THE NFL TRADE DEAD-LINE

By Jeremy Sickel

The lack of trades leading up to the NFL trade deadline has bothered me for years. The most popular sport in the country makes the least amount of noise during this time compared to any of the other four major North American sports. Major League Baseball is king when it comes to swapping players at the deadline, with the NBA and its last second heaves to acquire players to help during the playoff chase running a close second. Even the NHL arouses more clamor when it comes to wheeling and dealing.

The shortage of major activity at the trade deadline creates the obvious problem of stifling fan interest, but even when the league does provide us with a deal or two it is usually anticlimactic in nature. Case in point 2011; the biggest name surfacing around the league is Kyle Orton. Let me say that again – Kyle freaking Orton is the most prevalent name floating around the rumor mill to be traded by the Tuesday deadline.

I fancy myself as somewhat of a problem solver so I have pondered, many times over, possible solutions to bring more excitement to the NFL trade deadline. There are many issues that factor into the lack of activity like the length of the schedule, lack of a minor league reducing the number of players available for bargaining chips, money, etc.; but I feel that the major cause behind the lack of activity is the actual date of the deadline itself.

We can postulate after Week 6 who is in and who is out of any possible run to the postseason, but is there really that much clarity after playing only five or six games for a team to cut bait on its players and start thinking about next year? In my opinion, the answer to that question is a resounding NO. By moving the deadline back past the half way point, Week 9 for instance, you allow each team to better evaluate their standing among the entire league, thus giving them reason to improve immediately if they are in contention, or for the future if they are not.

I understand that there are more important issues than the lack of player movement at the NFL trade deadline, but by making this one fundamental adjustment, it will increase the chance for the name in the spotlight to be someone more than a cut-rate player at best.

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