Three Trades Fans Should Want to See Prior to the 2022 NFL Trade Deadline

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Three Trades Fans Should Want to See Prior to the 2022 NFL Trade Deadline

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Three Trades Fans Should Want to See Prior to the 2022 NFL Trade Deadline

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Fans root for 32 different teams, but they have plenty of similarities. One of which is that they prefer good football over bad football. In other words, competitive, high-level football full of excellent execution is much easier to watch in prime time than its opposite. It sounds simple, yet it is difficult to obtain, just ask fans of teams with a losing record. As we roll closer to November 1, the NFL trade deadline, teams will begin transforming into buyers and sellers if they haven’t done so already. The San Francisco 49ers’ acquisition of star running back Christian McCaffrey was the first domino to fall, but there’s potential for more. Let’s take a look at a handful of potential moves that should generate excitement among the NFL community. 


 

3.) Chase Claypool becomes Aaron Rodgers’ newest weapon 

When you watch a back-to-back NFL MVP lose three straight games to the New York Giants, New York Jets and Washington Commanders, it’s easy to feel an urge for change. Green Bay is no stranger to being criticized for its lack of weapons, and thus we find ourselves in the seemingly never-ending conversation once again. Should the Packers make a move at the deadline? For most, that question seems to be too easy to answer. Unlike the Packers, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a plethora of weapons, making it possible that they may consider moving off a particular piece like receiver Chase Claypool. The 6’4, versatile weapon could help provide a much-needed spark in Green Bay’s offense, as well as show a commitment to surrounding Rodgers with talent. For Claypool, he would get a fresh start and his first stint alongside an All-Pro caliber quarterback. While this could be a great match, it’s only possible if Green Bay can muster the courage to make a deal occur. Even though it’s unlikely to formulate, this duo would have the potential to dominate headlines and highlight tapes. That’s enough to justify a spot on this list. 

 

2.) Miami sends Mike Gesicki to Dallas 

There’s been circulating rumors that the Miami Dolphins may attempt to move tight end Mike Gesicki ahead of the trade deadline. If that’s the case, one landing spot with the potential to draw eyeballs to television screens resides in Texas. To the surprise of many, the Dallas Cowboys sit with a 5-2 record through seven games. The defense has been impressive, but the offense has plenty of room for improvement. With the departure of receiver Amari Cooper in the offseason, there’s been a lack of depth in terms of quarterback Dak Prescott’s weapons. An addition of Gesicki would certainly help address that concern. Although the Cowboys have tight end Dalton Schultz on the roster, his injury concerns justify adding another piece at the position. Schultz was inactive in Dallas’ Week Three matchup against the Giants and has not been too involved since, tallying only four targets since that game. Gesicki would surely add some insurance at the tight end spot, but even if Schultz turns things around, can a team ever have too many good tight ends? It seems that the answer to that question is no, and the answer to whether or not Gesicki gives the Cowboys a better shot to win games late in the season is an energetic yes. If that’s the case, fans should want to see Gesicki with a star on the side of his helmet.

 

1.) Kareem Hunt finds a new home in Philadelphia 

Ahead of this season, it was reported that running back Kareem Hunt requested a trade from Cleveland. Obviously, his request has not come to pass thus far, but that does not mean it’s dead as the trade deadline has yet to pass. So, let’s insert a contender who could use an upgrade at running back. While the Philadelphia Eagles’ backfield isn’t necessarily a problem, it is the weakest position group of their offense. If the Eagles are committed to going all-in this season, a mid-season upgrade at running back via Hunt could be what they need to propel themselves above other NFC contenders. Hunt would give the backfield a much more versatile feel with his pass catching ability. With the Eagles’ impressive offensive line, the use of Hunt in screens and other creative wrinkles would bring a new element to their offense. As long as Nick Chubb keeps playing like the best running back in football, Hunt’s name will continue to pop up in trade conversations. This may be the perfect opportunity for a team like Philadelphia to finally pull the trigger. Imagine the athleticism of Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and Kareem Hunt all in the same huddle. How could fans not want to see that hypothetical offense try to light up scoreboards? 

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