The clock is ticking closer to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, and things are starting to heat up.
On Tuesday, two deals went down in quick succession of one another involving notable names on the offensive side of the ball. The Pittsburgh Steelers sent wide receiver Chase Claypool to the Chicago Bears, while the Detroit Lions dealt tight end T.J. Hockenson to the Minnesota Vikings in an intra-division trade.
Prior to Tuesday, several notable players were traded. Christian McCaffrey moved out West and is already making noise in San Francisco, the Jets acquired James Robinson to help fill their void at running back, Kansas City added another playmaker in Kadarius Toney and the Eagles are all in on their Super Bowl pursuit after trading for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn. Those four players highlight the deals ahead of this year’s trade deadline.
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Will there be more trades before the time expires? Broncos edge rusher Bradley Chubb, Browns RB Kareem Hunt, Commanders CB William Jackson and Texans WR Brandin Cooks are some of the names possibly available. USA TODAY Sports reacts to the big trades leading up to the deadline in our up-to-the-minute live blog:
Chubb was the subject of trade rumors, and the Broncos decided to ship away their best pass rusher hours before the 4 p.m. ET deadline. The Dolphins sent a package that includes the 2023 first-round pick to Denver for Chubb.
The Dolphins rank near the bottom of the NFL in sacks, but the acquisition of Chubb strengthens the team’s pass-rushing attack. Chubb has 5.5 sacks this year. The Dolphins don’t have a player with over three sacks on the year.
Chubb has 170 tackles, 26 sacks and 58 QB hits in 49 career games.
Jackson was looking for a fresh start, and he’ll get it in Pittsburgh. The Steelers made a trade with the Commanders to acquire the cornerback.
Jackson signed a three-year deal with the Commanders as a free agent in 2021, but things didn’t work out in Washington. Tuesday’s deal bring Jackson back to the AFC North. He played his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The veteran cornerback has 205 tackles and five interceptions in 75 career games. He’ll likely be inserted into the Steelers starting lineup.
Claypool’s name began popping up in rumor circles prior to Week 8. The third-year wide receiver had a solid rookie season (11 total touches, 62 receptions) but he hasn’t been able to find the end zone much the past two seasons (two scores in 2021, one in 2022).
The Steelers offense, led by rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, still showed Claypool love, with 30 targets over the past four games. Yet with rookie receiver George Pickens and Diontae Johnson at the position, the Steelers were comfortable dealing him to Chicago for a 2023 second-round pick.
The Bears don’t have a true No. 1 wide receiver and second-year quarterback Justin Fields has shown promise in recent games. Claypool will be a target he’s not yet had in the NFL.
The Minnesota Vikings may have acquired the second-biggest offensive piece (behind McCaffrey to the 49ers) to move during the trade deadline. And it could strengthen their position atop the NFC North during a down year for the Packers.
The Vikings traded for tight end T.J. Hockenson from the Lions, in a unique trade between NFC North teams, according to NFL Network.
The Lions (1-6) appear to be sellers at the deadline, receiving a second-round pick in 2023 and a third-round pick in 2024 for Hockenson. Detroit also sent two fourth-round picks back to Minnesota in the deal.
The move gives the Vikings another offensive weapon for quarterback Kirk Cousins behind star receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook and quarterback Kirk Cousins.
The Washington Commanders have been actively shopping William Jackson III, but reportedly have a backup plan.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Washington is expected to release Jackson if it’s unable to trade the sixth-year cornerback. A back injury has limited Jackson to four games and 16 tackles this season. He signed a three-year, $40.5 million contract with the Commanders in 2021, and releasing him would result in $9 million in dead money on the cap for next season.
The Los Angeles Rams don’t have a first-round draft pick next season, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to trade future ones. According to Sports Illustrated, the Rams offered multiple first-round picks for Carolina Panthers edge rusher Brian Burns.
The Panthers are 2-6 and clearly rebuilding. Burns has five sacks this season, following two consecutive nine-sack campaigns. The Florida State product was the team’s first-round choice (19th overall) in the 2019 draft. — Chris Bumbaca
Last year, the Denver Broncos moved Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams a day before the deadline, a trade that impacted the Super Bowl three months later. Could Denver be the catalyst of another landscape-changing deal for a pass-rusher in 2022?
The player on the move this year would be Bradley Chubb. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Tuesday morning on “Get Up” that Chubb will be the next defensive star to sign a lucrative contract. If the Broncos don’t want to commit significant money, they could try and gain more draft picks, Schefter said. — Chris Bumbaca
Late Monday, ESPN reported Indianapolis Colts backup running back Nyheim Hines has received interest from teams. Pro Football Focus added that “two top teams” have shown the most intrigue for the back who can also return kicks and punts.
Behind Jonathan Taylor on the Indianapolis depth chart, Hines functions mostly as a third-down back who can provide a presence in the passing game. — Chris Bumbaca
Until 2012, the trade deadline was after Week 6. The league and players’ association agreed to move it until the Tuesday after Week 8 a decade ago, and the decision bred more activity and interest surrounding the deadline.
Since 2017, there have been at least two trades on deadline day. In the past week, five deals have been made – the same number of trades made within a week of the deadline last year. — Chris Bumbaca
The Ravens got one of the best inside linebackers a day before the trade deadline. Baltimore gave the Bears 2023 second- and fifth-round picks in exchange for Smith, per multiple reports.
Smith has a nose for the football and is one of the best tacklers in the NFL. His 83 tackles are an NFL-high entering Week 9. Smith will immediately slide in as a starting inside linebacker alongside Patrick Queen, creating one of the best and most athletic inside linebacker duos in the league. — Tyler Dragon
In his second game with the 49ers, McCaffrey became just the fourth player since the 1970 merger to have a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in a single game as the 49ers routed the Rams, 31-14, in Week 8. The 49ers acquired the versatile running back Oct. 20. — Tyler Dragon
Toney didn’t live up to expectations in New York in large part because he couldn’t stay healthy. A change in scenery might be just what the 2021 first-round pick needs. It’s going to be interesting to see how Andy Reid utilizes Toney’s skillset. Toney has run-after-the-catch ability. There’s talk that he’ll contribute as a returner right away. — Tyler Dragon
Quinn had two pressures and a QB hit in 20 snaps in his Philadelphia debut. The Eagles traded for the veteran pass rusher last week. — Tyler Dragon