The NFL’s trade deadline is fast approaching, and while there has never been major player movement during the season, several teams could look to make moves for a final playoff push.
The league is noted for its parity, and so far this season many teams are either one game above or below .500, which gives some hope they can still make the playoffs.
Still no general manager wants to make a risky move and have it blow up in their face.
The below players have been mentioned as trade candidates on the Oct. 30 deadline.
Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams
The Rams have tried to steer the ball to up-and-coming Daryl Richardson, who leads all rookies in yards per carry, and is seventh in the league overall. Jackson, 30, has been a warrior for the Rams, especially during their recent down years, but he will be a free agent at the end of the season since St. Louis likely won’t pick up his option.
The team took in a huge haul for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, and will likely look for more picks for Jackson. Arizona might be a destination, as they lost their top running backs to injury.
Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers
Like Jackson, the highly competitive Smith has stuck by the Panthers despite their losing ways. The recent struggles of quarterback Cam Newton and the firing of general manager Marty Hurney earlier this week are examples of a team in flux, with no clear cut idea on where to go.
Smith could head to any team looking to take pressure off their No. 1 receiver, like Detroit, who needs a partner for All-Pro Calvin Johnson.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
The 28-year-old is the Chiefs' top receiver, and has had two 100-yard receiving games this season in spite of the turnover prone Matt Cassel and journeyman Brady Quinn under center. Reportedly Bowe also wants out of Kansas City and many teams, like the Miami Dolphins, could be in play.
Problem is Bowe is certainly looking for a long term deal as he is a free agent next season. So any trade for him would involve an upfront cost, and a hefty contract on top.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans
This is probably the least likely of the bunch, but is mentioned because of the money owed to Johnson. He has $35 million left on the contract he held out for a season ago, and has only put together three solid games this season. According to Sports Network, the Titans could drop Johnson after the Super Bowl and avoid paying most of his $10 million price tag for the 2013 season. Of course that could make him attractive to many teams, who could see Johnson as a rental.
Tim Tebow, QB, New York Jets
He’s overrated, he’s underrated. No one can label Tebow, especially the Jets, who traded for the quarterback in March from Denver. The former Heisman winner was linked to the Jacksonville Jaguars before New York stepped in, and he would have a much better chance to start there with second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert failing to develop.