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Countdown: Chiefs look to trade before deadline


Countdown: Chiefs look to trade before deadline
Whoever thought Brett Favre would have been traded? Well, he was and fans in Tampa Bay are still moaning that the Packers wouldn't make a deal with their team.


So, with the NFL trading deadline this Tuesday at 4 p.m. EDT, will teams going nowhere — Detroit, Kansas City and Cincinnati — trade away some of their stars or starters in order to grab some extra draft choices? The most likely answer is "no" because it is rare for NFL teams to do much trading except in and around the college draft. I have always been curious why draft choices seem to be more valuable than proven, productive NFL players.

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Which brings us to Detroit's Roy Williams. If he doesn't get hurt Sunday against the Vikings, I'm sure the Cowboys, Bucs and Eagles will call Detroit to ask about his availability.

Williams, who is in the final year of his contract, would love to return to Texas and play for the Cowboys. To the Cowboys, he may be worth their expected low-end first-round pick if he can take some of the defensive pressure off Terrell Owens. The Bucs also need a deep threat, but they expect Joey Galloway back next week. Still, they could use Williams because Galloway seems to be breaking down. The Eagles, who have two first-round picks, would be silly not to surrender one for Williams. Andy Reid's offense is crying for a big-time receiver.

The problem, unlike baseball, is that teams trading for such an unsigned talent like Williams aren't generally given an opportunity to negotiate a contract. Remember, the 49ers thought they had permission to talk with Lance Briggs last year and then got nailed with a tampering charge. By the time a team gives written permission and it's filed with the league office, the trading deadline will be over.

However, teams that have spoken with the Lions believe that interim GM Martin Mayhew is afraid to trade Williams now. Mayhew, they say, prefers to place the franchise tag on Williams and see if he can negotiate a long-term contract. If not, then deal him in the offseason. Until the Lions get a franchise quarterback, Williams is wasted in Detroit.

The Patriots supposedly are still looking for a veteran quarterback and may have interest in Damon Huard of the Chiefs and Jon Kitna of the Lions. However, Kitna is hurt at the moment.

And what about Tony Gonzalez, the all-time receiving tight end? Shouldn't the Chiefs trade him? Gonzalez would be a huge addition for the Giants, Titans and Cardinals. Gonzalez could make the Giants' offense literally unstoppable.

However, no team has offered a second-round pick and Kansas City simply won't give the 32-year-old away for nothing. If Jason Taylor is worth a two, isn't Gonzalez?

Surrendering future picks is one huge reason why there could no trades. The inside word is that next year's draft could be a great one with so many underclassmen coming out, many of them fearful that eventually the NFL will enact a rookie wage scale.

The most attractive receiver probably is T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but the Bengals are telling everyone they won't deal him. Of course, when they sign Houshmandzadeh in the offseason, you can bet that Chad Ochocinco will go ballistic. So, maybe they should trade Ochocinco right now.

GAME: Chicago at Atlanta

TIME: 1 ET

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Good news for Atlanta rookie QB Matt Ryan — he'll have leading receiver Roddy White in the lineup. The Bears, though, don't plan to sit back and let Ryan pick them apart. They plan to bracket White and go after Ryan. Chicago DT Tommie Harris won't start, but he should play most of the game. The Falcons must key on rookie RB Matt Forte, whose 555 yards rank fourth in the NFL on 129 touches. But Bears QB Kyle Orton, who has thrown for seven TDs in his last three starts, is starting to gain some confidence in Devin Hester, Marty Booker and Greg Olsen. Both of these teams like to get off to fast starts; the Falcons have scored 74 first-half points while the Bears had 72, which ranks second and third overall in the league.

CZAR'S SCOOP: Falcons coach Mike Smith has taken an interesting approach with pass rusher John Abraham by reducing his snaps this season, hoping that Abraham is still productive at season's end. It must be working. While playing 60 percent of the plays, Abraham has seven sacks and is even dropping into coverage. The Falcons have pointed out that Ryan was better than expected because last season at Boston College his receivers dropped 67 passes. The Bears were pretty disappointed with Harris, and that's why they suspended him for one game. Remember, Harris signed a four-year contract extension in June that included $10 million in guaranteed money. Harris said he should be held to a higher standard on the field but not because of the money. "I don't believe that money should make it different," Harris said. "But I believe because of the talent that I have that I should be."

