Let's make a deal? Not likely

Trading deadline day is always among the most active in Major League Baseball as pretenders look to deal high-salaried players to contenders seeking that one player to put them over the top. Not so in the NFL, where the salary cap makes even an in-season deal of even low-paid players almost impossible.

In other words, don't expect the Jets or anyone else to execute an eye-opening deal by the time the trading deadline arrives at 4 p.m. today. Rumors Sunday morning had the Raiders trying to deal troubled defensive end Darrell Russell to the Jets, but both Terry Bradway and Herman Edwards denied the Jets had any serious interest in a deal.

"They called us, we had some conversations, but we elected not to do that," Edwards said Monday. "There were some things they wanted that we didn't want to do. We said ‘No thanks' and moved on."

The "things they wanted" reportedly included one of the Jets' two promising second-year defensive ends—John Abraham or Shaun Ellis. Given that the Jets view Abraham as a cornerstone and are still high on Ellis despite his slow start this year, it's highly unlikely the club would deal either—especially for someone like Russell, who is not only coming off a mediocre 2000 season but also a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

INJURY REPORT: Shane Burton is doubtful for Sunday's game against Carolina with a left calf strain he suffered early in the 34-14 loss to St. Louis. Wayne Chrebet, who left the Rams game after getting hit in the head for the second straight week, is listed as questionable. The Jets are unsure whether Chrebet, who suffered a concussion against Miami on Oct. 14, suffered another one against the Rams or simply aggravated the existing concussion. Chrebet will undergo tests today and Edwards said "If it's close, he won't play" against the Panthers.

Tune in Sunday morning to the "New York Football Report," which can be heard from 10 to 11 a.m. on the radio at WDGA-850 AM in West Palm Beach and online at wdga.com. Jets Confidential Editor Dan Leberfeld and Giants Insider Editor Ken Palmer will co-host the show, which is sponsored by sportbet.com and will run every Sunday morning during the NFL season.


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