A much-discussed trade that would have sent Denver Broncos star middle linebacker Al Wilson to the New York Giants was severely jeopardized Friday, and perhaps scuttled entirely, when the five-time Pro Bowl performer failed a physical examination.
Two league sources familiar with the trade discussions said that Giants team physicians and front office personnel were concerned by a neck problem discerned during the examination.
Trade talks had progressed to the point where Wilson traveled east to meet with the Giants, and the expectation was that a deal would have been consummated had he passed the exam. It is believed the teams had agreed to most of the principle elements of the trade, with the deal contingent on Wilson's health. Clubs typically include a physical examination in trade agreements.
It is not known what the Giants would have surrendered in the deal. Some reports indicated New York would part with third-year defensive end Justin Tuck, but they were unfounded.
It is doubtful, sources said, that the trade talks will be revived.
I guess the price to acquire Wilson just dropped like a stone. And things could get a bit awkward for the Broncos if they decide to keep him after trying to trade him, since Wilson is a defensive captain and all.
Al Wilson failed a physical with the Giants, eliminating the chance for a trade.
Wilson had a neck problem during the season and underwent surgery on his thumb in January. The Broncos basically have to get rid of him now - it's an awkward situation to try to trade your defensive captain, then take him back.
According to Rotoworld, the Bills are close to trading Spikes to an unnamed team. Which confuses me. I don't see how the Bills defense is supposed to raise much confidence with the losses of both Fletcher and Spikes at LB.
And apparently, MLive.com is disputing a NFL Network report that Detroit is interested in Al Wilson.
Al Wilson-LB-Broncos Mar. 25 - 9:56 am et
MLive.com's Tom Kowalski disputes an NFL Network report that the Lions are interested in Broncos MLB Al Wilson. Wilson, 30 soon, isn't going to the Giants after failing a physical Friday and the Lions reportedly believe he's simply not the player he once was. The NFL Network named Philadelphia as another team in the mix. Source: MLive.com
Takeo Spikes-LB-Bills Mar. 25 - 9:05 am et
The Bills are reportedly close to trading strong-side linebacker Takeo Spikes to an unnamed team. Spikes, 30, is coming off a mediocre 2006 campaign and entering the final two years of his deal but should be healthy now a full year removed from his torn Achilles'. Keith Ellison, a sixth-round pick last year, will pick up one outside linebacker position when Spikes departs. Source: Buffalo News
beanoX3 wrote:According to Rotoworld, the Bills are close to trading Spikes to an unnamed team. Which confuses me. I don't see how the Bills defense is supposed to raise much confidence with the losses of both Fletcher and Spikes at LB.
Again off topic, does anyone find it odd that the Bills seem to be quietly selling off their team? Mcgahee - gone. Clements - Gone. Flethcher - Gone. Spikes - Soon to be gone.