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It was announced late Friday evening that the second trade has taken place before Tuesday’s deadline. Here are the details :

To Chicago Bears : (DE)Gaines Adams
To Tampa Bay Buccaneers : Bears 2010 2nd Round Draft Pick

This was a great move by the Bears….and honestly for the Buccaneers as well. At the end of this year, Bears (DE)Adewale Ogunleye and (DE)Mark Anderson contracts both expire. We will not be able to re-sign them both, so this problem is now solved for next year. Trading away a 2nd Round Draft Pick was a risky move, but if you factor in that Gaines Adams was the 4th overall draft pick in the 2007 draft, and is only 26 years old, it takes away much concern. In his first 2 seasons with the Buccaneers, Adams racked up 12 1/2 sacks and played in the same defensive scheme that the Bears are running with now. Bears defensive coordinator will surely bring out even more in Adams production. The Bears are now without their 1st and 2nd round draft picks in 2010, but getting talent such as Jay Cutler and Gaines Adams is surely worth it. The best part is they are both still young and have already proved they can play in this league. The Buccaneers will likely start (DE)Stylez G. White in the place of Gaines Adams.

Tuesday, October 20th is the date in which teams can no longer trade during the NFL season. So now, is the time for the teams with a chance at playoff contention to go shopping for that one or two players that they think can help them battle through the playoffs, straight to the Super Bowl. As of right now there are 4 teams (Buccaneers, Titans, Rams, Chiefs) that have yet to produce a single win this season. All of them stand at a record of 0 wins and 5 losses. There are 5 teams (Raiders, Browns, Lions, Bills, Panthers) that have only produced 1 win this season. All in all, there are 9 teams that have to be already thinking about next season. I’m not saying that is the way to go about it, but if you can produce a 1st or 2nd Round Draft Pick for a guy that is not in your future plans, or who’s contract expires at the end of the season anyway, why not make a deal. Even if you are getting a package of picks and/or a player you think could be a part of your future, now is the time to do it. Teams that are in the hunt to take control of their division, should be looking at their current weaknesses, and looking for players that could give them that boost to help them get there. For example, the Bears at 3-1 will need to stay in pace with the Vikings who are at 5-0. The big internet rumor going around at the moment is Buffalo Bills (WR)Terrell Owens could possibly be traded, and the team that has come up in most of these rumors is the Chicago Bears. You could argue that the Bears are good right where they are at with their wide receiving core. Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, and the surprise emergence of rookie Johnny Knox are getting the job done without a doubt…but you have to wonder how much of that is due to the sure-fire accuracy of Jay Cutler.

Now you have to wonder, what kind of damage do you think could be done to opposing defenses, if the Bears aquired (WR)Terrell Owens from the Buffalo Bills for lets say a future 2nd or 3rd Round Draft Pick. I know they have already traded away a plethora of picks to get Jay Cutler, but it’s looking so far to be well worth it. The Bills have Lee Evans (who the Dolphins are reportedly interested in trading for, but won’t happen), Josh Reed, Roscoe Parrish (who is another Bills wide receiver with a great chance of getting traded before the deadline), James Hardy (who will be coming off the PUP list soon), and Steve Johnson (who has already shown great promise).

It all makes perfect sense, because the Bills have a dismal 1-4 record, only have Owens under contract for one year, could potentially receive a great 2010 draft pick for him in exchange, and still have good enough receivers to hold up the rest of this year. The Bears would be taking a risk in aquiring Owens, but it’s undeniable that the connection of Cutler to T.O would wreck havoc among opposing defenses. He would bring a lot of veteran knowledge and leadership to a young receiving core, which would surely benefit the talented group of young receivers the Bears have already. I think Terrell Owens is slowly maturing and has proven it by his behavior so far with the Bills. This is his worst season so far to date, and he has kept his cool, and has said all of the right things to a media that provokes him disrespectfully, after a bad game. The Bills have had 4 of them already this season.

The reality of Terrell Owens being traded at all is slim to none though. Especially with the Bills deciding to ditch their no-huddle offense. It could happen though, and trades such as this I find very intriguing. Trades within the NFL were a rare commodity at one point, but it seems that in the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in movement. Over the next few days I will keep you up-to-date on all of the NFL trade rumors, and examine what players could be “on the market” over the next week.

On a personal note, what I think the Bears should do, is sign free agent (WR)Matt Jones, formally of the Jaguars. He showed plenty of #1 receiving potential, and has all the skills necessary to be one in this game for a long time. He is still young, and has height, which will blend together well with have (TE)Greg Olsen on the field at the same time. With Matt Jones and Devin Hester on the ends, Johnny Knox in the slot, and Greg Olsen, it would bring together a group that we would be able to rely on for a long time to come. We would lose nothing by signing him, because I’m quite sure he would only get signed to the veteran minimum. Let him come in and earn a contract extension next year. He would succeed too. because if you think about it, most of his time he had David Garrard throwing him passes. Decent QB, but no Jay Cutler.

