On Tuesday afternoon, the NFL trade deadline came and went without any significant moves being made. Names like Trent Williams, Jamal Adams and A.J. Green were all mentioned as possible trade candidates, but all remained with their team after the deadline.
While all three names popped up in the headlines, there was another name that entered trade talks that took some NFL fans by surprise.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport revealed the Atlanta Falcons engaged in trade talks with the Detroit Lions. According to Rapoport, the Lions were interested in running back Devonta Freeman and the two sides talked about a deal.
"An intriguing would-be trade that was heavily discussed over the past week, but didn’t end up happening: Falcons RB Devonta Freeman to the Lions. DET inquired, the sides talked about a possible deal at length, but ultimately, Atlanta just decided they didn’t want to trade him," Rapoport revealed this morning.
Freeman is a two-time Pro Bowler, but hasn't seen much success this season. He missed the majority of the 2018 season with knee and groin injuries.
The former Florida State star put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2015 and 2016, making the Pro Bowl in both seasons.
Detroit lost running back Kerryon Johnson to an injury two weeks ago and it's clear the team wasn't happy with its running back room.
All-in-all the trade deadline offered very little to fans hoping for a big trade.