NFL Trade Grades





I've listed all of the NFL Free Agent Signing Grades here, which included the trades. Because I've begun posting polls for the trades, I thought it would make sense to list just the NFL trades here, so archiving the voting would be easier.

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Vikings acquire WR Jalen Reagor from Eagles for 2023 7th-round pick, conditional 2024 4th-round pick
Everyone though the Eagles would select Justin Jefferson with the 21st-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They picked Jalen Reagor instead, and the rest is history. Jefferson has emerged as one of the best receivers in the NFL, while Reagor has been a colossal bust.

I was shocked that Reagor survived final cuts, but the Vikings apparently were not because they surrendered draft capital for him. I love this move for the Eagles because they easily could have released Reagor, so getting something for him is nice. The fourth-round pick in 2024 could be downgraded to a fifth-round choice, but it's still a sweet deal for Philadelphia to salvage something for Reagor.

I don't hate this trade for the Vikings either. They're buying Reagor at an all-time low, and they need a future replacement for Adam Thielen. Reagor has been a miserable player in the NFL thus far, but he still has talent, so perhaps Minnesota could develop him into a functional player.

Grade for Vikings - B
Grade for Eagles - A

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Eagles acquire S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, 2025 7th-round pick from Saints for 2023 5th-round pick, 2024 6th-round pick
It's my opinion that if you remove all the quarterbacks from every team in the NFC, the Eagles would be ranked as having the best roster in the conference. The one hole was at safety, but that's no longer the case in the wake of this trade.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is a talented defensive back with tons of upside because he's only 24. He's also extremely versatile; he can play anywhere in the secondary, though he's best at safety or in the slot. The Eagles will use him in those positions in a Malcolm Jenkins-type role, and he'll serve as a big upgrade. The sixth- and seventh-round picks are a swap, so this is really only for a fifth-round choice, which seems like a great deal.

As for the Saints, they've endured salary cap issues, so they couldn't agree to terms with Gardner-Johnson. It makes sense for them to obtain something for him, but they are the losers of this trade.

Grade for Eagles - A
Grade for Saints - C+

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Cardinals acquire G Cody Ford from Bills for conditional 2023 5th-round pick
Cody Ford didn't quite pan out for the Bills. He was chosen in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but barely played last year. He struggled mightily when on the field, forcing Buffalo to upgrade guard this offseason.

With that in mind, I'm shocked the Cardinals surrendered a fifth-round choice for Ford. Ford is still young (25) and can play guard and right tackle, but he hasn't shown any signs that he can be a quality starting offensive lineman in the NFL. If I had to guess the compensation for Ford, I would have gone with what the Vikings dealt to the Raiders for Nick Mullens: a conditional seventh-round pick.

I'm not going to completely fail Arizona because the team needs offensive line help, and Ford's career could still be salvaged, but there's no doubt that the Bills won this trade.

Grade for Cardinals - D
Grade for Bills - A

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Vikings acquire QB Nick Mullens from Raiders for conditional 2024 7th-round pick
The Vikings' backup quarterbacks have struggled this preseason. Sean Mannion doesn't appear to be an NFL-caliber quarterback, while Kellen Mond made some glaring mistakes this past weekend. As I wrote on the preseason recaps page, "[Mond] has some great tools, but is incredibly raw."

It makes sense for Minnesota to acquire a capable No. 2 signal-caller. Nick Mullens is limited in what he can do, but he can hold down the fort for a few games in the wake of a Kirk Cousins injury. It's not really costing Minnesota anything to acquire him, so I like this move for them.

As for the Raiders, they had two quality reserves behind Derek Carr, so they could afford to trade one of them. Jarrett Stidham is probably worse overall than Mullens, but there's not much of a difference between the two. I think this is an even trade for both sides. The only loser in this deal, because Mannion and Mond, is Mullens, who will now have to spend his winters in Minneapolis rather than Las Vegas.

Grade for Vikings - B+
Grade for Raiders - B+

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Bears acquire WR N'Keal Harry from Patriots for 2024 7th-round pick
To say that N'Keal Harry hasn't lived up to his draft status is a severe understatement. He was chosen with the final pick in the opening round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and yet his career-high numbers through three seasons are 33 catches, 309 yards and two touchdowns. Harry's primary issue has been his inability to separate.

