2022 NFL trade deadline takeaways: All the biggest moves, and how they impact Eagles

Here are takeaways and observations from the 2022 NFL trade deadline and how everything impacts the Philadelphia Eagles moving forward

The 2022 NFL Trade Deadline was the most active and historic day in league history, with 12 trades made on Tuesday leading up to the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Before Tuesday, two significant moves were already made after Carolina sent Christian McCaffery to San Francisco and Robert Quinn moved from Chicago to Philadelphia.

Blockbuster deals were made, with the Vikings looking to keep pace with the Eagles by going out and acquiring pass-catching tight end T.J. Hockenson from the Lions.

Here are takeaways and observations from the moves with notes on how it impacts Philadelphia moving forward.

Titans standing pat at trade deadline amounts to waving the white flag on 2022

Any chance the Titans had at making a run in the playoffs died upon the passing of the trade deadline on Tuesday, when the team made no moves.

The Tennessee Titans desperately needed to add some help to their offensive line and wide receivers rooms, but as the Nov. 1 trade deadline came and went at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the team was silent.

The Titans will not be adding to their biggest needs for the second half of the season and instead will keep things status quo. That means relying on terrible players to play better, injured players to get healthy, and players picked off the scrap heap to step up.

The problem with all that is there is nobody coming to save this team at left tackle, and the eventual returns of injured wideouts like Treylon Burks and Kyle Philips are hardly exciting given they weren’t doing much to begin with.

One reason the Titans likely didn’t make a move is their salary cap situation, which has them with just $2 million to spend, and in 2023 the Titans are in the red, according to Over the Cap.

Not an ideal situation for Tennessee, as their impressive 2019 draft class with the exception of Jeffery Simmons is hitting free agency in 2023, and he’ll likely get extended before hitting the market in 2024.

Of course, there are always ways to work around the salary cap if a team really wants to, but clearly the Titans don’t want to. They are intent on moving ahead with their soft rebuild.

What this all means is the Titans are simply letting it ride for 2022 and don’t plan on seriously contending for a title. After all, no team can contend with what Tennessee has going on on offense right now.

The Titans will still make the postseason because they simply suck the least out of the putrid AFC South teams, but their already paper-thin hopes of making a run in the playoffs ended at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.

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Robert Quinn contract details: How trade to Eagles from Bears impacts salary cap

The Philadelphia Eagles traded for defensive end Robert Quinn, and here are the details for his contract and how it will impact the franchise in the future.

The Eagles bolstered their pass rush on Wednesday with the acquisition of Chicago Bears defensive end, Robert Quinn, in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round pick.

After Derek Barnett suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Week 1, there’s been a dropoff in production after Brandon Graham and Josh Sweat at the position, and Quinn will absorb the snaps used by Patrick Johnson and Tarron Jackson.

He was released on Wednesday as well.

With the move now official, here’s how Quinn’s arrival will impact the Eagles.

Sports Illustrated suggests Titans trade for Browns’ Kareem Hunt

The Titans need to be focusing on wide receiver and offensive line ahead of the trade deadline, not running back.

With the Nov. 1 trade deadline rapidly approaching, experts from different media outlets have begun suggesting trades for teams, including the Tennessee Titans.

We previously covered Pro Football Focus’ Mike Renner suggesting the Titans trade for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool, which would make sense with Tennessee’s need at the position.

The only problem was that Renner had the Titans giving up a pair of Day 2 picks, which is far too much for Claypool, whose stock is at an all-time low.

Now, we turn to the trade suggestion from Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr, who wants to see the Titans trade for Cleveland Browns running back, Kareem Hunt. Here’s his take:

The Titans could outduel the Rams for Hunt, a versatile backfield threat who had a comfortable hold on the Browns’ passing-down role for a while. He’d be a capable checkdown option for Ryan Tannehill, whose running backs are second and third, respectively, on his target list. Hunt can add another big body to the backfield to help the Titans grind down opponents and bolster the play-action game for Tannehill.

While Hunt would be a great addition for any team in the NFL thanks to his versatility and playmaking ability, this trade would make no sense for Tennessee.

Granted, he doesn’t possess the talent Hunt does, but Dontrell Hilliard has done a good enough job as the team’s primary pass-catching back that the Titans don’t need to pull the trigger on this kind of trade.

Adding to that, Tennessee spent a 2022 draft pick on Hassan Haskins to help spell Derrick Henry, and Hunt would only be a rental, as he’s set to hit free agency in 2023, which is a reason why the Browns could move him.

