With the clock moving past the 3 p.m. CT, the NFL trade deadline has officially passed. As expected, the Green Bay Packers did not make a deal, sticking firm with their 53-man roster heading into their Week 9 bye.
Unlike in other sports leagues, few swaps occur at the trade deadline. Last year, only one deal occurred, a trade that sent Isaac Sopoaga from the New England Patriots to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a sixth-round pick.
Likewise, it was a quiet day around this season's trade deadline with few teams even involved in trade rumors. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did make a deal, sending away safety Mark Barron, the seventh overall pick just two years ago, to the St Louis Rams for a fourth- and sixth-round pick. Against their salary cap, Tampa will have to absorb the nearly $4.5 million of Barron's signing bonus money that has been deferred onto the cap for 2014 and 2015.
Tampa was involved in another trade as well, sending linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the Patriots. That deal has not been made official, however. The Buccaneers were also rumored to have interest in trading away receiver Vincent Jackson, safety Dashon Goldson, and running back Doug Martin, but they couldn't get another team to bite.