I have no faith in Harry, and it's telling that Bill Belichick doesn't either. Belichick's stance on Harry should tell the Bears everything they need to know about the former Arizona State product, but they don't have anything at receiver outside of Darnell Mooney. I understand why they'd take a chance on Harry, though he'll contribute very little. The Patriots, meanwhile, at least got something for Harry when they were almost certain to cut him.

Grade for Bears - C-
Grade for Patriots - B

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Panthers acquire QB Baker Mayfield from Browns for 2024 conditional 5th-round pick
It was only a matter of time before Baker Mayfield was moved to the Panthers, Seahawks or Lions. The Browns signed Deshaun Watson to a mega deal, so they angered their former quarterback, losing all leverage with him in the process. The only question was whether Mayfield would be traded or cut.

The Panthers traded for Mayfield, giving up just a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2024 NFL Draft. Of course, the main concern is Mayfield's contract, which is the primary reason Cleveland received so little in return. The Panthers didn't want to fully pay Mayfield's contract, and understandably so. They will not be doing that, as the Browns and Panthers have agreed to split the finances.

This is an enormous deal for the Panthers, who automatically become a Super Bowl contender in the wake of this trade. Mayfield struggled last year, but only because he suffered two shoulder injuries in a span of four weeks. Mayfield will rebound to 2020 levels, especially with Carolina's superior supporting cast. The Panthers did a great job of bolstering their offensive line this offseason, and they'll have Christian McCaffrey returning from injury as well. Sam Darnold was holding the team back, so Mayfield will be a huge upgrade.

As for the Browns, they can't be graded highly at all. It made sense for them to trade Mayfield, but only because of other blunders they made along the way. As mentioned earlier, they had no leverage. They've gotten almost nothing for their franchise quarterback, and they have to foot half the bill.

Grade for Panthers - A+
Grade for Browns - D-

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Falcons acquire WR Bryan Edwards, 7th-round pick from Raiders for 5th-round pick
Bryan Edwards seems to be one of those players who always looks good in training camp or preseason games, and yet never does anything in real action. He caught 34 passes in 2021 after logging 15 receptions the prior season. With Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow and Demarcus Robinson all in front of Edwards, there was no room for him on the roster, so this trade makes sense for the Raiders.

I like this move a bit less for the Falcons, but Edwards has potential. He won't even be 24 until November, so perhaps he'll finally live up to expectations. Atlanta has nothing at receiver outside of Drake London, so it's worth it for them to take a gamble on Edwards.

Grade for Falcons - B
Grade for Raiders - B+

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Raiders acquire QB Jarrett Stidham, 7th-round pick from Patriots for 6th-round pick
At one point, Jarrett Stidham seemed like the logical successor to Tom Brady. Stidham performed very well at times during training camp and preseason of his rookie year, but that didn't last very long. Bill Belichick quickly grew frustrated with him, prompting the Mac Jones selection. Stidham was further demoted when Belichick used a mid-round pick this April on Bailey Zappe. Stidham suddenly was a long shot to make the roster.

Thus, it makes sense for the Patriots to trade Stidham. Getting anything for him is a plus, although swaps of sixth- and seventh-round choices are mostly inconsequential.

The Raiders are barely giving up anything for Stidham. He may not make the Raiders' roster either - Nick Mullens is a better backup - but Stidham may have an edge because he knows Josh McDaniels' system. Plus, the Raiders didn't have a young quarterback to groom behind the 31-year-old Derek Carr, so it makes sense to add some competition.

Grade for Raiders - B
Grade for Patriots - B

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Chiefs acquire S/CB Lonnie Johnson from Texans for conditional 2024 7th-round pick
We're all expecting Deebo Samuel and Baker Mayfield trades any day now. Instead, we got this. To say that Lonnie Johnson has struggled thus far in his career is an understatement. Frequently torched, Johnson doesn't appear as though he'll be in the pros for much longer. He was a second-round pick in 2019, but has played like a UDFA thus far.

