Update 4:00 P.M.
Profootballtalk.com is reporting there’s a viable chance that Panther RB DeAngelo Williams is traded ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
Adding to the trade rumors was Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera, who said today after being asked about either WR Steve Smith or DeAngelo being traded, he simply replied “you never know,” but did later add “we’re not looking to trade anyone.”
Steve Smith was later quoted in saying he intends to retire a Panther.
Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher put any Steven Jackson trade rumors to bed today, as he stated any rumors are just that, and that he’s not going anywhere. Despite that claim, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King believes there’s a 55 percent chance of a Jackson trade going down. In 8 games this season, Jackson has 108 rushes for 403 yards and one TD while splitting carries with seventh-round pick Daryl Richardson, not to mention the teams’ second-rounder in Isiah Pead has sat on the bench for most of the year. If the Rams have faith in Pead and want to get him more touches, a trade of Jackson should happen sooner rather than later.
Rotoworld floated the idea of the Bengals making a move for Pead, but until anything develops, its nothing more than talk.
The Jets and Jaguars are not having any trade discussions regarding Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow.
Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid confirms that Michael Vick is the team’s starting QB.
Giants WR Victor Cruz says he and the team have agreed to the framework of new long-term deal.
The Detroit Lions made the first official trade of deadline week, as they acquired WR Mike Thomas from the Jaguars. After a breakout campaign in 2010 in which Thomas caught 66 passes for 820 yards and four TDs, he’s having a season to forget, recording a mere 13 catches for 80 yards in just three starts in 2012.
As of now, a trade of Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams is not imminent, according to the Charlotte Observer, who also confirmed that several NFL teams in need of receiver help are calling Panthers to see if Steve Smith’s available, but they are getting met with a simple no.
With offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie being demoted out of the starting lineup in Baltimore, the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly shown interest in McKinnie. CBS’ Jason La Canfora reported yesterday that the Cardinals are also staying put at running back and quarterback, despite several injuries to those positions.
ESPN insider John Clayton reported yesterday on NFL Live that there’s no chance of the Chiefs trading franchised receiver Dwayne Bowe trade before Thursday’s deadline. IF Bowe were delt, because he was tagged this offseason, he would be unable to sign a long-term contract until the offseason, making him untouchable for any NFL team who values their draft picks.