The 2022 NFL preseason has officially begun, the first in a series of contests that will be critical toward determining depth chart orders and roster spots for every team.
Many clubs still have holes to patch in the remaining weeks before the regular season kicks off. Others will be looking to clear positional logjams or offload disappointing talents who no longer have a role with the team. Cap space could be a factor in some roster decisions as well.
These situations will naturally lead to trades. While there may not be many blockbuster deals left in the pipeline, there could be plenty of transactions involving early-round draft busts looking for a fresh start or intriguing talents buried on depth charts who will get a chance to shine elsewhere.
With that in mind, here’s a look at one player each team should put on the block this preseason.
Arizona Cardinals: WR Andy Isabella
Andy Isabella hasn’t lived up to expectations during his first three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
After the receiver was almost completely phased out of the offense last year—he saw just 30 snaps and caught a single pass—it’s clearly time to move on from the 2019 second-rounder.
Isabella’s agent confirmed that Arizona granted his client permission to seek a trade in March. The club also reportedly attempted to shop the wideout around ahead of the 2022 draft to no avail.
While there hasn’t been much interest in the 25-year-old’s services, that could change during the preseason as teams seek to bolster receiving corps that have suffered injuries and poor play. Isabella offers upside as an athletic slot receiver who ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine.
He may not have found a role with the Cardinals, but there’s still a chance he could catch on and be a contributor in another system that desperately needs a speedy playmaker.
Atlanta Falcons: LB Deion Jones
Deion Jones has been considered a trade candidate ever since the Atlanta Falcons made it readily apparent that they were entering a rebuilding stage.
The linebacker is coming off an impressive campaign in which he racked up 137 tackles—one off his career high—and recorded six pass defenses and a pair of sacks.
Outside of an injury-plagued 2018 season, Jones has been largely healthy throughout his career and has established himself as an excellent coverage linebacker.
Despite his talents, the 27-year-old may be best served as a trading chip for the Falcons.
Dealing Jones—who has two seasons left on a four-year, $57 million contract—could save up to $14.7 million in 2022 alone. The Falcons also added Rashaan Evans, Nick Kwiatkoski and rookie Troy Andersen this offseason, giving them depth in their linebacking corps.
Jones may be one of Atlanta’s best players when healthy, but he offers potential to return some much-needed draft capital to a franchise that still seems a few years away from contending again.