Giants at +900 and the Panthers at
+2,200 to win the NFC.