Johnson is still 26, however, so perhaps the Chiefs will be able to turn him into a half-decent backup. This 2024 seventh-round pick they're potentially surrendering is conditional, after all, so they may not relinquish anything. Johnson's worth a shot as someone who was once seen as having potential. The Texans were probably going to cut Johnson after adding two defensive backs in the 2022 NFL Draft, so potentially getting something for him makes sense.

Grade for Chiefs - B-
Grade for Texans - B-

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Saints acquire two 1st-round picks (16, 19) and 6th-round pick (194) from Eagles for 1st-round pick (18), 3rd-round pick (101), 7th-round pick (237), 2023 1st-round pick, 2024 2nd-round pick
For the second year in a row, the Eagles made a blockbuster trade prior to the draft to acquire more draft capital in the future. They obtained a future first-round pick for moving down from No. 6 to 12, and they've done so yet again, receiving a first-rounder from the Saints in the 2023 NFL Draft for giving up one of their three opening-round choices.

This is a great trade for the Eagles for two reasons. One, the 2022 NFL Draft class is underwhelming. As Charlie Campbell reported during the Senior Bowl, "In speaking to scouts from around the league, this year's draft lacks clear-cut high-end talent for the first round. Scouts do not have prospects graded out as high as those in last year's elite group like Kyle Pitts, Ja'Marr Chase and Penei Sewell."

The Eagles were not going to obtain anything resembling a blue-chip prospect; even if they traded up into the top 10. Thus, it makes more sense to obtain draft capital for next year. The 2023 NFL Draft class is packed with more talent, especially at quarterback. The Eagles might even be in a position to land one of the top signal-callers next April. Check out my 2023 NFL Mock Draft for more info.

The second reason why I love this move for Philadelphia is that the Saints' draft choice could be very high. New Orleans is not a good team by any means. It has the potential to reach the playoffs, but that is New Orleans' ceiling. Its floor, now that both Drew Brees and Sean Payton are gone, is probably a 4-13 record. The Eagles may have just obtained the fifth- or sixth-overall choice in a much better draft class. Plus, they also get two extra second-round choices!

As for the Saints, I have no idea what they're doing. With the consensus being that this draft class is weak, why would they want more picks this April? Also, giving away their first-rounder, when it could be used on a potential franchise quarterback, could cripple the franchise. I don't understand New Orleans' plan at all.

Grade for Saints - D
Grade for Eagles - A+

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Patriots acquire WR DeVante Parker, 2022 5th-round pick from Dolphins for 2023 3rd-round pick
It should come as no surprise that DeVante Parker was dealt. The Dolphins traded for Tyreek Hill and signed Cedrick Wilson this offseason, giving them a talented trio at the position that includes second-year star Jaylen Waddle. There was no room for Parker on the roster, so he had to go.

The shocking element of this development is that Parker will be going to New England. It's not unheard of that teams from the same division trade with each other, but you'd think the Dolphins would learn from their mistake. Fifteen years ago, they traded a receiver to the Patriots for a second-day choice. That receiver was Wes Welker.

New England definitely won this deal. Parker is a talented wideout who will fill a big hole on the roster. Moving down two rounds in the draft is not the end of the world, and Parker is almost certainly better than anyone the Patriots could have acquired at the position in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Bill Belichick, for as great as he is, has a huge weakness, and that would be identifying talented receiving prospects. New England has drafted many busts at the position, so why not trade for a sure thing?

The Dolphins, meanwhile, did well to get a relevant draft choice for a player they didn't need anymore, but the cost of strengthening the arch-rival Patriots once again definitely makes them the losers in this trade.

Grade for Patriots - A
Grade for Dolphins - C-

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Patriots acquire WR DeVante Parker, 2022 5th-round pick from Dolphins for 2023 3rd-round pick
It should come as no surprise that DeVante Parker was dealt. The Dolphins traded for Tyreek Hill and signed Cedrick Wilson this offseason, giving them a talented trio at the position that includes second-year star Jaylen Waddle. There was no room for Parker on the roster, so he had to go.

