Since when is the NFL supposed to feel like MLB around the trade deadline?
A couple of days after more trade rumors surfaced about Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, head coach Rob Chudzinski again insisted during Wednesday's press conference that the team's top receiver is not being shopped:
Chudzinski shoots down all Josh Gordon trade rumors. "We're not shopping Josh and we have no plans of trading Josh." #Browns— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) October 9, 2013
Not too long after that, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports discussed various players around the entire NFL who could be trade candidates as the deadline approaches. Some of those names included the likes of RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Kenny Britt, TE Tony Gonzalez, and DE Justin Tuck. At the end, he quickly threw in two members of the Browns, which may have some relevance due to his supposed connection to Browns general manager Michael Lombardi:
Brent Sobleski of the USA Today chimed in with his thoughts:
So, G.Little & M.Schwartz now publicly named as possible trade bait? It's as much a motivational tool as it is the FO testing the market— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) October 9, 2013
We've already seen a couple of offensive tackles moved (coming to our division) in the past week or so. With all of the problems the Browns have had on the offensive line this season, it's hard to imagine them outright dumping Mitchell Schwartz. They do have veteran right tackle Rashad Butler on the bench, but I don't see Cleveland getting enough value to justify the move. Unless the Browns can get someone to significantly overpay for Greg Little, I'd be in favor of him riding the season out as well. There is still a lot of talent there if he can cut out the drops like he did in the second half of 2012.