The NFL trade deadline may not come with a flurry of moves on par with the NBA, MLB and NHL, but that fact certainly doesn't stop the rumor mill from churning out a never-ending stream of speculation.
The Oct. 30 deadline is a mere days away, meaning the speculation is about to hit the saturation point. With disgruntled stars, teams floating big names for draft picks and your daily dose of Tebowmania, the latest rumors are sure to fill your heart with the joy of a thousand sunshines.
With that in mind, here is a look at all the trade speculation floating around the National Football League.
Steven Jackson Headed Out of St. Louis?
As rookie running back Daryl Richardson continues to impress and receive more playing time in the St. Louis Rams' offense, starter Steven Jackson's future continues to look murkier by the week.
That's likely why ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio speculated that the Rams could look to deal the former superstar by the trade deadline.
As rookie Daryl Richardson develops, and as the Rams reportedly plan to move forward without Jackson in 2013, could they move forward without him for the balance of the season, if the Rams want to give Jackson a chance to play for a contender.
On paper, the move makes total sense. The Rams aren't a playoff team this season and Jackson is at an age where his time in the NFL is becoming limited.
However, it's that age that could become the biggest obstacle in moving the former Pro Bowler. At 29 years old, he's approaching the dreaded 30 mark, which usually comes with a massive downtick in performance from running backs.
Considering the Rams would likely look for a higher-end draft pick, it will take an awfully desperate team to step up to the plate.
Dwayne Bowe Wants Out of Kansas City?
Stuck in a rut on a 1-5 team, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe "very badly" wants to be traded by the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole.
I can report this: Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) October 17, 2012
For those who have followed Bowe's situation, his unhappiness is not exactly a shock. He held out during team workouts this offseason hoping to score a long-term deal before signing his franchise tender in August.
My two cents: I can't exactly blame the guy. Bowe is a receiver with superstar potential who has been forced to run routes and force smiles when catching grounders from Matt Cassel and now Brady Quinn.
Despite having a fine season, every one of those errant passes slowly diminishes his value. Meanwhile, a trade to a contender could nab Bowe the big contract he desperately desires.
Jets Not Moving Tebow
Mired in a secondary role, it's no surprise that the Tim Tebow trade rumor mill has been fired up in the pre-deadline phase.
Unfortunately for those Tebow fans looking to buy a third jersey in two seasons, the controversial quarterback will not be on the move midseason, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini:
The Jets won't trade him, of course, because it would be admitting it was a mistake to bring him here -- and NFL teams don't like to admit mistakes of that magnitude. It's also a decision that wouldn't get past owner Woody Johnson, who famously said at the start of the season that you can't have too much Tebow.
The reasoning Cimini uses is sound, but also ignores the fact that Mark Sanchez is still New York's starting quarterback. Until Sanchez proves himself to be a reliable every-week option, there is no reason to actually move Tebow.
Yes, it's a circus and the rampant speculation has to hurt the Jets. But until the team sees what it has in Tebow, it would be letting go of a possibly valuable asset for a Blue Light Special cost.
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