The shocking element of this development is that Parker will be going to New England. It's not unheard of that teams from the same division trade with each other, but you'd think the Dolphins would learn from their mistake. Fifteen years ago, they traded a receiver to the Patriots for a second-day choice. That receiver was Wes Welker.

New England definitely won this deal. Parker is a talented wideout who will fill a big hole on the roster. Moving down two rounds in the draft is not the end of the world, and Parker is almost certainly better than anyone the Patriots could have acquired at the position in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Bill Belichick, for as great as he is, has a huge weakness, and that would be identifying talented receiving prospects. New England has drafted many busts at the position, so why not trade for a sure thing?

The Dolphins, meanwhile, did well to get a relevant draft choice for a player they didn't need anymore, but the cost of strengthening the arch-rival Patriots once again definitely makes them the losers in this trade.

Grade for Patriots - A
Grade for Dolphins - C-

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Dolphins acquire WR Tyreek Hill from Chiefs for 2022 1st-, 2nd-, 4th-round picks; 2023 4th-, 6th-round picks
This has already been a wild offseason thus far, and it just got crazier with Tyreek Hill traded to the Dolphins. Miami has surrendered first- and second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, as well as three mid-round selections, for one of the most electrifying receivers in the NFL.

Despite how great Hill is, I don't like this trade for either team. I can understand why the Dolphins would want to give Tua Tagovailoa another dynamic weapon to pair with Jaylen Waddle, but there are two issues. One, Miami will have to give Hill an obscene contract worth $30 million per year or so. Two, Hill won't be as productive as he was with Patrick Mahomes, so will he get frustrated once he's not posting the same sort of numbers he did in Kansas City? Tagovailoa has potential to be a solid starting quarterback in the NFL - especially with Hill and Terron Armstead joining him this offseason - but he'll never be as good as Mahomes, so Hill won't ever be as productive as he was in Kansas City. If Hill's stats are down, and the Dolphins suffer a losing streak, there could be internal problems.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, are picking up extra draft choices, but these picks won't be able to duplicate what Hill produced for them. The Chiefs' offense won't be as explosive without Hill - JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman are currently the top two wideouts - and in a heavy AFC arms race, Kansas City needed all the firepower it could muster. Lacking Hill, the Chiefs are unlikely to be able to keep up with the Chargers, Broncos, Bills, Bengals, Browns and Ravens. I'm aware that they had to trade Hill because they couldn't afford to pay him the money he requested, but it's still a damaging move for Kansas City's Super Bowl LVII aspirations.

Grade for Dolphins - C+
Grade for Chiefs - D

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Colts acquire QB Matt Ryan from Falcons for 2022 3rd-round pick
The Falcons didn't exactly have the best market for Matt Ryan. With most of the quarterback-needy teams addressing the position already, Indianapolis was really the only destination for Ryan, keeping in mind that Atlanta didn't want to trade him within the division to Carolina or New Orleans. Thus, all the Falcons could fetch for Ryan was a third-round pick.

This compensation doesn't seem like enough for a solid starting quarterback in the NFL. Granted, Ryan turns 37 in May, but he can still perform on a high level with the right talent around him. This isn't a horrible trade by any means, but it can't be ignored that the Falcons had an opportunity to trade Ryan last year. They could have obtained more for him during the 2021 offseason, so they made a big mistake by waiting one season. Still, they had to start over, so trading Ryan was the right decision in the end.

The Colts, meanwhile, are the big winners of this trade. If they had a quarterback who didn't throw into triple coverage last year, they would have made the playoffs. Ryan isn't what he once was, but he'll definitely be an upgrade over Carson Wentz. He can led the Colts to the playoffs because the AFC South is a poor division.

Grade for Colts - A
Grade for Falcons - C+

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Titans acquire WR Robert Woods from Rams for 2023 6th-round pick
When the Rams signed Allen Robinson, it was assumed that the Rams would be parting ways with Odell Beckham Jr. Instead, it was Robert Woods who was traded, as Los Angeles sent him packing to Tennessee for a sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

This compensation would be an incredible bargain for Woods if it weren't for his torn ACL. Woods suffered that injury midway through the 2021 campaign, so it's unlikely that he'll be 100 percent for 2022. If the Titans gave the Rams anything more than a fifth-round choice for Woods, I'd criticize this trade, but a sixth seems worth the risk. If Woods can somehow be 80 percent of what he usually is, he'll be a viable replacement for Julio Jones, who couldn't stay healthy last year.

