This year has brought one of the wildest NFL offseasons in recent memory. As is usually the case, free agency was a flurry of rapid spending and colossal contracts. Where things got wacky was on the trade market.

The list of notable players who were dealt includes Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Deshaun Watson, Tyreek Hill, Khalil Mack, Davante Adams and Amari Cooper—and that was only the early offseason.

The trade market is far from closed, as the recent deal that sent Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers made clear. However, with teams set to open training camps—and many of them running low on cap space—predicting the next big trade is tricky.

Here, we'll examine five trades that may never materialize but just make sense heading into 2022. These are hypothetical deals that address needs, surpluses, contracts and cap situations and, most importantly, are logical for all parties involved. While these are theoretical trade proposals, we aren't diving into fantasy land here.

 

Jimmy Garoppolo to the Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Get: QB Jimmy Garoppolo

49ers Get: 2023 conditional fifth-round pick

Would the San Francisco 49ers really trade their former starting quarterback to a division rival? Perhaps not. However, with Mayfield now in Carolina, the 49ers are running out of potential trade partners.

The Seattle Seahawks, meanwhile, are running out of veteran alternatives to Drew Lock and Geno Smith, and unless Seattle is eying a full-on tank job in 2022, it should be scrambling for them.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Seahawks have done their "film work" on Jimmy G.

Would Garoppolo be Seattle's long-term replacement in the post-Russell Wilson era? Not necessarily, but he would at least give the team an above-average starter with which to evaluate its roster moving forward.

Obtaining Garoppolo isn't likely to be expensive, as San Francisco will be happy to get out from under his $24.2 million base salary. As Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk recently pointed out, carrying Garoppolo as insurance behind Trey Lance has risks:

"Once he passes a physical, he has no guaranteed pay unless he's on the Week 1 active roster. If, however, he ends up suffering a season-ending injury in training camp or the preseason, the team will be on the hook for his full pay."

Seattle, which has $15.9 million in cap space, couldn't take on all of Garoppolo's contract. In this scenario, the Seahawks give up a 2023 Day 3 pick—a higher price than Carolina paid for Mayfield—while taking on a large chunk of his 2022 salary.

The Seahawks get an upgrade at quarterback, while the 49ers minimize their financial risk and get a little something in return. The two franchises may not like each other, but this would be a smart business decision on both sides.

 

Kareem Hunt to the Los Angeles Rams

Rams Get: RB Kareem Hunt

Browns Get: 2023 third-round pick

The Los Angeles Rams will be looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and they have enough talent on the roster to make a run. However, Los Angeles' backfield is one of the worst in the NFL and could use a boost heading into Week 1.

The problem for L.A. is that Sony Michel is gone while both Darrell Henderson Jr. and Cam Akers are coming off of injury-hampered seasons.

Akers (Achilles) and Henderson (MCL) were both woefully ineffective during the postseason, averaging 2.6 and 1.8 yards per carry, respectively. The Rams used a fifth-round pick on Kyren Williams, but the 5'9" and 194-pound Notre Dame product is undersized and unproven.

In short, the Rams don't have a proven bell-cow back on their roster. Cleveland Browns backup Kareem Hunt, who led the league in rushing as a rookie in 2017, has shown that he can be exactly that.