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Last-minute trade is a long shot



The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching. Teams cannot make trades beyond next Tuesday.

You might think the Bucs would be among the teams likely to do a deal, perhaps to inject some playmaking ability into their offense.

Don't count on it.

Teams rarely make in-season trades in this league, and coach Jon Gruden says it's unlikely one will happen this year.

"Nobody makes trades, okay?," Gruden said. "I think we're the only team to make a trade in the last few years (at the deadline). The reality is there's not many trades."

That doesn't mean the Bucs won't consider the possibility.

"We're always open for work," he said. "That doesn't mean there's a lot of willing partners. and making trades in midseason, it's a tall order to get somebody in here and ready to play. It's a little bit different than any other sport. In the NBA, they can suit up and figure it out with 24 seconds to shoot it. In Major League Baseball, you're still playing third base. You're just hitting fifth instead of third. It's not culture shock. There are some reasons why I think teams don't make trades. It's just hard on both sides."

Of course, the Bucs have a track of last-minute deals. They've made a trade at the deadline for three consecutive years. In 2005, the Bucs traded for QB Tim Rattay from the 49ers after Brian Griese's season-ending knee injury. In 2006, they acquired a second-round draft pick for DT Anthony McFarland, who was sent to Indianapolis. And last season, the Bucs shipped a sixth-round pick to Kansas City for Michael Bennett after their backfield was decimated by injuries.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:13pm]


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