- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 12, 2006

Jerry Porter, considered a sure-fire star a couple of years ago, now is a nonperson with the Raiders.

David Patten, a starter for the Redskins last season, now is a nonfactor.

The Raiders (0-4) and Redskins (2-3) each have holes to fill, but their spare-part wideouts aren’t sure to be traded before Tuesday’s deadline.

The Redskins made injury-related deals for running back T.J. Duckett and cornerback Mike Rumph this summer and high-profile trades in recent winters for quarterback Mark Brunell, running back Clinton Portis and receiver Santana Moss.

The Redskins’ freewheeling ways notwithstanding, trades don’t happen often in the NFL, especially at the deadline.

“As a baseball fan, I love to see deals. But it’s just hard in football,” said the Giants’ Ernie Accorsi, in his 19th year as an NFL general manager. “Teams will shop in August if they have an abundance of talent at a position or if they don’t feel like they can keep a player who’s going to be a free agent. Personally, I don’t like to trade draft choices. I don’t like to look at next year’s draft and see holes in it.”

Falcons general manager Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee, said moving back the deadline wouldn’t promote more trades. He noted that fewer than five in-season trades have been made every year dating to the 1980s.

“Moving the deadline sounds good, but it’s hard to bring a running back in at Week 7 and tell him, ‘You’ve got to learn this, this and this, and we’ve got to win next week,’ ” McKay said. “Unless you’re talking a kicker or a punter, the schemes and the learning required don’t lend themselves to trades at that point. Guys who were in camp with you or are on the practice squad … know your terminology and they can come in and at least operate.”

McKay said summer and fall trading should be made more palatable by the removal of signing-bonus acceleration in post-June 1 trades under the terms of this winter’s extension of the collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association.

The first evidence of that was the trade by the Patriots of holdout receiver Deion Branch to the Seahawks in September.

“Since we did [the CBA] in 1993, the first consideration anytime you made a trade besides the players involved was the salary cap implication,” McKay said. “By taking acceleration out of the equation, you’ve made it easier to trade. The other thing that had an effect this year was the amount of cap room teams had because the cap went up so much. The last five or six years, everybody operated so close to the cap that trades were tougher to make.”

Porter wants to join Branch, Ashley Lelie, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Keyshawn Johnson, Keenan McCardell and Laveranues Coles among other disgruntled receivers who have been traded in recent years. No other position comes close in the number of elite players who have been moved.

“Quarterbacks and receivers are usually picked by a specific staff,” McKay said. “They have traits that staff likes. If there’s a change, all of a sudden, they’re potentially going to look in a different direction. They’re also traditionally high-profile players paid great sums of money. That always creates a little movement whether they’re at the end of their contracts or they think they deserve to be at the end of their contracts.”

QB or not QB? — Falcons quarterback Michael Vick ranks 11th in the NFL with 83.3 rushing yards a game, an average that projects to 1,332 yards for the season.

Vick, should he reach that number, would break a 34-year-old record for quarterbacks set by Bobby Douglass by a whopping 364 yards.

However, Vick ranks just 24th in the passer rating (69.8), third-worst in completion percentage (50.0) and fifth-worst in average gain (5.80).


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