Tag:NFL Trade Rumors
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:00 pm
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Irsay doesn't "envision Peyton playing' in 2011

By Will Brinson

This won't come as much of a surprise, but Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn't believe that Peyton Manning, sidelined for the entire season with a neck injury, will end up playing in 2011.

That's according to comments Irsay made to WRTV at a Super Bowl event in downtown Indianapolis recently, when he told the station that he "doesn't envision Peyton playing this season."

"These things take time. The best doctors can't predict. People often think someone knows for sure, and the answer is only time will tell," Irsay told WRTV, via The Indianapolis Star. "He is doing everything he can to get back and is working as hard as he can."

Really, the biggest surprise when we learned about the serious nature of Manning's neck injury is that he wasn't placed in Injured Reserve when the season began, in order for the Colts to add another body to the team.

Irsay's spent the season, however, sending out tweets about Manning's season not quite being done. And Manning himself told The NFL Today recently that he's cleared to throw, but not to practice.


The Colts have often been odd about their IR decisions, however, and putting Manning down for the year before the year really began wouldn't do wonders for ticket sales. (Not that 0-12 is helping matters.)

Lest you missed it, there's been quite the controversy this week about whether or not Manning and likely to be drafted quarterback Andrew Luck can co-exist on the Indy roster.

Now the general direction of rumors and chatter indicate that Manning could be traded (we'll worry more about suitors when it comes time, but the Jets, 49ers and Redskins all stand out as possibilities) or cut. After all, as Archie Manning said, "It'll work itself out."

The crazy thing is that if, in fact, Manning is done for the season, it's entirely possible he's already played his last game in a Colts uniform.

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Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Irsay: Wayne, Mathis 'trade rumors not true'

Posted by Will Brinson

Somewhere, somehow, rumors about Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis getting traded popped up. As Phil Wilson at the Indianapolis Star notes, the rumors aren't really rumors so much as conjecture, based on the fact that they're free agents and there was a mention that the Colts should trade both guys in order to acquire picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

That's not an unreasonable take, but Colts owner Jim Irsay said Saturday that neither player will be heading anywhere other than Lucas Oil Stadium for their home games this year.

"No,the trade rumors aren't true," Irsay tweeted on Saturday morning. "I'm negotiating 2 buy Mars though..so I can ensure inter-galactic,NFL dominance for the 25th century."

OK. Well at least I know I have something in the bag for Sorting the Sunday Pile, even if it lacks a clear-cut, pop-culture reference.

But back to dealing Wayne and Mathis -- it's not that likely to happen even though it probably should. (And, technically, still could.) Both guys are older than 30 and in the final year of their respective contracts. Wilson believes the Colts should extend both guys after this year; others feel differently.

Indy might not net all that much for the pair (or, more likely, if they're individually wrapped), but it seems reasonable that a contender with issues at wide receiver might be interested in Wayne. The Bills, the Titans, the Ravens, the Texans, the Chargers, the Redskins -- really anyone with a winning record would be upgraded by adding Wayne.

And Mathis could be a pass-rushing terror and/or upgrade for a number of teams -- the Jets, the Patriots, etc., -- that can't get pressure on the quarterback.

The real problem might lie in how Colts fans and players perceive the move. Yes, it would be saying "we're done in 2011" but everyone knows that, even if management steadfastly refuses to say it. (Which is totally fine -- no one should ever roll over and play dead in the NFL, at least not in Week 6.)

But maybe more importantly, it would be admitting that the Colts are in full rebuild mode, as they'd start 2012 without their top wideout and their second-best defensive player.

Provided that Peyton Manning will return next year -- something we don't know yet -- it puts Colts management in a tough spot. Can they really rebuild while he's in the final stages of his career? Manning gives them a chance to win like maybe no other player in the NFL. But at some point, the Colts do have to consider life after Manning.

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Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:49 am
 

Hurney: Panthers 'not talking' trade for WR Lloyd

Posted by Will Brinson

When rumors started swirling that Denver had thrown wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on the trading block, a trio of teams emerged as most-likely destinations for the veteran: the Titans, the Rams and the Panthers.

All have a pressing need for receivers, after all. However, the Panthers, according to GM Marty Hurney, aren't interested in trading for anyone by Tuesday's deadline.

"We're not talking to anybody about any trades," Rivera said after practice Friday, per Ron Green Jr. of the Charlotte Observer. "And as of right now, we have no intention [of trade talks]."

We mentioned on the podcast, but the Panthers are simultaneously a fantastic and a horrible fit for Lloyd. They'd be great because Rod Chudzinski's offense is substantially more vertical than the "Fox Ball" being played in Denver right now. And Cam Newton needs another reliable target -- Legadu Naanee's mad one or two Panthers fans unhappy with dropped balls this year -- alongside Steve Smith.

But Carolina's also a team building for its future. Lloyd's on a one-year deal and will become a free agent, so unless he's the guy that puts the Panthers over the top and into the playoffs (and he's not), then it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to give up anything of value, even a fifth-rounder, for him.

Besides, if he ends up staying in Denver for the rest of the year, he'll probably be cheaper as a free agent anyway, after the Broncos get done sinking his value.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

Posted by Will Brinson



Since the lockout ended, we've waited with baited breath to find out when Kevin Kolb would get traded from the Eagles (presumably to the Cardinals). It's a "done deal," a league source told CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, who notes that Arizona will give up exactly what we noted earlier -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a high draft pick, believed to be a second-rounder.

Additionally, according to 97.5 The Fan's Adam Caplan who first reported the deal, the Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract extension with Kolb that will pay him $63 million, including a whopping $20 million in guaranteed money.

