Oct 12, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate (44) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
Is this one lone move?
Or a sign more trades are coming?
For these two teams, they are probably done trading for the season; not because they couldn’t use more, but teams don’t often trade much mid-season anyway.
As for the rest of the league, we might see a minor move or two but don’t expect another major deal like this.
The NFL trade deadline has just never been a time of action for whatever reason.
A major prevailing thought is that it is just too early in the season and teams don’t really know where they are going yet.
Recently, the deadline was moved back a couple weeks to potentially help that (Week 6 to Week 8), but how many teams really know by then if they are definitely going to make or miss the playoffs?
It would take something close to an undefeated or winless record by then to know, and that group usually contains only a small handful of teams on both ends combined by that time.
And that doesn’t even touch on the issue of limited cap space, with many teams either not having the space to make a significant move mid-season.
While it would be great to see more movement, especially by teams that may be surprisingly good – Cleveland and Arizona, for example – don’t expect anyone else of note to change uniforms.