The deep parity of the NFL this season, agents say, has most teams believing that they still can make the playoffs, making them reluctant to part with a potential breakout star or mess with team chemistry.
"Most teams think if they win the next one or two games they're still in it," said one agent, who said none of his players had been alerted to the potential of switching uniforms.
Rumors about Tim Tebow heading to the Jaguars have been denied by multiple sources to the New York Daily News — and wouldn't make sense for either team, said the agent. Quarterbacks, especially, take a long time to become comfortable and in sync with their teammates and offensive system.
Another agent said rumors that Ravens' offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was being shipped out of Baltimore because of his latest alleged money problems (a strip club owner in Florida announced he sued McKinnie over a loan on Monday, though the suit is not listed in the Miami-Dade court system and McKinnie said he has never received papers) didn't hold up because the Ravens' offensive line was so depleted. "I think they need everyone they have right now," the agent said.
Two trades that seem most probable, said one agent, are for DeAngelo Williams and Steven Jackson. The Rams, who are sitting in last place of the NFC West, granted the 29-year-old running back unrestricted free agency at the end of this season earlier this month. As CBS Sports pointed out at the time, Jackson has $7 million left on his contract and is getting older. The Rams, in the 2012 Draft, picked up two running backs likely to step in.
Williams, said the first agent, is likely to be let go from a Panthers team that has already shown it's not afraid to make major mid-season changes. The running back, who was benched two weeks ago and has expressed his frustration with the team, dodged questions about playing for a new team at practice on Thursday.
“Does it look like I want to be somewhere else? I’m going to let you guys (in the media) answer that,” Williams told reporters. “I’m going to leave it open for discussion. I’m going to try to get my Twitter followers up. ... It will be disclosed at 4 p.m. Thursday, so stay tuned. It will be breaking news at 4:05 p.m.”