If the Titans are going to give up assets to acquire a player ahead of the NFL trade deadline, they should be looking at two positions that are of much greater need in wide receiver and offensive line.

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Titans low on cap space ahead of NFL trade deadline

The Titans may need to free up some cap space if they want to make a trade.

With the NFL trade deadline getting closer by the day (Nov. 1) many within the Tennessee Titans’ fanbase are holding out hope that the team will make a move to improve the roster.

If the team does indeed have aspirations to make a deadline move, they’ll have to get creative with their salary cap.

According to Over the Cap, Tennessee currently has $1.59 million in cap space, the second-lowest total in the NFL. The Titans only rank ahead of the Minnesota Vikings.

Of course, if a team really wants to get something done, there’s always a way to manipulate the salary cap. If they were to go that route, the likeliest option for the Titans at this point of the season would be to restructure a contract or two.

Truthfully, it’s probably unlikely that any significant move is made prior to the November 1st trade deadline, but you can’t rule out anything until the date officially passes.

Nonetheless, where there’s a will, there’s always a way, and that’s no different here.

The real question is if there’s anyone realistically available who would be worth manipulating the salary cap for, ultimately leading to financial repercussions at some point in the near future.

It remains to be seen how all this plays out, but the entire fanbase will be watching closely in hopes that the team finds a way to bring in another competent body to help out one of their positions of need (wide receiver, offensive line).

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7 players Titans should target for trade ahead of deadline

Shaun Calderon lists seven players (and some honorable mentions) the Titans should target ahead of the trade deadline.

The November 1st NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching as fans of the Tennessee Titans and across the league scour their social media timelines in hopes that their team makes a significant addition to improve its roster.

The Titans may be winners of four straight games, but things have hardly been ideal. The team has struggled with consistency in multiple positions, most notably at wide receiver and offensive line.

This article is going to include seven players from across the league that the Titans should be interested in. At the very least, Tennessee should be calling about several of these players and gauging their availability, as well as their price tag.

Before we move on, we want to emphasize that these are purely speculative and there is no imminent trade on the horizon with any of these talented players.

With all that said, let’s take a closer look at the seven possible trade targets for the Tennessee Titans.

PFF suggests Titans trade for Steelers WR Chase Claypool

While the Titans should have interest in Claypool, the package PFF has them sending to Pittsburgh is too much.

The Tennessee Titans desperately need help in their wide receivers corps., and that’s true even after their injured wideouts return.

With the NFL trade deadline looming on Nov. 1, Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner laid out some trade scenarios for multiple teams, and in one of them he has the Titans acquiring wideout Chase Claypool from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Here’s what he had to say about the deal that has the Titans sending the Steelers two picks, including a 2023 second-rounder and 2024 third-rounder.

Claypool has reportedly been at the center of trade talks for the Steelers following their 2-5 start. He’s fallen out of favor a touch with the emergence of rookie George Pickens. With a year and a half left on his rookie contract, Claypool could still fetch a hefty deal on the open market.

At 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds, Claypool also fits the ethos of the Titans’ offense. He’s a big-bodied, big catch-radius receiver who can work the middle of the field while also stretching the field. That’s what Tennessee hoped Treylon Burks could be out the gate, but the rookie has taken a while to get going.

A 2020 second-round pick of the Steelers, Claypool posted an impressive rookie campaign in 2020, reeling in 62 catches for 873 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Notre Dame product then went on to tally 860 yards and two scores in 15 games last season. In 2022, Claypool is on pace to have the lowest production output of his career, as he’s on pace for 646 yards.

In Claypool’s defense, the Steelers have been a mess at quarterback — and on offense in general — pretty much since he came into the league.

Ben Roethelisberger was decent in 2020 but stunk in 2021, and the Steelers’ offense as a whole has been a disaster in 2022. Claypool isn’t blameless in all this, but it’s hard to blame his declining production totally on him.

As much as I would love the addition of a speedy, 6-foot-4, 238-pound receivers who is only 24 years old and has one more year left on his rookie deal after 2022, Renner’s package is just too much to give up.

After all, Claypool’s stock is likely at an all-time low, as he’s fallen to No. 3 in the wideout pecking order. That alone will limit the return Pittsburgh gets for him, although I could see a return of a third-round pick at most.

While there is no evidence the Titans are interested in such a trade, the team should be willing to part with a third-round pick if such a scenario for a high-upside player like Claypool presents itself.