GAME: St. Louis at Washington

TIME: 1 ET

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Rams believe they had an excellent week of practice under interim head coach Jim Haslett. RB Steven Jackson apparently is finally in football shape after missing training camp and offensive coordinator Al Saunders has opted to move WR Torry Holt around, put him in motion and move him away from his customary X receiver role. The Rams hope this will open up the offense. The Redskins are relatively healthy and figure to get both DE Jason Taylor and CB Shawn Springs back. Right now, Redskins QB Jason Campbell and RB Clinton Portis are doing little wrong and neither one has turned over the ball. About the only confusion on offense is whether to stick with veteran RT Jon Jansen or return to the more physical Stephen Heyer, who is ready to play.

CZAR'S SCOOP: Although Jim Zorn is reaping plenty of praise for his coaching job, 18 of the 22 starters for the Redskins were acquired during Joe Gibbs' tenure. Gibbs hit on all six of the first-day picks in his four drafts: late safety Sean Taylor, tight end Chris Cooley, CB Carlos Rogers, Campbell, linebacker Rocky McIntosh and safety LaRon Landry. Gibbs was also instrumental in the veteran acquisitions of center Casey Rabach, running back Clinton Portis, defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, Springs and Pro Bowl receiver Santana Moss. "You look around the locker room and these are all (Gibbs') guys, guys that learned football from him, learned how to handle different situations," said OT Jon Jansen, the only Redskin to play for each of Washington's last six coaches. "Last year, we had a tough year. We had five starters get hurt. We had Sean Taylor die. The leadership that Coach Gibbs had throughout the year is something that everybody still now falls back on." Haslett apparently has a clause in his contract that if he wins a certain number of games he can return next season as head coach. A prospective local buyer of the Rams recently withdrew.

GAME: Carolina at Tampa Bay

TIME: 1 ET

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams is lobbying head coach John Fox to use more of Miami's wildcat formation with him taking the direct snap from center alongside rookie RB Jonathan Stewart. The Bucs have lost five straight home games against the Panthers and are 2-8 in the last 10 against them. Bucs QB Jeff Garcia starts again, and he'll focus on getting the ball to WR Antonio Bryant. Garcia appears to be healthy again and able to buy himself some time in the pocket. The Bucs are still minus WR Joey Galloway, who may return next week against the Seahawks. The Panthers get OT Jordon Gross back, but rookie RT Jeff Otah will be a game-time decision. Geoff Hangartner starts again at center for Ryan Kalil.

Miami at Houston: Lost in the praise of the wildcat formation, which has led the Dolphins to wins over the Pats and Chargers, is how well the young defense is playing. Miami is ranked seventh overall, and the front seven should be all over Matt Schaub. The Texans are 0-4 for the second time in team history. Houston rookie RB Steve Slaton has 385 yards in total yards from scrimmage and three TDs in last three games.

Jacksonville at Denver: The Jaguars are desperate after being dominated by Ben Roethlisberger last Sunday night. The Broncos will be minus Selvin Young and TE Tony Scheffler. There is a chance that rookie WR Eddie Royal (bone bruise) will play. Jacksonville is hoping that guards Brad Meester and Chris Naeole will be back after the buy. Look for Jay Cutler to go deep against Jaguars' second-team safeties.

New England at San Diego: This marks the fourth meeting in 22 months between the Patriots and Chargers, and Pats coach Bill Belichick says it feels like a AFC East-type matchup. The Chargers have lost all three previous games and will be minus big-play receiver Chris Chambers. LaDainian Tomlinson's toe is not right, and Norv Turner needs a big game from Philip Rivers. The Patriots have won 12 straight on the road, the second longest streak in NFL history. New England quarterbacks have been sacked 16 times this season after allowing only 21 all of last season. Chargers feel they have a score to settle with Patriots with center Nick Hardwick calling Richard Seymour a punk.

NY Giants at Cleveland: ESPN may pay the big bucks for the Monday night TV package, but this is the only time the Super Bowl champs play on Monday. The Browns, who missed the playoffs, have two more prime-time dates. There is a chance that Browns TE Kellen Winslow (discomfit down under) may play. Giants torched the Browns in preseason and rushed for 246 yards last Sunday vs. Seattle. The Browns have only three offensive plays of 20 yards or more.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 12, 2008

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