2022-11-02 · 6 min read · NFL/Football
Chase Claypool Chicago Bears and TJ Hockenson Minnesota Vikings

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Tuesday was the final opportunity for NFL teams to make moves to improve their roster in a push to the playoffs or sell off some valuable assets for the future.
There were some big splash moves in addition to on or twoe, which might be somewhat puzzling, but time will tell how each deal turns out.
Here is a recap of the top 10 trades of note on Tuesday with the teams involved and my analysis in no particular order.
Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions
Minnesota receives:
  • -TJ Hockenson
  • -2023 fourth-round pick
  • -2024 conditional fourth-round pick
Detroit receives:
  • -2023 second-round pick
  • -2024 third-round pick
The NFC North-leading Vikings are getting some reinforcements as part of this trade, with Minnesota acquiring a tight end who is an athletic pass catcher with solid blocking skills.
Chicago Bears- Pittsburgh Steelers
Chicago receives
  • Chase Claypool
Pittsburgh receives
  • 2023 second-round pick
This trade, to me, is a clear message that the Bears are buyers rather than sellers, something we didn’t anticipate when this season began.
Justin Fields has not had a solid receiver to throw the ball to, with the Bears relying heavily on the run to get by.
In Claypool, the Bears get a great pass catcher, who should help in the development of Fields, although the price of a second-round choice seemed a little steep to me, so time will tell what kind of an impact the Canadian will make in the Windy City.
Pittsburgh Steelers- Washington Commanders
Pittsburgh receives
  • William Jackson
  • Future late-round draft pick
Washington receives
  • Future late-round draft pick
Jackson wanted a fresh start, and that’s what he’ll get in the Steel City.
The former Commanders' corner has not featured since Week 5, having dealt with a back injury.
In his 2022 season, he has 16 tackles, two passes defended and one tackle for a loss.
For Pittsburgh, they get a solid cover man to bolster their secondary, which has yielded the second-most passing yards per game (277.3) in the NFL.
Miami Dolphins- Denver Broncos
Miami receives
  • Bradley Chubb
  • 2025 fifth-round pick
Denver receives
  • Chase Edmonds
  • 2023 first-round pick
  • 2024 fourth-round pick
Miami improved its offense tremendously over the offseason, and this midseason move was used to shore up its defensive unit.
The Dolphins have only held two opponents under 340 yards offensively this season, while they have the ninth-fewest amount of sacks.
Chubb should enable them to get more penetration along the line of scrimmage, with the pass rusher netting 5.5 sacks this year, along with 26 total pressures.
This move to me signals that Denver is not interested in paying first-round draft wages for Chubb anymore.
Edmonds gives them a dependable back, something the Broncos needed when Javonte Williams sustained a season-ending knee injury.
Jacksonville Jaguars-Atlanta Falcons
Jacksonville receives
  • Calvin Ridley
Atlanta receives
  • 2023 conditional fifth-round pick
  • 2024 conditional second-round pick
In one of the more curious moves, the Jaguars, who spent tons of money on receivers over the summer, are acquiring a veteran pass catcher who will not be available this season.
Calvin Ridley is currently suspended for betting on games last season and will not be eligible to return until 2023-24 at the earliest.
The Jags have a solid corps of receivers, but none can create the kind of separation that Ridley can do.
For Jacksonville, though, one has to wonder what Ridley’s mental well-being might be and what kind of toll such a long layoff would be.
Should Ridley be reinstated next season, the fifth-round selection next year for the Falcons would be a sixth-round choice, with Ridley eligible to petition his case to return on February 15 next year.
On the opposite side, Atlanta’s run-heavy offense has invested heavily in Drake London and Kyle Pitts, so the Falcons should receive some good value in this move while already possessing some receivers with a bright future.
Denver Broncos- New York Jets
Denver receives
  • Jacob Martin
  • 2024 fifth-round pick
New York receives
  • 2024 fourth-round pick
Martin will be tasked with filling the void left when the club dealt Bradley Chubb to Miami earlier on Tuesday, and he will be considerably cheaper.
He has eight tackles, plus 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble this season, and should be able to put some solid pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
With this move, Denver will add some help to Baron Browning in the pass-rushing game, as Martin and Browning are in the top 10 in the NFL regarding quarterback pressure rate (minimum 80 pass rushes).
Browning is fourth with a pass rush rate of 18.5%, while Martin has a rate of 16.7%, good for eighth in the league.
Buffalo Bills- Indianapolis Colts
Bills receive
  • Nyheim Hines
Colts receive
  • Zach Moss
  • 2023 conditional fifth-round pick
The Bills hope their long search for a pass-catching running back is over with the addition of Hines.
He is a shifty player who had 234 receptions and 1,725 yards with seven touchdowns in 72 games with the Colts, in addition to putting up 1,205 yards on the ground on 300 attempts with 10 major scores.
For the Colts, in Moss, they get an in-between-the-tackles runner behind Jonathan Taylor, who they hope can shoulder some of his workloads.
Atlanta Falcons- Kansas City Chiefs
Atlanta receives
  • Rashad Fenton
Kansas City receives
  • Conditional 2023 seventh-round pick
KC gains $1.24 million in cap space by moving Fenton, as they will soon welcome Trent McDuffie back from the injured reserve.
In Atlanta, they will receive a cover man who has started five games this season but has recently dealt with a hamstring injury.
Fenton has 24 tackles, and a pair of passes defended this year.
Buffalo Bills- Atlanta Falcons
Buffalo receives
  • Dean Marlowe
Atlanta receives
  • 2023 seventh-round pick
Marlowe is a familiar face to Buffalo fans as he suited up for them from 2017- 2021.
He mostly played on special teams in Atlanta; however, in his return to Buffalo, we could see him play some defensive snaps with Micah Hyde out and Jordan Poyer dealing with an elbow injury.
He (Marlowe) has 17 career starts in the NFL, played 26 games in Sean McDermott’s scheme at Buffalo and could fortify an uncertain safety spot for the Bills.
Miami Dolphins- San Francisco 49ers
Miami receives
  • Jeff Wilson
San Francisco receives
  • 2023 fifth-round pick
Mike McDaniel is reunited with Wilson in Miami as the Dolphins coach oversaw the running game in San Fran for five years.
Wilson has 468 yards rushing in eight games this season, a 5.1-yard average, and while he may not be renowned for his pass-catching ability, financially, it is not as costly as he is making slightly over $1 million, while Chase Edmonds was earning $2 million.
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