NFL trade rumors have died down some following the plethora of blockbusters we saw earlier in the offseason.
In no way does this mean NFL trade rumors won’t continue to come up leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft later this week and throughout the summer months as teams finalize their rosters.
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Tom Brady to the Miami Dolphins “fake news”
A report broke back in March that Tom Brady was angling for a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Miami Dolphins after the seven-time Super Bowl champ ended his brief retirement.
All of this came after Miami added Pro Bowlers Terron Armstead and Tyreek Hill to the mix. However, it seemed to be a bit ridiculous on the surface.
New Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel backed that up earlier in the offseason, calling said report “fake news” when speaking to the media. At this point, Tua Tagovailoa is slated to be the Dolphins’ Week 1 starter with Brady playing a third season in Tampa. There’s no other realistic scenario on this front.
Arizona Cardinals shoot down Kyler Murray trade rumors
Throughout pretty much the entire offseason, there’s been continued chatter about Kyler Murray’s contract status. The former No. 1 pick is eligible for an extension for the first time in his career. It’s led to speculation that a trade could be in the cards.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim shot these rumors down in emphatic fasion during his pre-draft press conference. As for Murray, he’s also seemingly taken a step back from questionable social media activity earlier in the offseason that included the Pro Bowler removing any mention of the Cardinals from his social accounts.
Carolina Panthers kicking the tires on Jimmy Garoppolo
The Carolina Panthers boast the sixth pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. If the team does indeed look at another position, Jimmy Garoppolo becomes a realistic trade option during the annual event. It would come after the first round.
Garoppolo recently underwent shoulder surgery to his throwing arm, complicating things further. With the market for quarterback-needy teams drying up and Garoppolo’s $25 million cap hit, there’s now at least somewhat of a chance that he’s released outright. However, San Francisco will play this out to see if a market materializes. That could include a trade to the Panthers during the three-day NFL Draft.
Wide receivers now focus of NFL trade rumors
Now that both Adams and Hill have been dealt in blockbusters this offseason, there’s more information coming out of the NFL water-cooler indicating that other star pass-catchers could be moved.
DK Metcalf (Seattle Seahawks), Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers) and A.J. Brown (Tennessee Titans) are all set to enter the final years of their rookie deals. Their current teams are in extension negotiations with the trio.
Specifically, Samuel is someone to keep an eye on. Coming off an historical season with San Francisco, any new contract would likely make Samuel the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history. That is to say, $30 million annually. Teams are keeping an eye on this situation after Samuel requested a trade last week. It’s something that could come to fruition ahead of the start of the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday.
New York Giants playing spin game with Saquon Barkley
Giants co-owner John Mara noted recently that the Giants are not opening shopping their former No. 2 pick. However, he would not step in if new general manager Joe Schoen opted to move off the injury-plagued running back.
For his part, Schoen also noted that he’s not shopping Barkley. But has received trade calls for the talented back. All of this comes on the heels of reports suggesting that New York has been met with a soft market for Barkley.
Something will likely be coming to a head at some point soon on this front. Barkley, 25, is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and is set to count $7.22 million against the cap in 2022. He put up just 593 rushing yards in 13 games last season after missing all but two games of the 2020 season to a torn ACL.
From 2018-19, the Penn State product tallied 3,469 total yards and 23 TD at a clip of 5.6 yards per touch.
NFL trade rumors: Baker Mayfield situation still evolving
Following the Cleveland Browns’ acquisition of Deshaun Watson, it seemed as if Baker Mayfield would be moved in no time. He had initially requested a trade when Cleveland’s interest in Watson became public record.
Now, it looks like the two sides are in a holding pattern. A recent reports suggests that Mayfield’s contract ($18.86 million cap hit for 2022) is holding things up. Teams are said to be interested in him, but not at that cost. Right now, it appears that the Seattle Seahawks and aforementioned Carolina Panthers could be bidding against one another for the former No. 1 pick.