Few NFL Deals Before Deadline
After weeks of speculation about deals involving big names such as Terrell Owens, Steven Jackson and Shawne Merriman, Tuesday's NFL trade deadline brought no big trades.
Merriman stays a San Diego Chargers linebacker. The Philadelphia Eagles needed a linebacker, but their move before the 4 p.m. ET deadline was a trade with the St. Louis Rams for linebacker Will Witherspoon.
Witherspoon, an eight-year veteran who can play inside or outside, was acquired for rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round draft pick next year.
Witherspoon also plays on special teams. "This guy doesn't leave the field much, and it will help us," Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said on the team's website.
Also Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers sought to fortify their defensive front by acquiring tackle Tank Tyler from the Kansas City Chiefs for a fifth-round draft pick in 2010.
Tyler was a third-round pick by the Chiefs in 2007. He started every game last season, but Kansas City switched to a 3-4 front this year and he was rotating at nose tackle.
Other teams took non-trade routes in attempts to fill needs:
The New York Jets lost Pro Bowl nose tackle Kris Jenkins to a knee injury Sunday. They re-signed defensive tackle Howard Green, whom they had cut Saturday.
In need of offensive line help, the Washington Redskins signed tackle Levi Jones, a former first-round draft pick waived last spring after seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Earlier this season, there were significant swaps involving former Pro Bowlers. The New England Patriots shipped defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders; the Cleveland Browns dealt wideout Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets. Both have made an impact.