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3 NFL Trades We Want To See Before Regular Season

  • Justin Melo
  • August 31, 2022
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NFL general managers trimmed their rosters to 53 on Tuesday afternoon but it doesn’t indicate the flurry of activity has reached its end. Transactions will continue to run rampant as teams comb through the waiver wire for backend roster upgrades. Practice squads will begin taking shape shortly. Several trades have also occurred. Most notably, the New Orleans Saints traded disgruntled safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Several veterans who made initial 53-man rosters contain questionable futures. Every franchise in the NFL will continue addressing particular positions of need. We’ve identified three veteran trade scenarios that make sense for all parties involved before Week 1 marks its merciless arrival.


Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims officially requested a trade late last week via a statement released by his professional representation. Mims later put forth a strong showing in the Jets’ preseason finale, totaling a team-high seven receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. Mims’ performance strengthened the likelihood of a potential suitor revealing itself.

The former No. 59 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, Mims made the Jets’ initial 53-man roster on Tuesday, but his request for a change of scenery likely remains in play. Mims was an afterthought in the Jets offense last year and general manager Joe Douglas has added more weapons to the group this offseason.

The Chicago Bears possess a clear need at receiver that’s gone largely ignored this offseason. Franchise quarterback Justin Fields deserves more weapons on the boundary. It’s not too late for Bears General Manager Ryan Poles to address the position. Mims could push for immediate snaps opposite Darnell Mooney in Chicago.


The Steelers have received multiple trade calls on Mason Rudolph, but have been reluctant to deal him, according to reports. The market for Rudolph will likely continue to heat up in the coming days and a trade can’t be completely ruled out. The Detroit Lions had previously been linked to Rudolph, but they signed veteran quarterback Nate Sudfeld on Wednesday. The Steelers are carrying all three quarterbacks on their initial 53-man roster, but doing so isn’t the most effective way to construct a roster.

With the Lions now presumably satisfied with their backup quarterback situation, the Dallas Cowboys could emerge as a potential suitor for Rudolph. The Cowboys released all three quarterbacks that were in contention to back up Dak Prescott (Cooper Rush, Will Grier, and Ben DiNucci). Prescott is currently the lone signal-caller on Dallas’ 53-man roster. The Cowboys will add another quarterback shortly. Rudolph would be much better off serving as Dallas’ No. 2 than he is playing third fiddle to Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett in Pittsburgh.


Damien Harris‘ name has consistently appeared in trade rumors this summer. It’s easy to understand why. Harris is entering the final year of his contract and Bill Belichick rarely pays above market average to retain his homegrown talents. Belichick particularly views running backs as replaceable commodities, and Rhamondre Stevenson appears ready to take on a larger workload in New England’s crowded backfield.

There are several obvious connections between Harris and the Raiders. New Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels spent ample time alongside Harris in New England before teaming up to lead the Raiders franchise. The Raiders have shown a willingness to revamp their running back room this offseason. Ziegler didn’t hesitate to release Kenyan Drake. Josh Jacobs also played extensively throughout the preseason. Indications are the Raiders aren’t particularly high on Jacobs. Harris could come in and start right away for the Raiders.

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