5 Player’s On The Trade Block For The 2023 NFL Offseason
Written by: Joe Kwan
Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans)
The Tennessee Titans seem to have reached their peak with Ryan Tannehill as their quarterback. While he helped the team win 23 games during the 20’ and ’21 campaigns, he came back down to earth due to struggles this year with injuries.
The 34-year-old Tannehill went just 6-6 in his starts, including four straight losses in his final four games, before ankle injuries cut his season short. The Titans went from a seemingly surefire AFC South champion to not even making a wild-card appearance and have begun cleaning house in wake of their disappointing season.
While Tennessee could designate Tannehill as a post-June 1 release and save around $27 million, it will likely try to dangle the 10-year pro as trade bait first
Brandin Cooks (Houston Texans)
Brandin Cooks has been traded three times throughout his nine-year career, but someone of his talent should not be buried under the rug while playing for one of the league’s worst teams in recent years.
The 29-year-old wideout has been in Houston since 2020. In his first season, he logged 81 catches for 1,150 yards and six touchdowns. The Texans went 4-12. In 2021, he hauled in 90 receptions for 1,037 yards and six touchdowns. The Texans went 4-13.
It’s only gotten worse in 2022. In 12 games played, he has 52 catches, 593 yards and two touchdowns. The Texans were 3-13-1. Davis Mills is just not the quarterback who will optimize anyone, and Cooks’ talent can definitely be utilised to its full extent with an elite QB.
Chuck Clark (Baltimore Ravens)
While many players are on this list for financial and performance motives, Baltimore Ravens safety Chuck Clark is a trade chip for an entirely different reason.
Baltimore has 2022 first-round pick Kyle Hamilton waiting behind Clark at strong safety. With free-agent addition Marcus Williams also at safety—though he’s had an injury plagued season, he’s definitely someone who Baltimore is excited about in the future.
If so, he would be a prime trade candidate for Baltimore. He’s scheduled to be a free agent in 2024 and has played well this season. The 27-year-old has played 100 percent of the defensive snaps and has racked up 63 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Still, young, starting-caliber safeties don’t hit the trade block often and Baltimore should be able to get a decent return if it wants to roll with Williams and Hamilton as its 2023 starting duo.
With a modest 2023 cap hit of 6.3 million the Ravens should have no shortage of takers if it makes Clark available.
Cam Jordan (New Orleans Saints)
The mediocrity of the NFC South is allowing four non-playoff-quality teams to stay in the hunt. From that group, defensive end Cameron Jordan stands out given the Saints’ cap issues.
Jordan, 33, is carrying a heavy load of the Saints’ financial cap that could entice the franchise to move on for potential draft picks. How much do the Saints want to keep him around given their inability to contend for titles in present time?
The last few seasons have seen big names like Von Miller, Robert Quinn and Bradley Chubb find new homes to help title contenders. Maybe Jordan, who logged 12.5 sacks last season and has 8.5 in 2022, is next in line.
Derek Carr ( Las Vegas Raiders)
It appears that the Derek Carr era is over for the Las Vegas Raiders.
After he was informed that he would be benched for the Week 17 matchup with the 49ers in favor of backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham, Carr reportedly elected to walk away from the team and was deactivated.
Carr had arguably his worst season in 2022 as a professional. The 31-year-old completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 3,522 yards and 24 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. The Raiders went 6–9 in their 15 starts, including losing four of their first five games to start the year.
It was an especially poor performance considering the team had invested so much in providing them with a top-flight wideout in Davante Adams. Adams put together a strong season after Las Vegas brought the superstar to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for first and second round picks, but his quarterback struggled to be consistent offensively.
While McDaniel said Carr was supportive of the decision, it is unlikely the quarterback will last until 2023 after he decided to walk away from the team.
It should come as no surprise that NFL insider Ian Rapoport’s sources tell him the Raiders will try to make an offer to the three-time Pro Bowler this offseason.
Unless Vegas retains a decent portion of his salary, it may be difficult to find Carr’s massive contract taker. The nine-year pro signed a three-year, $121.5 million extension in April and remains under contract through the 2025 campaign. Although the Raiders could release him after June 1 to save $33 million.
Still, Carr is a serviceable, experienced signal-caller who can come back with a change of scenery. With several teams in dire need of a quarterback heading into 2023, the veteran could see a major uptick in interest after April’s draft.