2022 NFL trade candidates: 12 notable names who could be shopped ahead of final roster cuts

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The 2022 NFL season is upon us. With just one week left of preseason, teams are approaching one of the busiest days on the annual calendar. All 32 clubs are required to reduce their rosters to 53 players by August 30 at 4 p.m. ET, just over a week before the first game of the regular season. Before then, however, a number of teams will try to make last-minute returns on notable players, buying possible cuts in the league.

Here are a dozen names to keep an eye on as possible trading targets ahead of the cutdown day:

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

He’s essentially been available for two years, so barring a serious quarterback injury in practice or a preseason finale, the veteran is set to be outright released, saving San Francisco $25.5 million. Chances are, the proven but fragile signal caller will still be launching games in 2022; it’s just a matter of where and how fast.

Browns RB Kareem Hunt

The former Chiefs star, a top addition to Nick Chubb, has reportedly asked for a trade as he sought a raise. At $6.25 million in the final year of his deal, he would be just a rental to anyone who doesn’t want to renew him immediately, but his universal skills, including as a pass catcher, remain Pro Bowl caliber.

Chiefs RB Ronald Jones

Two years away from nearly a 1,000-yard season for Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, the former first-rounder is a forgotten man on the Kansas City committee, and his meager preseason work suggests he may well be fired. He’s been caught fumbling and mental mistakes, but he remains a solid, straight forward ball carrier.

Browns RB D’Ernest Johnson

If Cleveland keeps the Chubb-Hunt duo intact, it could save a bit of money by auctioning Johnson instead, especially after the former undocumented backup racked up 500 yards in 2021 as an injury replacement. The team also has Demetric Felton Jr., who got a lot of work as a pass catcher, on its roster.

Patriots WR Kendrick Bourne

He’s a huge fan in Mac Jones, he’s had an underrated 800m season and he’s signed a budget-conscious option until 2023. But Bill Belichick has kept him out of practice and preseason lately due to disciplinary issues, and New England’s reception room is suddenly packed with DeVante Parker, Tyquan Thornton, Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor locked in orbits.

Giants WR Darius Slayton

There are few, if any, players on the Giants’ transfer list that new general manager Joe Schoen wouldn’t want to deal with, and Slayton has plummeted despite two consecutive 700m seasons to start his big career. depth chart behind younger options like Kadarius Toney and Wan’Dale Robinson. As a WR3/4 flyer, he might pull off some looks.

Eagles WR Jalen Reago

Most years, GM Howie Roseman could wait another season to see if such a large investment would still pay off. After all, Reagor is only 23 after finishing 21st overall in 2020. But neither his top speed nor his hands showed up on Sunday. A change of scenery feels more doable with AJ Brown and Zach Pascal joining in alongside DeVonta Smith.

Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault Jr.

The former second-rounder feels like the kind of rough-and-tumble chess piece new coach Doug Pederson might appeal to, but not when the reception room has been completely remade for Trevor Lawrence, with Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and Marvin Jones all locked in top positions. Plus, Travis Etienne is well on his way to becoming the Swiss Army Knife.

Lions WR Quintez Cephus

Detroit’s receiving corps is pretty underrated, with DJ Chark and Jameson Williams joining Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds. That leaves Cephus, just 24 and coming off an injury-shortened year, on the brink. It is possible that another team could make more use of its long-term gains as a reserve.

Accounts TE OJ Howard

The big man seemed a natural fit for the Bills’ heavy, high-octane offense when he signed a one-year deal with free agency, but the former Buccaneers first-rounder was curiously uninvolved and/or unspectacular during the preseason. Buffalo could try to sell Howard’s advantage in exchange for a late-round pick.

Bears LB Roquan Smith

The heart of Chicago’s defense, he requested a trade during camp, but was denied permission from the team to seek suitors. Looks like the All-Pro is wrecking ball still adaptable, hoping to land a bigger contract in 2023 free agency. But if an interested party comes up with a premium offer, the Bears will definitely listen.

Ravens S Chuck Clark

The six-year veteran has closed out the summer strongly, averting the hype for rookie Kyle Hamilton to take over safely. But Hamilton’s time will come, and with ex-Saint standout Marcus Williams also on board for big bucks, Baltimore could look to capitalize on Clark’s value as an all-round defender for his penultimate season under contract.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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