The Rams, meanwhile, had no room for Woods after signing Robinson. Woods was better than Robinson last year, but he won't be the same after his torn ACL. Besides, Robinson has so much more potential now that he'll be playing with a good quarterback for the first time in his career.

Grade for Titans - A-
Grade for Rams - B

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Bills acquire QB Case Keenum from Browns for 7th-round pick
The Browns traded for Deshaun Watson on Friday afternoon. They're expected to ship out Baker Mayfield sometime soon, but they had another quarterback they wanted to deal, as they sent Case Keenum to the Bills for a seventh-round pick.

Keenum is one of the best backups in the NFL, so he's well worth a seventh-round selection. Given the talent on Buffalo's roster, Keenum can win some number of games if he's forced into the starting lineup in the event of a Josh Allen injury. If Allen has to miss a few weeks, the Bills will be happy that they surrendered a seventh-round pick for a capable backup.

Cleveland, meanwhile, signed Jacoby Brissett as a cheaper option to replace Keenum. Thus, the Browns had no need for Keenum, so it's nice that they obtained a seventh-round pick for him. This trade, as you can see, makes sense for both parties.

Grade for Bills - B+
Grade for Browns - B+

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Browns acquire QB Deshaun Watson, 5th-round pick from Texans for three 1st-round picks, 3rd-round pick, 4th-round pick
Reports indicated that Deshaun Watson's decision was coming down to Atlanta versus New Orleans, but he had a sudden change of heart and decided to go to Cleveland instead. The Browns have reportedly traded three first-round picks, as well as third- and fifth-round choices to the Texans for Watson.

There's no price high enough for a franchise quarterback, but it could be argued that the Browns already had one in Baker Mayfield. The former No. 1 overall pick struggled last year, but only because he injured his shoulder twice. He was terrific in 2020 and was expected to bounce back, assuming that there was no long-term damage to his shoulder. If there is, this trade makes so much more sense. Regardless, I don't think anyone will be debating that Mayfield is better than Watson, but there is a huge price to acquiring the former Texan. Giving up three first-round picks, as well as a selection in the third frame, will have some major long-term ramifications. Thus, I don't think this is a slam-dunk deal for the Browns, though I will still grade it favorably because they gave themselves a better chance to win the Super Bowl in the short term.

As for the Texans, they really had no choice but to trade Watson because their former franchise quarterback said he no longer wanted to play there. Given how poorly Houston's front office had mismanaged the roster, no one could possibly blame him. The Texans obtained a good haul for Watson, though it's interesting that Mayfield was not part of the package. The Texans will likely tank for one of the top quarterbacks next April (check out my 2023 NFL Mock Draft for more info.)

Update: Instead of trading away a fifth-round pick, the Browns are getting one from Houston, but are giving up a fourth-round selection in return. This doesn't impact my grades.

Grade for Browns - B
Grade for Texans - B+

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Raiders acquire WR Davante Adams from Packers for 2022 1st- and 2nd-round picks
The Broncos and Chargers added future Hall of Fame players to their rosters this offseason, so the Raiders had a tough decision to make: Given that they weren't built to compete with the other teams in the division, should they obtain highly priced veterans at the cost of their long-term cap situation to compete with the Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers now, or should they tank to rebuild quickly?

The Raiders have chosen the former strategy. We'll see if it pays off, but even with Adams now on the roster, the Raiders still appear to be the worst team in the division. They easily have the worst quarterback and the worst blocking of the four teams. Adams will help Derek Carr immensely, but it should be noted that Adams won't be as productive with Carr as he was with Rodgers. Someone of his caliber is still worth first- and second-round picks, but we all saw what happened when Julio Jones went from Matt Ryan to Ryan Tannehill. The disparity between Rodgers and Carr is even more vast.

