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BBAO: Trade deadline arrives

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Tuesday is the NFL trade deadline. Traditionally it is nothing like the frenzies in other sports, given the relative difficulty of joining a new team at midseason in football. But there are some interesting NFC North angles to consider regardless. Among them:

Would the Detroit Lions consider trading for a running back? Starter Jahvid Best is dealing with his second concussion of the past three months, and his immediate status is uncertain.

Would anyone make a huge offer for Chicago Bears tailback Matt Forte, who is having a career year but is unsigned after this season? It's highly unlikely that the Bears would trade Forte, but you wonder what another team might be willing to part with.

Will the Bears ship out safety Chris Harris, who has asked for a trade?

Is there any connection between the trade deadline and the Minnesota Vikings' decision to delay a decision on the status of starting quarterback Donovan McNabb? Is it possible they will shop McNabb to a quarterback-needy team, possibly the Oakland Raiders, if they decide to make a change to rookie Christian Ponder?

Based on history, at least, Tuesday will pass without a trade in the NFC North. But it's worth keeping an eye on regardless.

Continuing around the division: