Trade chatter is constant since NFL general managers are always checking in with other teams to gauge interest in players—either their own or the other squad's.
The desire to improve one's squads never stops. So, file the following under, "It doesn't hurt to ask."
Each team has improvements or moves it should try to make. The willingness doesn't mean a deal will be completed. But general managers should make an offer to see what may come of what could be nothing more than a harmless conversation.
To be clear, each offer presented is based on each franchise's best interests. One team looking for a premier player believed to be on the trade block isn't the same as his original squad keeping said individual to further its own standing.
Moves can be made for the right price, though the majority of movement before the regular season begins will likely be smaller, bottom-of-the-roster deals. The potential still exists for a few headline-grabbing trades based on how situations develop across the league.
Trade LB Jordan Hicks to New Orleans Saints
Quality depth is always positive, but the Arizona Cardinals already made their decision at linebacker when general manager Steve Keim chose Zaven Collins with the No. 16 pick in this year's draft. Collins and last year's first-round selection, Isaiah Simmons, will man the team's second line of defense.
As a result, Jordan Hicks, who led the team or tied for the lead in total tackles each of the past two seasons, is now the odd man out and searching for a new squad since Arizona already granted him the ability to seek a trade, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
By moving Hicks, the Cardinals can save nearly $3 million and add an extra draft asset. The Saints, meanwhile, want to improve at linebacker and recently brought in Kwon Alexander for a visit, according to Adam Schefter.
Propose trade for Las Vegas Raiders Edge Carl Nassib
The Atlanta Falcons' pass-rush became a significant disappointment last season. The organization signed Dante Fowler Jr. to a three-year, $45 million free-agent contract a year ago. The edge-defender managed a meager three sacks. As a whole, the Falcons defense ranked in the league's bottom 10 with only 29 total sacks.
Atlanta did little to nothing to address the problem this offseason. The hope is Fowler reemerges as a consistent presence. But the new coaching staff needs more.
The Las Vegas Raiders are deep at defensive end. Currently, the Raiders have Yannick Ngakoue, Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby, Carl Nassib and third-round rookie Malcolm Koonce. Nassib could very well be the odd man out depending on how many edge-rushers the team chooses to keep. The Falcons could be fortunate and land a starter depending on Las Vegas' decision.
Propose trade for Green Bay Packers Edge Preston Smith
The Packers don't have to move on from Smith if the team chooses to keep its current defensive unit intact as it prepares for another season with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.
However, Green Bay may consider the possibility of moving Smith for two reasons. First, his departure would create increased opportunities for Rashan Gary. The 2019 first-round pick looks great as training camp begins. Second, Smith's value decreases based on his contractual status. Gary's continued growth may make Smith's $8.7 million salary-cap charge extraneous, especially after a disappointing four-sack campaign.
The Baltimore Ravens' pass-rush could use more help, though.
Pernell McPhee and Tyus Bowser will take on featured roles, while this year's first-round pick—Penn State's Odafe Oweh—is a work in progress. Smith would immediately become the best edge defender on Baltimore's roster.