The NFL trade deadline is only a few days away. Unlike the other leagues, more specifically the NBA, NHL and MLB, the NFL deadline usually comes and goes without any significant movement. Even after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to change the deadline from the Tuesday following week 6 to week 8 this season, rumours of players swapping teams has been almost nonexistent.

This morning though, we heard a few names being talked about as possible trade candidates come Tuesday.

The Panthers moving Williams is unlikely, as he still has $43 million remaining on his contract over the next three years. Another reason is his drop in production this season. In 2011, Williams recorded 836 yards on 155 carries, good for 5.4 yards per carry. In those 16 games, he recorded a run longer than 20 yards on nine occasions, including a 69 yard run in week 5 and 74 yard run in week 14. Fast forward to this season, where Williams, in six games, has only one run over 20 yards, a 27 yard dash against the Saints in week 2. With Jonathan Stewart starting today, the time may be now to deal Williams.

Steven Jackson has been expendable, especially for fantasy owners, all season. He hasn’t surpassed the 76 yard mark in any of the seven games played this season. His average of 54.3 yards per game on the ground is his lowest average since his rookie season in 2004-05.

Trading Jackson, who can void his deal after the season is over, would be a smart move for the Rams, and it would open the door for 7th round pick Daryl Richardson, who averages 5.1 per rush this year.