Trade talk heating up ahead of Tuesday deadline

With Tuesday's trade deadline approaching, talk of potential deals is heating up.

New England already acquired linebacker Akeem Ayers from Tennessee, but they are said to be looking to do more.

Mike Florio says New England has also been shopping for a running back, having lost Stevan Ridley for the season.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Pats have also inquired about dealing for Bucs wideout Vincent Jackson.

Acquiring Jackson would initially require $5.1M in 2014 cap space, but once a trade is executed, Jackson could always agree to restructure his contract.

Philly and Seattle are also said to have kicked the tires on a deal for Jackson.

Those two teams were mentioned on several other fronts on Sunday morning.

Chris Mortensen reports that the Seahawks would have made Marshawn Lynch available, but for the season-ending injury to fullback Derrick Coleman. Seattle has apparently tired of Lynch's act, just they'd gotten sick of Percy Harvin.

Mort adds that Russell Wilson knew for a month that Harvin was being shopped, and the QB apparently lobbied Seattle brass to keep the difficult wideout.

Per Jason La Canfora, Seattle is still seeking to add a tight end or pass rusher, after having tried to pry Julius Thomas from Denver in exchange for Harvin.

La Canfora also says the Raiders are willing to part with Matt Schaub, who figures to draw interest from pretty much nobody.

Additionally, Philly is reportedly shopping for a safety.

Circling back to Tampa Bay, one-year wonder Doug Martin is apparently on the block, and may again be available in the offseason.

San Francisco is said to be hawking players, with several stars about to come back from injury or suspension.

Historically, the deadline hasn't brought much action, but the 2012 move to a later deadline (from after Week 6 to after Week 8) may change that.

After just six weeks, very few teams are out of the playoff picture, and thus tend to be somewhat unwilling to move players.

But eight weeks can often bring more clarity, not to mention injuries, creating more desperate needs.

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