NFL moves trade deadline to Thursday following Hurricane Sandy
The risky storm weather generate by the Hurricane Sandy, has forced the league to close its offices through Monday. If the stormy conditions prevail and Hurricane Sandy outlasts Monday night, the NFL will remain closed for business on Tuesday as well.
Also, NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello released on Monday that the league will extend its trade deadline by 48 hours to Thursday. The trade deadline was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but with the NFL offices remaining closed till tomorrow, there were expected to be complications in the process. The NFL notified all 32 teams via email on Monday about its decision to have the league offices closed till Tuesday.
Moreover, several NFL teams across the East Coast also shut down operations on Monday due to Hurricane Sandy. This will make it tricky for the teams to process the trade paperwork and for the league to finalize deals by the former deadline, with offices closed due to the storm on Monday.
So, now the trade deadline will fall on Thursday 4 p.m. ET. Teams have until the trade deadline to waive unnecessary players to finalize a roster on Thursday.
This is the second time this year that the trade deadline has been moved forward. The trade deadline was initially pushed from after games in the Week 6 to Week 8 due to the league’s negotiations with the NFL Players Association prior to the 2012 season. The NFL had then hoped that extending the deadline by two-weeks will encourage an increased level of trade negotiations among the teams.
Typically, there isn’t much trade activity around the deadline probably due to players contract and other similar issues. However, in the recent history of NFL, there have been some few big moves involving wide receiver near the trade deadline such as when the Cleveland Browns shipped Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets in 2009 and the San Diego Chargers acquired Chris Chambers through a trade with Miami Dolphins in 2007.
Now the teams have additional time at hand to form trade decisions.
Some big names jumping up in potential trade scenarios with the deadline approaching are St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook and Carolina Panthers right back DeAngelo Williams. Other players’ names that are also being linked with the trade deadline include Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, Tampa Bay Buccaneers right back LeGarrette Blount and Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Colt McCoy. Braylon Edwards, who is now with the Seattle Seahawks, also resurfaced in the trade rumors ahead of the deadline.