Claypool is a big-bodied target who can be a threat in the red zone, and he can work the middle of the field as well as be a deep threat. He checks multiple boxes Tennessee needs to check.

If it costs a third-rounder, sign me up. This is exactly the kind of impact move Tennessee needs to make if it wants to compete for more than just a division crown.

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One player each NFL team could trade before the deadline, from Chase Claypool to Melvin Gordon

Ahead of the NFL trade deadline, here are some players who could be on the move, including Chase Claypool, Melvin Gordon and Elijah Moore.

The NFL’s trade deadline is fast approaching, and there have already been some players on the move. That includes the Carolina Panthers recently dealing running back Christian McCaffrey to the San Francisco 49ers and receiver Robbie Anderson to the Arizona Cardinals.

There are a number of contending teams that could be looking to shore up an area of weakness as they aim to make a postseason run. Not to mention, there are a number of struggling teams looking to sell some big-name players to acquire additional draft capital.

Ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline, let’s look at some other players who might be on the move, with one from every NFL team, as assembled by our NFL Wires staff.

Should Titans inquire about trade for Pats WR Kendrick Bourne?

The Titans should be looking to add a wide receiver ahead of the trade deadline and Kendrick Bourne could be available.

It’s no secret that the Tennessee Titans’ wide receivers room isn’t exactly a group of world-beaters at the moment.

This unit could use all the help it can get, especially with the recent loss of rookie wideout Treylon Burks, who is out at least three more games due to a turf toe injury.

Naturally, any competent receiver that’s rumored to be on the trading block is going to intrigue a large portion of this fanbase.

That’s exactly what happened when a ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that multiple teams have been inquiring about the availability of New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.

The New England pass-catcher has had a pedestrian campaign thus far, catching only 11 passes for 156 yards through the first six weeks of the season.

Bourne’s overall role within the offense is seemingly diminishing by the week. He has only been targeted once per game over the last two games, while also appearing in just six percent of the offense’s snaps in Week 6.

Also, according to the Sports Info Solutions data, the Eastern Washington Product is currently the fourth-most targeted wide receiver on his own team behind Jakobi Meyers, Devante Parker, and Nelson Agholor.

This is an extremely shocking development considering the Oregon native had a career year just a season ago. Bourne set and/or tied his career-highs in receptions (55), yards (800), and touchdowns (five) during his first season in New England.

It remains to be seen how serious the Patriots are about potentially moving on from Bourne. However, a deal seems realistically possible from the outside looking in, and the Titans should be interested.

The veteran wideout signed a reasonable three-year, $15 million deal with the Pats last offseason. However, he only has about a season and a half of that deal remaining.

The Titans would be on the hook for what’s left of Bourne’s $3.5 million 2022 base salary, and if things don’t work out, the Titans can get out of Bourne’s 2023 $4.75 million base salary with a $1.4 million dead cap charge.

The expected trade compensation is most likely going to be something equivalent to a mid-to-late-round pick(s). It should also be noted that Tennessee is already short of a fourth-round selection next spring.

Therefore, if they’re going to part ways with another mid-to-late-round pick, they have to do everything possible to make sure they make the most out of the trade, especially when the middle rounds seem to be where the team has the most success when it comes to identifying talent through the draft.

Should a move like this occur, it wouldn’t be the first time Jon Robinson makes a significant in-season move to help a deficient position group. Most recently back in 2020, the Titans exchanged a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Chargers for disgruntled cornerback Desmond King.

Before the deal, King’s name had been rumored in trade discussions, similarly to the way that Bourne’s name is being brought up now.

If the Titans decide to make a move for the sixth-year wideout, they have to make sure they’re confident in their ability to maximize his talents to the fullest potential.

These draft picks are more than one-year investments. You can’t be throwing them away out of desperation unless you’re completely sold on the player you’re getting and/or the potential value is way too good to pass up.

If Tennessee feels it has a legitimate present and future with Bourne, then by all means, the team should be doing everything possible to explore a fair trade for all parties involved.

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4 things to know about new Eagles CB Kary Vincent Jr.

His LSU pedigree is among 4 things to know about new Philadelphia Eagles Kary Vincent Jr.

The Eagles added another cornerback to the roster, sending a 2022 sixth-round pick to the Denver Broncos for reserve cornerback Kary Vincent Jr.

Philadelphia still has a boatload of 2021 draft picks and another young cornerback to pair with Tay Gowan.

Here are four things to know about Vincent Jr.