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Agent’s Take: Kareem Hunt and other players who should have been dealt before the trade deadline

Agent’s Take: Kareem Hunt and other players who should have been dealt before the trade deadline

On the day of the trading deadline, a record 10 deals were concluded. Most notably, the Dolphins sent the running back Chase Edmondsa first-round pick in 2023 and a fourth-round pick in 2024 Broncos for the edge rusher Bradley Chubb and a 2025 fifth-round pick.

A rare intra-departmental trade occurred. Tight end TJ Hockenson not leaving the NFC North. The Vikingswho are 6-1, traded a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 third-round pick to Detroit for the former Pro Bowler, a 2023 fourth-round pick and a conditional 2024 fourth-round pick.

Here are three more trades that should have been explored before the deadline that may have improved the teams chances of making the postseason. The financial consequences of those moves were emphasized. Salary cap space is based on NFLPA data.

The acquiring team needs enough salary cap space to absorb the remainder of the player’s current salary. Because trades would occur after Week 8, the acquiring team would be responsible for 10/18 of the player’s 2022 base salary and any other applicable salary components of his contract.

Trades cannot be made again until the 2023 league year begins on March 15.

  • Trade Compensation: A 2023 fourth-round pick and a 2024 sixth-round pick
  • Remaining salary for 2022: $622,222 (Texans’ 2022 salary cap savings)
  • Packers’ 2022 cap room: 6.4277 million dollars
  • 2023 Texans dead money. $16,220,741 ($10,389,629 savings)

Moving at the trade deadline is uncharacteristic of the Packers as they primarily rely on a philosophy of drafting and developing the roster. An attempt to address the obvious need for a wide receiver was made by the push for Chase Claypool. The Steelers assigned by Claypool Bears for a second-round pick in 2023.

The Cowboys and the Texans, who are in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in 2023 NFL draft with a 1-5-1 record, discussed the Brandin Cooks deal at the trade deadline. The Texans signed Cooks to a two-year extension in April that runs through the 2024 season, averaging nearly $20 million per year. Cooks is set to make $35 million over the next two years. His $18 million base salary for 2023 that was fully guaranteed by the extension was a problem.

The Texans reportedly wanted a second-round pick for Cooks. His remaining contract, specifically the salary guarantee, was supposed to make the trade compensation less than a 2023 third-round compensatory pick and a 2023 sixth-round pick. Giants got from Bosses for 2021 first round pick (20th in total) Kadarius Toneywhich is on a cost-controlled entry-level contract.

Adding Cooks, who is unhappy the Texans didn’t trade him, would be a challenge from a salary cap standpoint because of the salary guarantee. The Packers already have $222.7 million in commitments for 2023 with 47 players under contract.

Some flexibility of approach is warranted when the 38-year-old Aaron Rodgers is at the quarterback position NFLThe contract, worth just $50 million a year, was signed in March. At 3-5, the Packers have already lost more games than they did in 2021. Despite the record, the Packers are not in rebuilding mode like the Bears.

Cooks, who is 29, has been traded three times during his career. The last trade was in 2020 when the Texans got him and a 2022 fourth-round pick. Rams for a 2020 second-round pick, Cooks has been productive wherever he’s played. He amassed 1,000 yards receiving in a season with Saints, Patriotsrams and texans.

  • Trade Compensation: 2023 compensatory fifth round pick and RB Cam Akers
  • Hunt’s remaining salary for 2022: 3.1 million dollars
  • Akers’ remaining salary for 2022: $650,659
  • Browns 2022 salary cap: $33.23 million ($2,449,341 savings)
  • Aries salary cap for 2022: $4,515,663 ($2,449,341 salary cap expenses)
  • Browns 2023 dead money. None (contract expires)
  • 2023 Rams Dead Money: $512,371 ($1,451,779 savings)

An upgrade at running back was on the Rams’ radar screen. A trk code has been created Christian McCaffrey a few weeks ago, but the Rams were outmatched 49ers. The Rams rank 31st in the NFL in rushing (68.4 yards per game) and yards per carry (3.3).

The Browns were reportedly willing to part with Hunt for a fourth-round pick. Hunt was probably the next best running back option available.

Desired draft compensation did not reflect the trade market’s decline. James Robinson was acquired by Jets from Jaguars for a conditional sixth-round pick in 2023 that could become a fifth-round selection. The 49ers dealt Jeff Wilson To the Dolphins for a fifth-round pick in 2023. The Accounts Got Nyheim Hines from Colts for running back Zack Moss and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2023 that can be elevated to a fifth-round draft pick.

The Rams don’t have a fourth-round pick in 2023 because of the takeover Sony Michel from Patriots in 2021 preseason trade 2023 fifth-round pick to Browns as cornerback Troy Hill during this year’s draft. However, the Rams are projected to receive two compensatory fifth-round picks in 2023.

Hunt, who requested a trade in the preseason because the Browns declined to extend his contract, is expected to leave in free agency after the season. It’s possible the Browns could receive a compensatory fourth-round pick in 2024 for Hunt’s impending departure depending on the contract he signs on the open market.

An unhappy Akers has no desire to continue playing for the Rams. He could provide the Browns with depth at running back Nick Chubb next season. Akers is under contract in 2023 for $1,451,779, while Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson they have expiring contracts.

Acquiring Hunt wouldn’t solve all of the Rams’ problems. The offensive line may be a bigger concern and has lacked a consistent pass rush. The Rams, who are 3-4, could become the first Super Bowl winner who missed the playoffs in 2016 from the Broncos.

  • Trade Compensation: 2023 conditional sixth-round pick (fifth round if Giants win a playoff game)
  • Remaining salary for 2022: $575,000 (2022 Titans salary cap savings)
  • Giants 2022 salary cap: $3,118,856
  • 2023 Titan Dead Money. $3.31 million (2023 and 2024 opt-out years)

The 6-2 Giants are one of the biggest surprises of the 2022 season.The fourth-round pick Daniel Bellinger out indefinitely after suffering a freak eye injury in Week 7 against the Jaguars leaves a hole at tight end. Chris Myarick and Tanner Hudson are the other narrow sides on the list.

Austin Hooper doesn’t seem like a good fit in Tennessee’s run-oriented offense. Geoff Swaim leads the Titans in playing time at 65.2%.

Hooper signed a one-year, $6 million contract, which included a bonus of $4.965 million, to add a dimension to Tennessee’s offense that was missing in 2021. John Smith went to the Patriots in free agency. Other than catching three passes for 56 yards in a Week 7 win over the Colts, Hooper’s impact has been minimal. Has 10 catches (on 15 targets) for 116 yards in seven games. This is Hooper’s slowest start to the season since he was a rookie in 2016.

The Titans have four tight ends on the roster. Hooper’s departure could open the door for a fourth-round pick in 2022 Chigoziem Okonkwoto get more time to play.





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