With nine teams winless or having only one victory, there is far more chatter than normal with Tuesday's trade deadline approaching. One has already been made: DE Gaines Adams going from Tampa Bay to Chicago in exchange for a second-round draft choice.
The Browns also put a charge into the rumor mill by dealing wide receiver Braylon Edwards to the Jets last week. Edwards made a big splash in his debut Monday night, fueling speculation about other big names who could make a difference for contenders.
Terrell Owens' name surfaced with rumors he could be dealt to Chicago, and the 1-4 Bills would save part of his $6.5 million salary. Receiver Roscoe Parrish, one of the league's top return men despite a game-costing muffed punt last Sunday, could potentially be on the market as well. However, his $3 million annual salary would be difficult to move.
"Whether it happens or not, I don't know," Owens said in response to an ESPN report that said he should be traded. "I'm committed right here until it does happen. I'm not saying that it will, but I'm committed (to Buffalo)."
The Browns might not be done dealing, either. NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reported Thursday that the Dolphins, Colts, Chiefs, Raiders, Jaguars and 49ers are among teams that have inquired about wide receiver Josh Cribbs, one of the league's premier all-around special teams players.
Cribbs irked coach Eric Mangini by sitting out some offseason workouts while angling for a new contract. He eventually reported after some heavy public backlash and was a full participant in training camp, but Cleveland appears unlikely to provide a new contract in the near future.
The Browns also shot down reports that backup quarterback Brady Quinn could be traded. Those sprung up when it was revealed that Quinn put his house on the market.
"It's a personal issue," Quinn said. "I'm a human like anyone else. I have other reasons for selling a house. It's a long drive to work. I'm here a lot, all day. What's the point of adding extra time on my drive?
"I'm a bachelor. Do I really need a house? Some downsizing might be a little more effective in my life."
Owens would indeed be the marquee name should he be dealt before Tuesday, although there it still appears unlikely.
"We're happy with the guys we have," Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner said. "We really are. We're excited about the young receivers that we have. They're not playing like young receivers. They're playing well, and I think they're going to continue to get better. We're just going to keep trying to develop them and get the consistency we're looking for. That's where our focus is."
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