I don't completely hate this trade for the Raiders. In fact, I think they made out better than Green Bay. No matter whom the Packers draft with the Raiders' pick at No. 22, he won't be nearly as impactful as Adams would've been over the next five or so years. I get that the Packers were in a dire cap situation, but this is still devastating for Rodgers, who really has no one to throw to at the moment.

Grade for Raiders - B-
Grade for Packers - D

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Texans acquire LB Blake Cashman from Jets for 2023 6th-round pick
When I saw this trade, I was shocked. Not because of the compensation, but because I didn't even know Blake Cashman was still in the NFL. Cashman played in just three games last season and four the year prior to that. He has made seven combined tackles in those seven starts.

With that in mind, why did the Texans give up a sixth-round pick to get Cashman? If anything, it should have been a conditional seventh-round pick based on snaps played. The Texans are just throwing their sixth-round selection in 2023 away into the garbage for no reason, as they could have obtained many other linebackers of Cashman's caliber without surrendering draft capital. Congratulations, Jets, on your free draft choice.

Grade for Texans - F
Grade for Jets - A

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Colts acquire DE Yannick Ngakoue from Raiders CB Rock Ya-Sin
When the Raiders signed Chandler Jones, the question everyone asked was what the Raiders would do with Yannick Ngakoue, given that they had just re-signed Maxx Crosby. We found our answer minutes later when a trade between the Colts and Raiders was announced.

This seems like a fair trade for both teams. I'd say Ngakoue is a better player than Rock Ya-Sin, but not by much. Ngakoue logged 10 sacks last year, but was beaten up when trying to support the run. He'll help the Colts' pass rush, which was ranked dead last in pressure rate last year.

Ya-Sin, meanwhile, is a solid starting cornerback. He's only 25, so he should continue to improve. He fills a need, and the Raiders could afford to surrender Ngakoue to the Colts for Ya-Sin because of the Chandler signing.

Grade for Colts - B+
Grade for Raiders - B+

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Buccaneers acquire G Shaq Mason from Patriots for 5th-round pick
The news just keeps getting better for the Buccaneers. Forty-eight hours ago, they didn't even expect to have Tom Brady or any of their interior offensive linemen. Since then, Brady canceled his retirement, while Ryan Jensen was re-signed. Still, there was a big need at guard in the wake of Ali Marpet's retirement and Alex Cappa's free-agency departure. Tampa Bay filled one of the holes with this trade.

Shaq Mason is one of the best guards in the NFL. He's due $16 million for the next two years, but that seems completely reasonable for a player of his caliber. He's well worth the fifth-round pick as a short-term boost to help the Buccaneers win another Super Bowl.

The Buccaneers won this trade by a wide margin. I get the Patriots wanting to shed some salary, but I'd rather have Mason over the fifth-round pick and the freed salary cap space, given that the Patriots are developing a young quarterback. I'd want Mac Jones to have the best protection possible, but New England is a team that often seems to find talented blockers out of thin air.

Grade for Buccaneers - A
Grade for Patriots - C

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Browns acquire DE Chase Winovich from Patriots for LB Mack Wilson
This mostly seems like an even trade for both teams. The Browns and Patriots are both acquiring players who were once promising, but ended up failing. These players will theoretically help fill needs for their new franchises.

Chase Winovich was seen as the better player entering 2021. He recorded 11 total sacks in his first two seasons, but fell out of favor with Bill Belichick and barely played this past year. He'll provide the Browns with some needed help with their edge rush. Meanwhile, Wilson was also barely on the field, playing about 10 snaps per game. New England needed linebacker depth, so Wilson could help in that regard.

I'd say the Browns won this trade, but only by a bit. I think Winovich has more upside, but this is pretty close.

Grade for Browns - B+
Grade for Patriots - B

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Browns acquire WR Amari Cooper from Cowboys for 2022 5th-round pick, swap of 6th-round pick
Amari Cooper for a fifth-round pick (as well as a swap of sixth-rounders) seems like a sweet deal at first until you consider that the Cowboys were willing to cut Cooper if they didn't find a trading partner for him. Granted, Dallas has some major cap issues, but the team wanted to keep Michael Gallup over Cooper.

