Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/15/13
NFL deadline trade ideas are fun. They are the stuff that sports-talk-radio dreams are made of. Unfortunately after the media/fan proposals are made after the dust settles and after teams gauge the measurable value of what’s being sacrificed against the fanciful acquisitions being discussed … sports-talk-radio dreams of “monster trades’’ die. “You are always open always listening’’ Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones says. “But the sort of trades (the public) talks about generally just don’t happen.’’ This is a bubbling issue in Dallas because as the Oct. 29 trade deadline approaches the Cowboys are in playoff contention but in injury trouble. They will play at Philadelphia this week for the NFC East division lead (both clubs are 3-3) and will likely do so without starting running back DeMarco Murray future Hall-of-Fame defensive end DeMarcus Ware and former Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jay Ratliff who is not showing enough health-related progress to come off IR. As a result Cowboys watchers talk dreamily of giving up trash for treasure or about sacrificing future draft picks for a “win-now’’ pickup. Will Jacksonville give us running back Maurice Jones-Drew? Hey why wouldn’t Minnesota hand over defensive end Jared Allen? Couldn’t we trick some sucker into accepting oft-injured and pricy receiver Miles Austin? Here’s the reality check: In the last seven Octobers NFL teams combined to orchestrate a total of 10 deadline trades. That’s 1.42 trades per season – hardly worth the pre-deadline hubbub.
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