If we signed Matt Jones, then we wouldn’t have to bring in a guy like Terrell Owens. We would also save a ton of money by doing it this way, and wouldn’t have to trade a draft pick. Maybe save that pick to trade for a guy like Shawne Merriman/Chargers, Aaron Kampman/Packers, Derrick Johnson/Chiefs, or Nnamdi Asomugha/Raiders, who are all rumored to be available for the right price, but I’ll save all of that for the days to come. So many possibilities!

-Dale Underiner (TSR Writer)-

With the news of the Braylon Edwards trade to the Jets today, I realized the NFL Trade Deadline is fast approaching with October 20th fast approaching. Here is a list of all of the trades that have taken place in 2009. This list does not include trades made during the draft, unless it involved player(s) in the deal.

To Minnesota Vikings : (QB)Sage Rosenfels
To Houston Texans : 2009 4th Round Draft Pick

To Tampa Bay Buccaneers : (TE)Kellen Winslow
To Cleveland Browns : 2009 2nd Round Draft Pick & 2010 5th Round Draft Pick

To Kansas City Chiefs : (QB)Matt Cassel & (LB)Mike Vrabel
To New England Patriots : 2009 2nd Round Draft Pick

To New York Jets : (CB)Lito Sheppard
To Philadelphia Eagles : 2009 5th Round Draft Pick & 2010 Conditional Draft Pick

To Dallas Cowboys : (QB)Jon Kitna
To Detroit Lions : (CB)Anthony Henry

To New England Patriots : (WR)Greg Lewis & 2010 Conditional Draft Pick
To Philadelphia Eagles : 2009 5th Round Draft Pick

To Detroit Lions : (LB)Julian Peterson
To Seattle Seahawks : (DT)Cory Redding & 2009 5th Round Draft Pick

To Miami Dolphins : (DT)Tony McDaniel
To Jacksonville Jaguars : 2009 7th Round Draft Pick

To Oakland Raiders : (OL)Samson Satele
To Miami Dolphins : 2009 6th Round Draft Pick

To Chicago Bears : (QB)Jay Cutler & 2009 5th Round Draft Pick
To Denver Broncos : (QB)Kyle Orton & 2009 1st Round Draft Pick & 2009 3rd Round Draft Pick & 2010 1st Round Draft Pick

To St. Louis Rams : (WR)Laurent Robinson & 2009 5th Round Draft Pick (#160) & 2009 6th Round Draft Pick (#196)
To Atlanta Falcons : 2009 5th Round Draft Pick (#138) & 2009 6th Round Draft Pick (#176)

To Carolina Panthers : (LS)J.J. Jansen
To Green Bay Packers : 2011 Conditional Draft Pick

To Philadelphia Eagles : (OL)Jason Peters
To Buffalo Bills : 2009 1st Round Draft Pick & 2009 4th Round Draft Pick & 2010 Conditional Draft Pick

To Atlanta Falcons : (TE)Tony Gonzalez
To Kansas City Chiefs : 2010 2nd Round Draft Pick

To New York Jets : 2009 1st Round Draft Pick (#5 Overall “(QB)Mark Sanchez selected”)
To Cleveland Browns : (S)Abram Elam, (DE)Kenyon Coleman, (QB)Brett Ratliff, 2009 1st Round Draft Pick, & 2009 2nd Round Draft Pick

To Philadelphia Eagles : (CB)Ellis Hobbs
To New England Patriots : (2) 2009 5th Round Draft Picks

To New England Patriots : (TE)Alex Smith
To Tampa Bay Buccaneers : 2010 Undisclosed Draft Pick

To Cincinnati Bengals : (RB)Brian Leonard
To St. Louis Rams : (DT)Orien Harris

To Detroit Lions : (WR)Dennis Northcutt
To Jacksonville Jaguars : (S)Gerald Alexander

To St. Louis Rams : (WR)Ronald Curry
To Detroit Lions : (DT)Orien Harris

To New England Patriots : (DE)Derrick Burgess
To Oakland Raiders : 2010 3rd Round Draft Pick & 2011 5th Round Draft Pick

To Denver Broncos : (DE)LeKevin Smith & 2010 7th Round Draft Pick
To New England Patriots : 2010 5th Round Draft Pick

