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3 NFL Trades We Wished Happened At The Deadline

  • Justin Melo
  • November 3, 2022
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The NFL witnessed a flurry of activity during Tuesday’s trade deadline. A historic 10 trades were completed on Tuesday alone. Several franchises improved their rosters ahead of their hopeful postseason appearances. Among the biggest NFL trades of the day, was Bradley Chubb being sent to the Miami Dolphins. Calvin Ridley and T.J. Hockenson were also among the players moving area codes.

But what about the NFL trades that weren’t made? Although several franchises flashed an increased willingness to become uber-aggressive, there were others that became passive at the deadline hour. With the deadline officially in our rearview mirrors, we’ve swiftly identified three trade agreements we wish had occurred.


The Packers were heavily linked with Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy throughout the process. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst entered deadline day with a clear need at receiver. Much to the dismay of his passionate fan base, Gutenkunst ultimately stood pat.

The Packers held discussions with Broncos general manager George Paton but were unwilling to match Denver’s asking price, which was said to include a second-round selection, according to multiple reports. If true, Gutekunst has done his win-now-or-bust Packers a disservice. A second-round pick was the asking price around the league for a difference-making receiver. Green Bay’s arch-rival Chicago Bears acquired Chase Claypool under the same terms.

Jeudy would have transformed Green Bay’s lackluster pass-catching corps. Jeudy remains on an affordable rookie contract through the 2023 campaign, with the fifth-year option available for 2024. Gutekunst was simply unwilling to close the deal.


Carolina Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer stayed true to his word. The Panthers weren’t interested in moving superstar pass rusher Brian Burns at the deadline. In fact, Fitterer allegedly rejected an especially tempting offer from the Super Bowl defending champion Los Angeles Rams. 

Rams general manager Les Snead reportedly offered the Panthers two future first-round selections in exchange for Burns’ services. It’s easy to understand why the Rams pursued Burns so aggressively. Firstly, Snead has built his Rams on the notion of swapping draft selections for proven NFL talent. Secondly, the Rams have recorded just 15.0 sacks through seven contests.

Burns would have flawlessly slotted into a Rams defensive line that features Canton-bound Aaron Donald. The Panthers weren’t interested in moving a defensive cornerstone. The Rams must patiently wait until the offseason to add a difference-making quarterback hunter. Meanwhile, Burns remains a part of Carolina’s daunting and lengthy rebuild.


The Buffalo Bills were linked to ex-Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey before he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Bills general manager Brandon Beane recently confirmed he held discussions centered around McCaffrey via a candid and excellent answer during one of his press conferences. The Bills didn’t engage in talks for Saints running back Alvin Kamara, but that’s one metaphorical deal that would have flipped the league on its head.

Beane and the Bills ultimately went in a different direction on deadline day, acquiring the more affordable Nyheim Hines in exchange for draft compensation and Zack Moss. Hines is a dual-threat back that will make an impact on Buffalo’s already high-octane offense, but acquiring Kamara would have elevated Buffalo to another stratosphere. Kamara would have immediately supplanted Devin Singletary in Sean McDermott’s starting lineup.