2022 NFL trade deadline: Christian McCaffrey 49ers, Cameron Jordan among 13 deals that make sense for Chiefs

The 2022 NFL trade deadline is fast approaching. When I hit 4pm Eastern on November 1st, the Tuesday after Week 8, that’s it. Historically, the biggest blockbusters are reserved for the offseason, but given how much parity there is in the league over six weeks, there could be plenty of teams working the phones to make offers or entertain.

Some clubs are preparing to become buyers. Others are in a better position to sell. But here are 13 potential moves we like for both sides:


The 49ers get: RB Christian McCaffrey
The Panthers get: 2024 second-round pick, 2023 fourth-round pick, RB Tyrion Davis-Price

Kyle Shanahan can make anyone thrive in his pass-heavy system, but McCaffrey is of a different breed — so proven that he brings everything down to Jimmy Garoppolo (and/or Trey Lance). safety valve, not to mention another Swiss Army Knife with Deebo Samuel. It wouldn’t be an easy pill to swallow for Panthers fans, but Carolina’s long-term needs are more important, and two picks for an expensive, injury-prone RB and a third-round rookie is reasonable value.

Rams get: RB Melvin Gordon, 2023 sixth round pick
The Broncos get: RB Cam Akers

Gordon was briefly suspended for his troubles in Denver, while Akers is shopping LA’s now-defunct ground game. Why not change excluded to outside? Gordon will complement Darrell Henderson Jr., while Akers could immediately take over as the Broncos’ RB1, then link up with Javonte Williams in 2023.

Bills are available: RB Antonio Gibson
Commanders get: 2023 fourth round pick

Instead of surrendering multiple picks for McCaffrey, Buffalo could bolster its backfield by letting Ron Rivera make Brian Robinson Jr. the undisputed No. 1 in Washington. Gibson’s former hybrid wideout ability is a perfect fit for an offense built to air out Josh Allen, and his arrival will put pressure on James Cook to create a No. 2 playoff run.

Packers get: WR Kendrick Bourne
The Patriots get: 2023 fourth round pick

Between Bourne and Nelson Agholor, the Patriots’ wideouts on the outside, the latter probably offers more of what Aaron Rodgers is desperately missing — proven down-field speed. But the former is younger, cheaper and generally more well-rounded, making him a better immediate chess piece for A-Rod and a better perennial play for general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Crows get: WR Denzel Mims
The Jets get: 2023 conditional sixth round pick

Adding DeSean Jackson is fun, but at this point, trusting the 35-year-old to stay healthy is like trusting your slowest quarterback to chase down Lamar Jackson. Mims, on the other hand, is only 25 years old and could compete for a role in Baltimore’s weak WR corps through 2023. Jets GM Joe Douglas is friendly with the Ravens, having spent the first 15 years of his career in Baltimore.

Rams get: OT Riley Reiff
Bears get: 2023 sixth round pick

Wasted on Chicago’s bench, Reiff is no longer full-time material, but he has 139 career starts at left or right tackle. Matthew Stafford has folded behind poor protection for most of the year, and with Joe Noteboom blocking the blind side for the year now, the Rams can use any insurance they can get.

Executives get: DE Cameron Jordan
Saints get: 2023 second round pick, 2023 third round pick

Jordan, one of the all-time Saints, may want to retire in New Orleans, but he’d probably rather be chasing a ring and his team needs a backup for a rebuild. That’s the same price the Rams paid for Von Miller in 2021. The Chiefs could use a more stable sideline presence alongside Chris Jones in their pursuit of Lombardi, and the natural tracking…

Brown gets: DE Frank Clark
Executives get: 2023 fifth round pick

In a scenario where Jordan ends up in Kansas City, Clark and his lucrative contract could be shipped after a couple of tough seasons. The Browns already have a pair of popular pass rushers in Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, but with both starters out, they’re in dire need of “D” reinforcements and have money to spend. As a bonus, Cleveland is Clark’s hometown.

The Patriots get: DT Daron Payne
Commanders get: 2023 second round pick, 2024 second round pick

Bill Belichick already has a stingy defense that features Christian Barmore and Davon Godchaux on the interior, but when has that stopped him from investing in more pieces for the front seven? The Pats “D” running back could also take a leap, and Payne could be one of the best up-and-comers at the position; he just lives on a team that counters him with big money deals along the defensive front.

Dolphins get: OLB Robert Quinn
Bears get: 2024 fourth round pick, 2023 seventh round pick

Quinn has been a trade chip since Khalil Mack was traded this offseason. And Miami, which hired him for one season in 2018, ranks 22nd in defensive sacks. As a short-term proposition to upgrade a hit-or-miss unit, you could do a lot worse, especially since the 32-year-old Quinn could still be cut in 2023 to save huge amounts of money.

The Seahawks get: LB Roquan Smith
Bears get: 2023 third round pick, 2024 fourth round pick

Pete Carroll and Co. they’ve been burned in the past for picks spent on big-name defensive veterans, but Smith is the type of heat-seeking missile their porous “D” lacks in desperation. Chicago has already failed to extend the Pro Bowler long-term, while Seattle would ideally get a multi-year building block, assuming they extend him as part of the move.

Steelworkers get: CB William Jackson III, 2024 sixth round pick
Commanders get: QB Mason Rudolph, 2024 seventh round pick

Pittsburgh shouldn’t be in a rush to shed assets for a high-paying 30-year-old corner, but their secondary could use reinforcements, they liked Jackson’s departure from Houston and are resurgent. former AFC North rivals in this position before. Rudolph has no role at QB with Kenny Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky, but could at least give Washington some extra insurance for the inevitable 2023 QB competition. Bonus: he grew up rooting for the Chiefs!

Vikings get: S Jonathan Abram
Raiders get: 2024 fifth round pick

Minnesota is headed for a potential playoff run, but could use more snaps to pair with Harrison Smith in the backfield with safety Lewis Cine injured in the first round, allowing Camryn Bynum to roam in a situational role. Abram is largely a lost cause in Las Vegas, relegated to the bench after a mercurial run for the modified regime that drafted him.

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