View Full Version : Yahoo News : Running backs could be hot commodities at NFL?s trad

10-29-2012, 01:00 PM
This year, the NFL pushed the trade deadline back two weeks, moving the annual non-event from the Tuesday following Week 6 to the Tuesday following Week 8. While we expect this year's deadline to be quiet, coming and going without a big deals taking place (we also agree with Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com that the NFL needs to push the deadline back even further) there are some notable names, particularly at the running back position, who may be on the trade market and a few more who should be moved to new locales. St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson In their first season under head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead, the Rams are at 3-5 and are in last place in the NFC West. Prior to the start of the season, the Rams and Jackson agreed to a renegotiated contract that allows the franchise's all-time leader in rushing yardage to void the final year of his contract after Super Bowl XLVII and become a free agent. Even if Jackson doesn't exercise his option (which was inserted after Jackson came up short of performance goals that would have given him that option) it's unlikely that the rebuilding Rams will bring a 30-year-old running back at a $7 million base salary in 2013. So Fisher & Snead are wise to see if they can get something in return for Jackson before the deadline. Any team that acquires Jackson must account for the $3,705,882 that remains on Jackson's 2012 base salary. Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams Signed to a five-year, $43 million contract that included $21 million in guaranteed money on July 29, 2011, Williams is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry this season and has logged just 19 snaps over the last two weeks. The Panthers made a large financial commitment (five-years, $36.5 million, $23 million guaranteed) to running back Jonathan Stewart on Aug. 13 and there are no guarantees on the three years that remain on Williams' contract. Whoever the new general manager in Carolina is will likely part ways with Williams, who turns 30 next April, and interim general manager Brandon Beane could help his own cause by getting something in return for Williams. Williams has $2,779,412 in base salary in remaining in 2012. If the Panthers are able to trade him, they'll save $2.779 million in cash and cap space this season, and free up $18 million in cash from the three years that remain on Williams' contract. From a salary cap perspective, however, a trade now means Williams would count $9.6 million against the Panthers' 2013 cap, a $1.4 million increase over an $8.2 million number if he remained with the team through next season. (If Williams were simply released next offseason, and it were designated as a "post-June 1" transaction, he'd count $3.2 million against the Panthers' 2013 cap and $6.4 million against the cap in 2014.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount Rushing for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns in 2010 after being claimed off waivers from the Tennessee Titans helped Blount put the image of him sucker-punching a Boise State player behind him. Blount ran for 781 yards in 2011, but concerns arose about his work habits and the Buccaneers traded back into round one of the 2012 NFL Draft to select Doug Martin out of Boise State. Thus far, Martin appears to be the real deal, running for 543 yards and leading all rookies in yards from scrimmage (767) on the 2012 season. Martin has dominated the playing-time, playing on 72.4 percent of the Buccaneers' offensive snaps, while Blount has just 66 snaps (14.93 percent) on offense and offers no value on special teams, where he hasn't logged a single snap this season. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Blount is making the league minimum ($540,000, is due $285,882 in non-guaranteed base salary over the final nine weeks of the season) and will be a restricted free agent* next offseason. (*-With the salary cap expected to remain flat in 2013, restricted free agent tenders are projected to increase by the 5 percent minimum stipulated in Article 9, Section 2(b)(ii) of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The three restricted free agent tender amounts in 2013 figure to be: Right of First Refusal/Original Round : $1.323 million; Second Round : $2.024 million; First Round : $2.879 million)

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