To Kansas City Chiefs : (OL)Andy Alleman & (OL)Ikechuku Ndukwe
To Miami Dolphins : 2010 Undisclosed Draft Pick

To Denver Broncos : (OL)Russ Hochstein
To New England Patriots : 2010 7th Round Draft Pick

To San Diego Chargers : (DT)Travis Johnson
To Houston Texans : 2010 Conditional 6th Round Draft Pick

To Atlanta Falcons : (CB)Tye Hill
To St. Louis Rams : 2010 7th Round Draft Pick

To Carolina Panthers : (DT)Louis Leonard
To Cleveland Browns : 2010 Undisclosed Draft Pick

To Detroit Lions : (S)Ko Simpson
To Buffalo Bills : 2010 Undisclosed Draft Pick

To Baltimore Ravens : (OL)Tony Moll
To Green Bay Packers : (S)Derrick Martin

To New Orleans Saints : (TE)David Thomas
To New England Patriots : 2011 6th Round Draft Pick

To New England Patriots : (TE)Michael Matthews
To New York Giants : 2011 Undisclosed Draft Pick

To Jacksonville Jaguars : (QB)Luke McCown
To Tampa Bay Buccaneers : 2010 Conditional 5th Round Draft Pick

To Oakland Raiders : (DT)Richard Seymour
To New England Patriots : 2011 1st Round Draft Pick

To New York Jets : (QB)Kevin O’Connell
To Detroit Lions : 2010 Undisclosed Draft Pick

To New England Patriots : (LB)Prescott Burgess
To Baltimore Ravens : 2010 Conditional 7th Round Draft Pick

To Miami Dolphins : (QB)Tyler Thigpen
To Kansas City Chiefs : 2010 4th Round Draft Pick

To New York Jets : (WR)Braylon Edwards
To Cleveland Browns : (WR)Chansi Stuckey, (LB)Jason Trusnik, 2010 3rd Round Draft Pick, & 2010 5th Round Draft Pick

To Chicago Bears : (DE)Gaines Adams
To Tampa Bay Buccaneers : 2010 2nd Round Draft Pick

– Bears (QB)Jay Cutler to (TE)Kellen Davis for a TD
– Bengals (D/ST) (DE)Robert Geathers returns a 75 yard fumble for a TD
– Bears (QB)Jay Cutler to (TE)Greg Olsen for a TD
– Texans (RB)Steve Slaton rushes for a TD
– Colts (QB)Peyton Manning to (WR)Reggie Wayne for a TD
– Jaguars (QB)David Garrard to (WR)Mike Sims-Walker for a TD
– Texans (QB)Matt Schaub to (RB)Steve Slaton for a TD pass
– Browns (QB)Derek Anderson to (WR)Mohamed Massaquoi for a TD
– Patriots (RB)Sammy Morris rushes for a TD
– Lions (RB)Kevin Smith rushes for a TD
– Jaguars (QB)David Garrard to (WR)Mike Sims-Walker for a TD (2nd time today)
– Colts (QB)Peyton Manning to (WR)Austin Collie for a TD

– Bengals (QB)Carson Palmer to (WR)Chad Ochocinco for a TD
– Lions (RB)Kevin Smith rushes for a TD
– Lions (QB)Matthew Stafford to (TE)Will Heller for a TD
– Bears (QB)Jay Cutler rushes for a TD
– Colts (RB)Donald Brown rushes for a TD
– Jaguars (RB)Maurice Jones-Drew rushes for a TD
– Giants (QB)Eli Manning to (WR)Steve Smith for a TD
– Giants (QB)Eli Manning to (WR)Steve Smith for a TD (again)
– Patriots (QB)Tom Brady rushes for a TD
– Ravens (QB)Joe Flacco to (WR)Derrick Mason for a TD
– Buccaneers (QB)Josh Johnson to (WR)Antonio Bryant for a TD

Who’s Hot for Week 4

1) (QB)Jay Cutler-Chicago Bears (vs. Detroit Lions)
Why : The Lions are ranked (#30/32) in pass defense, giving up an average of of 278.7 yards per game. They also have given up the most passing touchdowns of any team in the league with 10. That’s right, 10. That’s 3 more than second worst in the league which is 7 touchdown passes, given up by the Cardinals, Titans, & Buccaneers. Plus, Cutler’s flat out on fire. Enjoy it while it lasts Mo-town.

