Our 2023 NFL trade tracker is now live with the offseason in full swing. We’ve already seen a couple blockbusters, including a rare one involving a head coach.
As free agency plays out and the NFL Draft season starts, trades will soon become the name of the game around the football world. Bookmark. Save. Do your thing. We will be providing instant updates on every trade around the football world with analysis in this NFL trade tracker moving forward.
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San Francisco 49ers trade for a kicker
|San Francisco 49ers get||Carolina Panthers get|
|Zane Gonzalez (K)||Late-round pick in 2025|
|Late-round pick in 2025|
Rarely do you see a kicker actually get traded in today’s NFL. But that’s exactly what the 49ers did in acquiring Gonzalez from the Carolina Panthers for a swap of late-round picks in the 2025 NFL Draft.
Gonzalez now replaces all-time great Robbie Gould in San Francisco. The former Arizona State kicker connected on 20-of-22 field goals for Carolina in 2021 before missing all of last season due to an injury.
- San Francisco 49ers: B
- Carolina Panthers: B
Cleveland Browns add Elijah Moore
|Cleveland Browns get||New York Jets get|
|Elijah Moore (WR)||2023 2nd-round pick (42nd overall)|
|2023 3rd-round pick (74th overall)|
Cleveland had been linked to Jerry Jeudy, among others, in a potential trade for a wide receiver this offseason. Instead, the team adds a 22-year-old receiver with unlimited upside to the mix. A second-round pick of the Jets back in 2021, Moore has caught 80 passes for 984 yards in 27 career games. He fell out of favor as a sophomore last season and was expendable after the Jets signed Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman in free agency.
As for Cleveland, it’s been looking for a No. 2 option behind Amari Cooper. While Moore has not shown that ability, the 5-foot-10 pass-catcher could morph into an elite option for Deshaun Watson.
- Cleveland Browns: B-
- New York Jets: A
Brandin Cooks traded to Dallas Cowboys
|Dallas Cowboys get||Houston Texans get|
|Brandin Cooks (WR)||2023 5th round pick|
|$6 million cash||2024 6th round pick|
On the same day the Houston Texans sign left tackle Laremy Tunsil to a contract extension, wide receiver Brandin Cooks is traded. The Dallas Cowboys originally discussed acquiring Cooks before the 2022 NFL trade deadline, but talks fell apart over his contract.
Just a few months later, Houston was willing to cover $6 million of Cooks’ salary for the 2023 season in exchange for added draft capital. Dallas is hoping Cooks provides the impact Amari Cooper had before he was traded, making this offense more explosive.
- Dallas Cowboys grade: A-
- Houston Texans grade: C+
Dallas Cowboys add five-time Pro Bowler Stephon Gilmore (March 14)
|Dallas Cowboys get||Indianapolis Colts get|
|Stephon Gilmore (CB)||2023 5th-round pick|
Could Indianapolis actually be punting on the 2023 season? There’s no other way to explain why the team traded a five-time Pro Bowler for a mere fifth-round pick. Sure, it saves Indy $9 million against the cap. But that’s not the point. We’re still talking about a highly productive cornerback.
As for Dallas, it brings in a veteran who yielded a mere 56.2% completion and 74.0 QB rating when targeted a season ago. He’ll team up with fellow Pro Bowler Trevon Diggs to form an elite cornerback pairing in Big D.
- Dallas Cowboys: A+
- Indianapolis Colts: F
New York Giants pull off blockbuster Darren Waller trade (March 14)
|New York Giants get||Las Vegas Raiders get|
|Darren Waller (TE)||2023 3rd-round pick|
We’re still not sure what to make of the Raiders’ moves this offseason. After replacing quarterback Derek Carr with Jimmy Garoppolo, Las Vegas has now dealt away one of its top weapons on offense for a mere third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. A late third-round pick at that.
From New York’s perspective, it brings in a Pro Bowl tight end to help recently extended quarterback Daniel Jones progress after a solid 2022 season. Prior to being injury plagued this past season, Waller was averaging 84 receptions for north of 1,000 yards over a three-year span.
