We’ve now seen two blockbuster NFL trades take place around the football world during the young offseason and the new league year is not starting for a few weeks. That now includes the Indianapolis Colts acquiring Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles for two draft picks.
The details of the Wentz trade are interesting. They include the Eagles receiving a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and a conditional second-round pick in 2022, the latter of which could turn into a first-round selection.
It’s now rather clear that quarterbacks are going to be on the move this offseason at a clip we’ve never seen before. Could Deshaun Watson be the next to go? Perhaps, Jimmy Garoppolo is moved here soon. With that in mind, let’s look at five blockbuster NFL trades that could happen after the Wentz deal.
Chandler Jones traded to the Las Vegas Raiders
There’s been some talk that the Arizona Cardinals might be forced to release Jones due to their cap situation. He’s set to count $20.83 million against the cap in 2021 — the final year of his contract. Arizona would save $15.5 million by moving off the 30-year-old Jones after he missed all but five games to injuries last season.
With that said, there’s every reason to believe Arizona can get something for the three-time Pro Bowler should the team decide to move on from him. From 2017-19, he was legitimately the best edge rusher in the game. The former New England Patriots first-round pick recorded 77 quarterback hits, 52 tackles for loss, 49 sacks and 13 forced fumbles during that span. Talk about a dominating performance.
Look for the Raiders to show interest should Jones be placed on the trade block. Jon Gruden has been in the market for pass-rush help since shockingly moving Khalil Mack. Maxx Crosby led the team with a mere seven sacks a season ago. Major struggles getting to the quarterback largely contributed in the Raiders giving up 30 points per game.
New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins pull off surprising trade
With Carson Wentz and Matthew Stafford now off the market, options are dwindling for the Patriots at quarterback. They weren’t heavily linked to either quarterback. However, Bill Belichick and Co. need to find a long-term option following the disastrous one-year stint of Cam Newton.