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Dolphins Rams Trade Football

In this July 30, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib is shown during NFL football training camp in Irvine, Calif.

Trent Williams stayed put, as did Josh Norman and Chris Harris Jr.

Le’Veon Bell, Jamal Adams, Melvin Gordon and Patrick Peterson aren’t going anywhere, either.

The NFL trade deadline was a dud this year, but only because teams didn’t wait for the cutoff to swap draft picks and established stars, something they’d been doing since August.

The big news Tuesday was Williams returning to Washington. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the left tackle ended his season-long holdout after not getting traded.

During Cleveland’s recent bye week, Browns general manager John Dorsey said he’s spoken with Washington president Bruce Allen about acquiring Williams.

When asked if there would be a deal, Dorsey said: “It takes two to tango.”

Dorsey, who pulled off a blockbuster trade for Odell Beckham Jr. in March, couldn’t get Washington to dance, leaving the Browns to solve their left tackle situation in the offseason.

The only big name traded at the deadline was Aqib Talib, but unlike seven years ago when he was dealt from Tampa Bay to New England at midseason, Talib is no longer in his prime or headed to a contender.

The Rams traded the 33-year-old cornerback to Miami along with a fifth-round pick in 2020 for an undisclosed draft choice, but the 12-year veteran is on IR with a rib injury and likely won’t play again this season.

Talib will be an unrestricted free agent this winter after playing out the six-year, $57 million deal he signed with the Denver Broncos, with whom he won the Super Bowl four seasons ago.

That makes this deadline deal akin to the ones seen so often in the NBA when a tanking team absorbs a contract from another team in exchange for draft capital.

The Dolphins (0-7) could keep Talib on IR before letting him walk in free agency, an approach that would allow them to keep piling up losses to fast-track their rebound after this year’s player purge and could also net them a compensatory draft pick.

The Rams (5-3) have traded both of their starting cornerbacks this month and the trade of Talib clears salary cap space for them to sign recently acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey to a contract extension.

For years, the NFL trade deadline was pretty much the most anticlimactic date on the sport’s calendar, coming and going without general managers parting with any draft picks and coaches relieved at not having to teach newcomers their offensive or defensive schemes on the fly.

Minor midseason deals neither shook up the playoff races nor excited the public.

That all changed two years ago when Bill Belichick called John Lynch and offered him Tom Brady’s backup, Jimmy Garoppolo.

The 49ers were 0-8 when they grabbed Garoppolo from the Patriots for a second-round pick and two years later they’re 7-0, the only undefeated team besides Brady’s Patriots (8-0).

Other stars who changed teams before Tuesday’s deadline:

n Marcus Peters, whom the Rams shipped to Baltimore to make room for Ramsey, who forced his way out of Jacksonville.

n Leonard Williams, who went from the Jets to the Giants for a pair of picks.

n Emmanuel Sanders, who gave the 49ers another playmaker along with a fifth-round pick from Denver for third- and fourth-rounders.

n Michael Bennett, who bolstered Dallas’ pass rush after wearing out his welcome in New England.

n Also, the Eagles acquired edge rusher Genard Avery from the Browns, the Cardinals added running back Kenyan Drake from Miami and Seattle propped up its secondary by getting safety Quandre Diggs from Detroit in a move that upset several players on the Lions (3-3-1), who aren’t ready to give up on the season.