Deal or no deal?

Deal or no deal?
October 29, 2012, 10:45 am
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Update 1:00 p.m.--Per an article on NFL.com, the league is considering pushing back the trade deadline due to Hurricane Sandy.

Update 2:30 p.m.--NFL has announced that the tarde deadline has been moved to Thursday at 4 p.m.

Hurricane Sandy or no, the NFL’s trade deadline will hit on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Will the Redskins make a deal?

Many Redskins fans are hoping fervently that the team will make a trade to bolster the ineffective secondary or even at wide receiver since it doesn’t look like they are going to get much out of Pierre Garçon, who was brought in to be the team’s top receiver. Will they pull off a deal?

While I’ve learned never to say never, it doesn’t look likely for a few reasons.

For one thing, there aren’t many players in the areas the Redskins need who are being offered, especially at defensive back. There just aren’t many teams out there that have a good enough supply of quality defensive backs to be able to deal any of them away for a draft pick next April.

Now, if a team is out of the playoff picture at this point it might be willing to part with a decent player for a draft pick. But 27 of the 32 NFL teams have at least three wins and everyone has eight or nine to play.

And even if there is a team that is willing to part with a player who could help the Redskins there is a final, fatal obstacle. The Redskins would have great difficulty fitting even a medium sized salary under the cap.

The team has somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million of cap space left. A solid veteran defensive back with an annual salary of $2 million would eat up all of that and leave them with no money for injury replacements for the last half of the year. There might be someone out there with a lower salary who could help but again you’re looking at supply and demand issues. The market would be strong for a solid, low-salary defensive back and the asking price might be too high for the Redskins, who don’t have a first-round pick.

Even if the Redskins could pry a defensive back or wide receiver away from another team and fit him under the cap there would be the matter of integrating him into the system. This is the major reason why in-season trades are rare in the NFL. It takes time to learn an offensive or defensive system and even more time to mesh with your new teammates. By the time a player is up to speed, the season is often over.

Again, it would be a mistake to completely rule out a move being made. The Redskins could make a strong big for a player, renegotiate an existing deal or two to create some cap room, and work him into the lineup as best they can.

It’s possible but very unlikely.