The biggest name was already out of the NFL trade market, with 49 players returning to Christian McCaffrey last week. The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs have made a splash this week, with Philadelphia passing Robert Quinn adding the Bears to an already impressive defense, and the Chiefs taking over Tony Cadarius Electric from the Giants.
But there is still plenty of intrigue as the 4pm ET deadline approaches on Tuesday.
A number of potential contenders faltered during the first period of the season. These teams may look to the commercial market to help themselves get back on the right track.
So, while we wait to see how things unfold, we play with ideas about deals that may or may not happen – but, in our opinion, should happen.
the athleteJeff Howe and Mike Jones made three proposals each. One book explains why every deal makes sense, and the other explains why it might not.
The Three Trade Propositions of Mike Jones
Texas Brandin Cooks to Packers wide receiver for 5th round pick
Why Jones: Davante Adams is sorely missed by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and there is no one in the commercial market who can fill these shoes completely. But for now, Rodgers desperately needs a veteran broad receiver who understands the concepts of crime and where he is expected to be at all times. Chefs — stranded in Houston, where Texans are likely to compete for the best draft pick — can help. He played in the same offense with Packers’ Matt LaFleur’s companion, Sean McVeigh, when he was a Rams member in 2018 and 2019 (Lafleur served as the Rams offensive coordinator in 2017). At 29, the Chefs still has plenty in the tank as they go back to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. In all, the Chefs have crossed the 1,000-yard mark in six of the last seven seasons while stopping in New Orleans, New England, Los Angeles, and Houston. While some wide receivers struggle to find comfort with a new team mid-season, chefs will have a good chance of making an almost instantaneous impact.
Haw why not: The last time the Packers traded a wide receiver, Rodgers friend Randall Cobb shared. Part of the Packers’ offensive problems this season has been Rodgers’ mistrust of young receivers. So the question is whether the Rodgers and Cooks can create enough instant chemistry to make a tangible difference, with the Packers essentially putting the Packers in a winning position now for the last 10 matches. This does not mean that Green Bay should wave the white flag and ignore all potential acquisitions, but that there should be a certain level of skepticism.
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The Patriots attack deals Isaiah Wynn to the Rams to pick from the middle
Why Jones: The Rams, the reigning Super Bowl champion, has struggled well this season, and a lot of that has to do with injuries along the offensive line. Through six games, Matthew Stafford has been sacked 22 times (the third-highest total in the league), and the Rams average just 70.5 yards per game (31 in the NFL). After losing left-handed Joe Notbaum to a torn Achilles tendon last week, the Rams’ sense of urgency to fortify the line has increased much more. Wayne, the 23rd pick in the 2018 edition, spent the last three seasons on New England’s left-handed tackle, but was not well liked by the coaching staff. Trade to rams can benefit all parties involved.
Haw why not: Wynn is going through his worst season in New England, although it’s fair to wonder how far he was left out of the right tackle. But even with that in mind, the Patriots should feel comfortable with Marcus Cannon and Yodne Kagost getting the right tackle in their last 10 games. They also have to work with the possibility that Trent Brown will waste time, as he hasn’t had a full season since 2018 (one of only twice in his eight-year career). With QB’s Patriots status off the rails at the moment, a move that depletes the offensive line – no matter how Patriots fans feel about Wynn – may not be in their best interest.
Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to Ravens for middle-round picks
Why Jones: There’s no way the Ravens would keep up with Presidents and Bills if they didn’t get Lamar Jackson’s more consistent and impactful weapons. Jeudy, who averaged 17 yards or better per catch in two of the three NFL seasons, definitely helps fill that need. Jeudy has been mentioned as a potential target for the Green Bay, but the Packers and Rodgers brass may prefer the veteran. The Giants and Rams have also been mentioned as possible destinations for Judy, but Baltimore and Jackson need someone like him in the worst way.
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Haw why not: I’m involved in this. I can’t even give a “why not”. Attack of the Ravens is very focused on playing the game breaker, either with Jackson or skill athletes, and Jody will add to that. It might also be a nice negotiating tactic for General Manager Eric DeCosta to show Jackson that they will make moves to improve the offensive talent around him. Judy hasn’t taken off in Denver, but who has really since gotten there in 2020? He made quite a few plays that validated the talent the football world saw from him in Alabama, and he had a fantastic opportunity to revive that potential in Baltimore.
