Re: SHAWN MERRIMAN
posted at 10/18/2009 9:58 PM EDT
Ok, here is the content. Now go find a dictionary, and look up the word 'rumor.' This is not a rumor. It is someone who has nothing to do with either team 'suggesting' this trade would make sense.
Football tops baseball in so many areas -- importance of the regular season, drama of the postseason, overall popularity. But the one time baseball trumps football -- shuts it out, even -- is at the trade deadline.
At the trade deadline, baseball is action, energy, deals; football is inactivity, quiet, no deals. With Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline rapidly approaching, here are five deals that should -- but won't -- be made.
1. Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers to San Francisco for a first-round pick: This is perfect. After trading their 2010 first-round pick to San Francisco for the 49ers' 2009 second-round pick, the Panthers can get back a first-round pick for a player who has tried to get out of Carolina. If anyone can motivate Peppers, it's 49ers coach Mike Singletary. And San Francisco still would have a first-round pick in April.
2. Buffalo wide receiver Terrell Owens to Chicago for a conditional fourth-round pick: Let's be clear, this trade is not happening. But here's why it should: Buffalo could get back a mid-round pick and clear more than $2 million in salary for a player who is expected to leave after his one-year contract expires after this season. Chicago could give Jay Cutler a weapon for the postseason stretch drive. The pick could be a fourth, but could improve to a third if Chicago makes the playoffs and a second if it makes the Super Bowl. What doesn't make sense about that?
3. Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to Baltimore for second- and fifth-round picks: Kansas City has proven that it is willing to listen to offers for anybody and the Ravens still haven't given quarterback Joe Flacco the ace target he needs. Bowe probably isn't worth a first-round pick now, but he could be worth a couple of valuable picks in the deep 2010 draft.
4. Cleveland quarterback Brady Quinn to Carolina for a conditional fourth-round pick: Clearly, the Quinn-Cleveland marriage hasn't worked any better than Greg Norman and Chris Evert's, so call it a day. Right now, Carolina doesn't have a first-round pick in April, and would be unable to draft one of the top quarterbacks, so it would make sense to take a chance on a quarterback who needs a change of scenery.
5. San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman to New England for a second-round pick: Merriman's performance has leveled off recently and New England, awash in draft picks the next two years, could afford to surrender one for a defensive playmaker. Some might think Merriman is worth a first-round pick, but he is in the last year of his contract and San Diego would be happy to unload him.Again, just to be perfectly clear and not to rumor monger, the chances of these trades happening are about the same as me succeeding Bill Parcells in Miami. But it doesn't mean they don't make sense.