2022 Trade Deadline Deal Reactions
Which Team's helped themselves for the 2022 Season?
EDGE Bradley Chubb to Dolphins
Compensation: 2023 1st-Round pick, a 2024 4th-Round pick, RB Chase Edmonds
Chubb’s time in Denver was marked by a lot of meh from the fanbase. Injuries left the team scratching to try and get Chubb to his rookie production level of 13 sacks on 57 pressures. Von Miller’s departure via trade in mid-2021 left Chubb staring at the primary passrusher role that he hasn’t been able to live up to. Now he’ll pair with young Jaelan Phillips as starters and other AFC West snowbirds Melvin Ingram and Emmanuel Ogbah in a four-man rotation. Miami is excepted to give him a long-term extension. The Broncos did include a 2025 5th-Round pick in the deal as well.
WR Chase Claypool to Bears
Compensation: 2023 Original 2nd Round Pick
On its face, this is a good move for the Bears to get a young, controlled player for Justin Fields to grow with. Claypool is immensely talented and just didn’t fit into a boring Matt Canada offense in Pittsburgh. The compensation is my only hesitation. I don’t think Claypool was worth a high second, which I expect the Bears pick to be, but looking at the bigger picture, Claypool fits with the style of offense the Bears want to run. More run game oriented, both running back and quarterback, and build a deep play action game. Claypool can help there.
TE TJ Hockenson to Vikings
Compensation: 2023 4th Round Pick + 2024 conditional 4th-Round Pick
It’s rare to see an inter-division trade, but the Vikings were able to pull Hockenson from the Lions’ grip. He will be in a position to help the Vikings if they continue his top-5 season. Hockenson leads NFL Tight Ends with 15.2 yards per reception (minimum 12 targets). Adding him to the Justin Jefferson / Adam Thielen passing offense should dramatically boost the production over what Irv Smith may have been able to achieve this season. The Vikings, a good team, made themselves better today. The Lions have already exercised his 5th-year option and will cost $9.39M in 2023, but he sits at just 600K in salary for the remainder of 2022. (contract details via Spotrac)
LB Roquan Smith to Ravens
Compensation: 2023 2nd Round pick + 2023 5th-Round pick
I know the Ravens have a need at the linebacker position, but they have put themselves in a predicament with Lamar next season looking to get extended, and now Roquan Smith, who is also looking for a market-setting payday. Sinking a second-round pick into an off-ball LB that is also going to need an extension doesn’t make much sense to me, personally. It’s not like they are a linebacker away, so they view the second-round pick as a means to win a Super Bowl. Did I mention neither of the players mentioned above have agents? It’s going to be a sticky off-season in Baltimore.
WR Calvin Ridley (suspended) to Jaguars
Compensation: Conditional 2023 5th-Round pick and a 2024 2nd-Round pick
Controversy aside, the talent is there to help Trevor Lawrence. That is the goal. The only goal.
Edge Robert Quinn to Eagles
Compensation: 2023 fourth-round pick
Does Robert Quinn have enough left to help propel the Eagles to the NFC Championship Game or beyond? Howie Roseman hopes so, but that hope is thin. After a 2021 season of 18 and 47 (sacks and pressures), Quinn has only been able to produce 1 sack on 18 pressures in half of the follow-up campaign. Rotating with Josh Sweat, Haason Reddick and Brandon Graham should help milk the last ounces of production from Quinn in 2022.