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Tight end from Lions TJ Hockenson to Bucs 2023 first round pick, 2024 fourth round pick
haw why: Well, there is no reason to believe that Hockenson is included in the trade block, but this would be a difficult proposition for the Lions to ignore. They already have the inside track in the top five pick with their own draft pick, which should be used in the quarterback, and another round of rams. Throw it in a third opening round, and black takes control of the draft board. Perhaps they’ll be lucky enough to get a quarterback – and perhaps through another deal – Alabama passing racer Will Anderson to pair up with Aidan Hutchinson. For the Bucs, their offensive issues can’t be traced back to a unique place, but the lack of a star-caliber tight end certainly didn’t help. Hawkinson is under contract through his option for a fifth year in 2023, so that counts as well. Aside from starting their attack as quickly as possible, the Bucs must also think about Tom Brady’s future. Brady, the impending and indistinguishable free agent, could choose to retire, or perhaps he’s worried that the offense can’t be fixed in its current situation and is looking to play elsewhere. It is conceivable that the addition of Hawkinson could play a role in influencing this decision.
Jones why not: That’s an exorbitant price, and given that they may have to use a first-round quarterback next season, I don’t see the Bucs beating that much. Yes, the narrow end of the Hawkinson caliber will help. But not at this price.
Bronco quarterback Bradley Chubb to the Cowboys in the third round of 2023 and 2024
haw why: The Cowboys boast the most consistent defense in the league, and Chubb may be the most dangerous defender in the commercial bloc. Dallas will still be just as dangerous as Micah Parsons allows, but the addition of Chap will create another headache for opposing offenses. Defense coordinator Dan Quinn can build the rush around DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, and Chubb, then give Parsons more freedom to move around. For the Broncos, Chubb is still worth building around, but their defense will remain solid regardless of them and they will need to redeem the draft assets after the Russell Wilson trade. If they don’t think Chubb will sign an extension beyond the season – or if they think it will go over their budget – it makes sense to move him now.
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Jones why not: Oh man, the already brutal cowboy defense is getting more and more dangerous, right? I like it, but there may be more desperate teams going after Chubb. One? The Rams, who still sorely miss Von Miller and would like to add a quick pass on the deadline. They don’t have a first-round pick to droop, but they have a second and third-round pick in 2023.
Hawks center Matt Hennessy, Ravens guard Ben Cleveland, Bengals guard Jackson Carman, Patriots tackle Isaiah Wayne, Eagles left tackle Andre Dillard to the Rams
Falcons receive: 2023 Sixth Round Pick
Crows receive: 2023 Sixth Round Pick
Receiving Bengals: 2023 Selection of the seventh round
Patriots receive: 2024 fourth round selection
Eagles receive: 2024 third round selection
haw why: We had to dig through some old storage lockers to find some backup draft picks for the Rams, and they have additional assets that are late due to previous deals. Sure, they may never quit again, but Southern California is a lovely place to explore in late April anyway. Back on track, no, it’s not realistic to think that the Rams will overhaul their entire offensive line mid-season, but that option exists if they are willing to go down a very unconventional path. Their streak has let them down during their 3-3, an area that hasn’t gotten enough attention in recent drafts, so they can borrow from future drafts to make themselves head in a better direction. the athleteThe defeated reporters stockpiled a list of trade candidates last week, which coincidentally included two interlopers, two guards and a quarterback. Everything fell into place.
Jones why not: Resist! I just disparaged my Wynn for the idea of rams, so I’m saying no at all. Your deal is not working! Haha, in all seriousness, I like the aggressive mentality of completely overhauling the entire offensive line, but I don’t expect that to happen. I think the Rams like to address both sides of the ball, and they only have a limited number of draft picks for talent acquisition. So, one of the guys on the offensive line, yeah. Then a pass pass, which may require multiple selections to secure it.
(Brandin Cooks top photo: Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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