Summer of Kolb

That is a LOT of cheddar for a guy who, as Freeman notes, hasn't proven anything. Of course, it's also less than the $30 million that Kolb's camp was reportedly demanding from the Cardinals in order to finalize the deal.

Then again, was there ever really a chance that he Cardinals wouldn't cave to Kolb's demands for a large extension? As we've written throughout the week, this was a game of chicken that was destined to end poorly for the Cardinals purely in terms of what they'd have to give up to land the quarterback.

There's obviously a shot that this deal does work for Arizona, if Kolb comes in and helps them reclaim the NFC West title. Or, if he's simply good enough to allow them to retain superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who hasn't been happy with Arizona's quarterback situation since Kurt Warner retired.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:22 am
 

Report: Kolb camp wants $30M guaranteed extension

Posted by Will Brinson



Over and over again this offseason, I've said that no one's seen a bigger boost in their value than Kevin Kolb. That at this point all that value is squarely concentrated in terms of leverage against the Arizona Cardinals is neither here nor there.

But maybe Kolb's getting a little ahead of himself. See, according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, Kolb's camp is demanding an extension when he's dealt that features $30 million in guaranteed money.

No, really.

Kolb obviously wants to be traded -- he's intimated as much before and he might not show up to Philly's training camp on Wednesday -- but he doesn't just want to get traded, apparently.

He also wants to get paid. And paid like he's one of the best players in the NFL.

Oh, and he wants the team that's about to give up a player like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as well a high draft pick in order to acquire him to do the paying. I mean, obviously he wants Arizona to cough up the cash, but it seems like Kolb's camp might be overstepping their bounds a bit on this issue.

Is Kolb worth the value discussed -- DRC plus a high draft pick -- in the potential deal? Maybe. We honestly don't know, and won't until (if?) we see him on the field for the Cardinals.

And, regardless of how much scouting they've done on Kolb, neither will they. Which is what makes a demand like $30 million guaranteed pretty ridiculous.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Report: Kolb won't report to Eagles training camp

Posted by Will Brinson

The Eagles already have one potential star who could hold out from training camp on their hands in DeSean Jackson and according to a report on Wednesday, they might have another: backup quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Though Kolb might not be a "star" per se, he is heavily involved in all the trade talk circulating around the NFL, particularly with the rumor that he's headed to the Cardinals in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and some draft-pick compensation.

But Philly and Arizona haven't been able to reach a deal as of yet, and so Kolb remains an Eagle for now. However, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kolb won't be showing up to Philadelphia's camp at Lehigh University when it begins on Thursday.

McLane also adds that "other teams are interested" in Kolb, but correctly points out that there "aren't many viable candidates remaining." That's because there aren't -- as I've noted before, the Cardinals seem to be playing a dangerous game of chicken with the Eagles, hoping that market fluctuations would allow them to get the 26-year-old at a discount.

But with most of the other potential quarterbacks that Arizona could chase ending up with other teams, it's going to be tough for the Cards to convince the Eagles they actually do have other options.

There's is an argument that Kolb's decision to hold out would actually help Arizona, because Philadelphia might be more inclined to get a potential headache off their hands.

Although given the Eagles track record with pawning off quarterbacks at the right time, don't expect them to panic too much.

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Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 11:18 am
 

Report: Kolb, Fitzgerald have private workout

Posted by Will Brinson

There are two things we know to be true about this NFL offseason. One, lockouts are terrible. And two, going 24 hours without a rumor about Kevin Kolb is impossible.

This latest rumor from our friend Craig Morgan at Fox Sports Arizona though, is pretty darn spicy, because it gives a LOT of credence to the whole "Arizona will trade for Kolb as soon as the lockout ends" theory.

See, Morgan reports that Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Kolb "organized a private throwing session" at Arizona State earlier in July.

This is not different from many of Fitzgerald's offseason workouts in that it involves another star player in the NFL. But it is different from most of Fitz's offseason workouts because it was -- until now anyway -- kept secret.

Oh, and because it involves the guy that nearly everyone in the NFL believes will be his next quarterback. And because it comes hot on the heels of some very specific rumors about the Kolb trade and Cards coach Ken Wisenhunt saying no one is untouchable.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we're getting a vote on the labor deal from the players any time on Friday, which means we're at least a few more days away from being able to concretely speculate on what the trade for Kolb will involve.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:26 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 9:38 am
 

Wisenhunt: No one on Cards' roster 'untouchable'

Posted by Will Brinson

The most prominent rumor of the offseason is that Kevin Kolb, currently of the Eagles, will end up on the Arizona Cardinals within a very short time after the lockout ends.

It's a done deal as far as many folks go, and it's simply a matter of what -- not when -- the two teams will trade.

But Ken Wisenhunt pointed out that he's a little surprised by all the chatter surrounding his team and the interest in Kolb, particularly the recent rumors that the team would give up Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in exchange.

"I don't even know where that speculation started about trading or what we're going to give up," Wisenhunt said, per Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. "We don't even know if [the Eagles) are willing to do that. That's something that everybody speculates on."
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Wisenhunt also mocked the speculation that occurred with quarterback Marc Bulger, who'd been rumored to already have a deal with the Cards and also not even interested in Arizona.

But, more importantly, Somers notes that Wisenhunt doesn't believe anyone on the Cardinals roster is "untouchable" when it comes to making a deal.

Of course, that's what everyone usually says when discussing the possibility of making a blockbuster deal. But it's also indicative of just how badly the Cardinals need a quarterback.

And exactly why Kolb's practically already pencilled on on the Arizona depth chart.

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