- New York Giants: A+
- Las Vegas Raiders: D-
Houston Texans trade for Shaq Mason (March 14)
|Houston Texans get||Tampa Bay Buccaneers get|
|Shaq Mason (G)||2024 7th-round pick|
|2023 7th-round pick|
Houston continued its active offseason by acquiring Mason from a Buccaneers team that was looking to move off his expensive cap hit for the 2023 season. In doing, so it was able to pick up the veteran guard for a mere swap of late-round picks.
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It’s hard to grade this in a vacuum in that the Buccaneers are not in a great salary cap situation. Houston was able to take on Mason’s $8.5 million cap hit for 2023 without even thinking about it. Even then, we’re talking about a veteran guard who Pro Football Focus graded out among the top-20 at his position in the league last season.
- Houston Texans: A+
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B-
Jonnu Smith sent to the Atlanta Falcons from New England (March 13)
|Atlanta Falcons||New England Patriots|
|Jonnu Smith (TE)||2023 7th-round pick|
As with most deals this offseason, this one was all about finances. New England saw Smith bomb out after it signed him to a four-year, $50 million contract back in 2021. He was set to count nearly $11 million against the cap next season.
In return, the Falcons add a plus-level blocker who is able to help Kyle Pitts line up more outside and at wide receiver. Smith seems to be a perfect scheme fit for head coach Arthur Smith and CO. Meanwhile, Atlanta had the cap room to take on Smith’s bloated contract.
- Atlanta Falcons: B
- New England Patriots: B-
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Miami Dolphins acquire star cornerback Jalen Ramsey (March 12)
|Miami Dolphins get||Los Angeles Rams get|
|Jalen Ramsey (CB)||Hunter Long (TE)|
|2023 3rd-round pick|
We already knew that the Rams were in cost-cutting mode when they released All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner earlier in the offseason. Coming off a disastrous and injury-plagued 2022 season, Los Angeles needed to cut some of the proverbial fat from its roster.
By making the move, these Rams were able to get cap compliant. Unfortunately, it meant moving one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks for a mere third-round pick and reserve tight end.
From Miami’s perspective, this trade was a no-brainer. Ramsey will team up with Xavien Howard to form one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL. He also agreed to a restructured contract, lowering the All-Pro cornerback’s cap hit to $4.11 million for 2023. That’s a win-win for Miami.
- Miami Dolphins: A+
- Los Angeles Rams: D+
Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers blockbuster trade (March 10)
|Chicago Bears get||Carolina Panthers get|
|D.J. Moore (WR)||1st pick in 2023 NFL Draft|
|9th pick in 2023 NFL Draft|
|2nd-round pick in 2023 NFL Draft|
|1st-round pick in 2024 NFL Draft|
|2nd-round pick in 2025 NFL Draft|
With teams looking to move up in the draft to land a top quarterback, Chicago was in an advantageous position in talking potential trades. For Carolina, the likes of Bryce Young (Alabama), C.J. Stroud (Ohio State) and Anthony Richardson (Florida) have to be seen as targets.
As for Chicago, it made perfect sense to pull the trigger on one of the biggest blockbuster NFL Draft trades in some time. While he’s been inconsistent through two seasons, former first-round pick Justin Fields was not the problem for a three-win Bears team in 2022. He played stellar all-around football. Acquiring D.J. Moore is going to help him big time.
- Chicago Bears: A+
- Carolina Panthers: B-
New York Jets add starting safety (March 9)
|New York Jets get||Baltimore Ravens get|
|Chuck Clark (S)||2024 7th-round pick|
This is one of those moves that could potentially fly under the radar. Baltimore had Clark on the trade block primarily due to his cap hit and the presence of 2022 first-round pick Kyle Hamilton at safety. It had no need for Clark moving forward.
The Jets are a different story. Clark will slot in as their starting strong safety under head coach Robert Saleh. It was just back in 2021 that Clark yielded a mere 81.9 QB rating while intercepting two passes while targeted. He’s an upgrade in Jersey.
- New York Jets: A
- Baltimore Ravens: A
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