2) (RB)Cedric Benson-Cincinnati Bengals (@ Cleveland Browns)
Why : The Browns are ranked (#30/32) in run defense, giving up an average of 184.3 rushing yards per game. Terrible….want to know what makes them even worse? They have given up a league high 8 rushing touchdowns so far this year (along with the Texans). Benson has become a heavily reliable running back each and every week. Just look at what he did last week against one of the leagues top defenses in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

3) (WR)Mike Sims-Walker-Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Tennessee Titans)
Why : The Titans are ranked (#29/32) in passing defense, giving up an average of 274.7 yards per game. On top of that, they have allowed 7 touchdown passes already this season. Sims-Walker is one game away from becoming the Jaguars #1 receiving threat. I believe this week, will be the week.

4) (TE)Chris Cooley-Washington Redskins (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Why : The Buccaneers are ranked (#21/32) in passing defense, giving up an average of 245 yards per game. They also have given up a total of 7 passing touchdowns. These numbers are expected to get worse for the Buccaneers due to losing (S)Jermaine Phillips for the season. Look for (QB)Jason Campbell to find Cooley often during this match-up.

5) (RB)Michael Bush-Oakland Raiders (@ Houston Texans)
Why : This is my sleeper pick of the week. The Texans are ranked dead last against the run this season, giving up an average of 204.7 yards per game. They also have given up 8 rushing touchdowns this season. Darren McFadden should also have a great game this week, but don’t be surprised if Bush finds the end zone on at least one occasion this week.

Who’s Not (John Madden)for Week 4:

1) (QB)Tony Romo-Dallas Cowboys (@ Denver Broncos)
Why : Surprisingly, the Broncos rank second (#2/32) in pass defense, giving up only an average of 136.3 yards per game. They are also the only team in the league to not allow one single passing touchdown this season. Denver did some great re-arranging of their secondary in the off-season, adding long time Eagles great, (S)Brian Dawkins, and a pair of former Dolphins defensive backs, (S)Renaldo Hill, & (CB)Andre Goodman. It looks like the change of scenery has done them well, and Romo still seems to be not completely on the same page with their #1 Wide Receiver, Roy Williams. I don’t see Romo playing that well in Denver either. Sure seems like Tony Romo, and Terrell Owens are LOST without each other.

2) (RB)Fred Jackson-Buffalo Bills (@ Miami Dolphins)
Why : The Dolphins are ranked (#3/32) in rushing defense, giving up an average of only 66 rushing yards per game. They have only given up 2 rushing touchdowns as well. Bills (RB)Marshawn Lynch is coming back from a 3 game suspension this week, and will definitely reduce the work load of Fred Jackson. Fred Jackson did an excellent job of filling in for Lynch through the first 3 weeks of the season, but you cannot ignore the talents of Marshawn Lynch.

3) (WR)Nate Burleson-Seattle Seahawks (@ Indianapolis Colts)
Why : The Colts are ranked (#10/32) in passing defense, giving up an average of 192.3 yards per game. The Colts have only given up 1 passing touchdown this season.

4) (TE)Sean Ryan-Kansas City Chiefs (vs. New York Giants)
Why : The Giants are ranked first (#1/32) in the league in passing defense, giving up an average of 124 yards per game, and a total of 2 passing touchdowns. Now, I know Sean Ryan isn’t even a huge threat in the first place. He is the Chiefs starting tight end, but this week this Chiefs went out and signed for Cardinals (TE)Leonard Pope, who was released during final roster cuts. Leonard Pope is more of a threat than Sean Ryan is, and i’m sure he will see action this week, but the way the Chiefs passing attack has been, combined with the fact that the Giants are ranked first in defense, no Chiefs tight end this week will “light it up”. Oh how they shouldn’t of traded Tony Gonzalez.

5) (RB)Steven Jackson-St. Louis Rams (@ San Francisco 49ers)
Why : This is my “Beware” pick of the week. The 49ers are ranked (#4/32) in rushing defense, with an average of only 66.7 yards per game allowed. The reason I call for “beware” is because a) 66.7 yards per game is impressive and b) they haven’t allowing one single rushing touchdown yet this season. Steven Jackson is great running back in my eyes, but Mike Singletary has his defense on top of its game this season. Don’t look for them to faulter at home this week either.

Calling myself out : Last week I chose to put (TE)Vernon Davis in the “Who’s Not” section, when it should have been the complete opposite. He compiled 96 yards, 7 receptions, 2 of them going for touchdowns. My bad, but in my defense, I’m just giving it to you “by the numbers”. But what a game between the Vikings and 49ers. That game personified why the game of football is such a great game, and why I have such a passion for it. Anything can happen. Where else can you get a guy coming out of retirement for the second time, with everyone questioning if he still “had it”, throwing a pass to the back of the end zone with seconds left in the game while on the losing end, to a guy that was newly aquired and hadn’t even caught a single pass with his new team yet. 2 feet in bounds….TOUCHDOWN!! What a game….what a sport.