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2022 NFL trade deadline: Cameron Jordan to Chiefs, Roquan Smith to Seahawks amongst 12 deals that make sense

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The 2022 NFL trade deadline is fast approaching. Once the clock strikes 4 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 1, the Tuesday after Week 8, that is it. Historically, the most important blockbusters are reserved for the offseason, but considering how much parity there’s throughout the league six weeks into the yr, there may very well be a bevy of teams working the phones to make or entertain offers.

Some clubs are poised to be buyers. Others are higher positioned to sell. But listed here are 12 potential moves, with one already happening on Thursday (as we predicted) we like for each side:

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UPDATE, trade accomplished on Thursday

49ers acquire: RB Christian McCaffrey
Panthers acquire: 2nd round pick in 2023, a third-rounder in 2023, and a fourth-round pick in 2023. Plus, a fifth-rounder in 2024.

Kyle Shanahan could make most anyone thrive in his run-heavy system, but McCaffrey is of a special breed — so proven as a pass catcher that he’d give Jimmy Garoppolo (and/or Trey Lance down the road) an every-down safety valve, not to say one other Swiss Army Knife alongside Deebo Samuel. It would not be a straightforward pill to swallow for Panthers fans, but Carolina’s long-term needs are more essential, and two picks plus a third-round rookie for a dear, injury-prone RB is affordable value.

Rams acquire: RB Melvin Gordon, 2023 sixth-round pick
Broncos acquire: RB Cam Akers

Gordon was briefly shunned for his fumbling issues in Denver, while Akers is already being shopped from L.A.’s nonexistent ground game. Why not swap outcast for outcast? Gordon would complement Darrell Henderson Jr., while Akers could immediately take over because the hurting Broncos’ RB1, then share touches with Javonte Williams in 2023.

Bills acquire: RB Antonio Gibson
Commanders acquire: 2023 fourth-round pick

Quite than give up multiple picks for McCaffrey, Buffalo could enhance its backfield by permitting Ron Rivera to make Brian Robinson Jr. the undisputed No. 1 in Washington. Gibson’s skill set as a former hybrid wideout suits perfectly in an offense built to let Josh Allen air it out, and his arrival would take pressure off James Cook to be a play-making No. 2 for his or her playoff run.

Packers acquire: WR Kendrick Bourne
Patriots acquire: 2023 fourth-round pick

Between Bourne and Nelson Agholor, the Patriots wideouts on the perimeter, the latter probably offers more of what Aaron Rodgers is desperately missing — proven downfield speed. But the previous is younger, cheaper and customarily more well-rounded, making him a greater immediate chess piece for A-Rod and a greater multi-year play for general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Ravens acquire: WR Denzel Mims
Jets acquire: 2023 conditional sixth-round pick

Adding DeSean Jackson is fun, but trusting the 35-year-old to remain healthy at this juncture is like trusting your slowest linebacker to chase down Lamar Jackson. Mims, meanwhile, is just 25 and will vie for a job in Baltimore’s lackluster WR corps through 2023. Jets GM Joe Douglas is friendly with the Ravens, spending the primary 15 years of his profession in Baltimore.

Rams acquire: OT Riley Reiff
Bears acquire: 2023 sixth-round pick

Wasting away on Chicago’s bench, Reiff is not any longer full-time material, but he’s got 139 profession starts at left or right tackle. Matthew Stafford has folded behind shoddy protection for much of the yr, and with blind-side blocker Joe Noteboom now out for the yr, the Rams could use any insurance they’ll get.

Chiefs acquire: DE Cameron Jordan
Saints acquire: 2023 second-round pick, 2023 third-round pick

An all-time Saint, Jordan may desire to retire in Latest Orleans, but he’d probably fairly exit chasing a hoop, and his team is in dire need of restocking for a rebuild. This is similar price the Rams paid for Von Miller in 2021. The Chiefs could use a steadier edge presence alongside Chris Jones as they seek a Lombardi, and the natural follow-up could be …

Browns acquire: DE Frank Clark
Chiefs acquire: 2023 fifth-round pick

Within the scenario where Jordan lands in Kansas City, Clark and his lucrative contract may very well be shipped out after several underwhelming seasons. The Browns have already got a pair of big-name pass rushers in Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, but each starters have been banged up, their “D” badly needs reinforcements, and so they’ve got money to spend. As a bonus, Cleveland is Clark’s hometown.

Patriots acquire: DT Daron Payne
Commanders acquire: 2023 second-round pick, 2024 second-round pick

Bill Belichick already has a stingy defense featuring Christian Barmore and Davon Godchaux on the inside, but when has that stopped him from investing in additional pieces for the front seven? The Pats’ run “D” could also stand to take a leap, and Payne is likely to be top-of-the-line up-and-comers on the position; he just happens to reside on a team that is already up against it with big-money deals along the defensive front.

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

Quinn has been a trade chip ever since Khalil Mack was moved this offseason. And Miami, which employed him for a single season back in 2018, ranks twenty second in defensive sack percentage. As a short-term bid to enhance a hit-or-miss unit, you possibly can do so much worse, especially since Quinn, 32, could still be cut to avoid wasting an enormous chunk of cash in 2023.

Seahawks acquire: LB Roquan Smith
Bears acquire: 2023 third-round pick, 2024 fourth-round pick

Pete Carroll and Co. have been burned spending picks on big-name defensive veterans before, but Smith is the sort of heat-seeking missile their porous “D” desperately lacks. Chicago has already did not extend the Pro Bowler long-term, whereas Seattle would ideally be getting a multi-year constructing block, presuming they extend him as a part of the move.

Steelers acquire: CB William Jackson III, 2024 sixth-round pick
Commanders acquire: QB Mason Rudolph, 2024 seventh-round pick

Pittsburgh should not be in a rush to forfeit assets for a struggling soon-to-be 30-year-old corner with a high salary, but their secondary could use reinforcements, they liked Jackson coming out of Houston, and so they’ve revived former AFC North rivals at this position before. Rudolph, meanwhile, has no role with Kenny Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky at QB, but could no less than give Washington added insurance for its inevitable 2023 QB competition. Bonus: he grew up rooting for the Commanders!

Vikings acquire: S Johnathan Abram
Raiders acquire: 2024 fifth-round pick

Minnesota’s cruising toward a possible playoff run, but with first-rounder Lewis Cine injured at safety, they might use more of a thumper to pair with Harrison Smith on the back end, allowing Camryn Bynum to roam in a situational role. Abram is essentially a lost cause in Las Vegas, relegated to the bench after a mercurial run for the replaced regime that drafted him.

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