There are two issues with Cooper. One, he's due $20 million per season for each of the next three years. This is an obscene number for a receiver who isn't elite. Two, Cooper tends to fade each season. He seldom comes through in the clutch and sometimes disappears completely.

That said, this still isn't a bad trade for the Browns. It's not ideal that they have to pay Cooper tons of money, but they're not giving up much as far as draft capital is concerned. They're also filling a huge need. Meanwhile, the Cowboys did well to get at least something for a player they were going to cut.

Grade for Browns - B-
Grade for Cowboys - B+

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Chargers acquire DE Khalil Mack from Bears for 2022 2nd-round pick, 2023 6th-round pick
It doesn't seem that long ago that Khalil Mack was acquired from an AFC West team for a pair of first-round picks. Now, he's going back to that division, and yet the team that acquired him isn't even relinquishing an opening-round selection.

Mack is a terrific acquisition for the Chargers. Patrick Mahomes and now Russell Wilson stand in the way of the Chargers winning the AFC West, so they needed to strengthen their pass rush as much as possible. They already had Joey Bosa, but had to find someone on the other side. They now have two terrific edge rushers to give Mahomes and Wilson major problems. Granted, Mack may decline soon because he just turned 31, but he's still an excellent player who should perform at a high level in the next couple of years.

The Chargers got a steal in Mack, but I'm not going to criticize the Bears very much. Chicago is a rebuilding team, and by the time it can become a serious Super Bowl competitor, Mack will be too old. Getting a second-round pick for him is a fine move.

Grade for Chargers - A+
Grade for Bears - B-

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Redskins acquire QB Carson Wentz from Colts for two 3rd-round picks; swap of 2022 2nd-round picks
When doing the NFL Quarterback Destinations video with Jacob Camenker a week ago, I speculated that the Colts would have to cut Carson Wentz because no team would be crazy enough to take on his contract. I imagined Wentz, as a free agent, would reunite with his former offensive coordinator, Mike Groh, who is with the Giants. Wentz, despite his recent struggles, could easily beat out Daniel Jones for the starting job in New York.

I never imagined a trade would occur, but if one did, the receiving team would certainly force the Colts into paying some of Wentz's contract. Wentz is grossly overpaid, after all. Well, the Redskins apparently didn't get the memo because they pulled a trigger on a trade for Wentz, and they will be taking on his entire deal.

This is a complete desperation move by the Redskins. They tried to trade for Russell Wilson for a package that included three first-round picks. Twenty-four hours after learning that Wilson was sent to Denver, Washington pulled the trigger on a deal for Wentz for two third-round selections, with one potentially becoming a second-round pick based on incentives.

Just trading a pair of third-round choices for Wentz is not a terrible bargain because he's a young quarterback who could potentially revert to the player who was the MVP favorite in 2017 prior to his knee injury. Granted, it's not likely because Wentz has suffered so many injuries over the years, but the upside exists. The issue with this deal is that the Redskins have taken on Wentz's albatross of a contract. The figures on the deal are so bad that the Colts would have released Wentz had they not found a trading partner. In that case, Washington could have just signed Wentz for much less and not given up two third-round picks. For that reason, this is a complete failure for the Redskins.

The Colts, on the other hand, made out like bandits. They were willing to cut Wentz, yet some team just gave them a pair of third-round picks without asking them to pay some of Wentz's salary. Imagine being ready to take your beaten-down car to the junkyard, only to have a dumb friend ask if he can take your car for $3,000, all while paying for the inspection first. This is exactly what the Redskins did, so Indianapolis has to receive an A+ for this trade.

Grade for Redskins - F
Grade for Colts - A+

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Broncos acquire QB Russell Wilson, 4th-round pick from Seahawks for two 1st-round picks, two 2nd-round picks, 5th-round pick, TE Noah Fant, DT Shelby Harris, QB Drew Lock
The Broncos had plans to select Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft, but everything changed when they learned Aaron Rodgers would potentially be available. They attempted to acquire Rodgers, but the long-time Packer remained in Green Bay. History repeated itself this offseason, with Rodgers once again deciding to stay put, signing a $200 million contract this morning. That prompted the Broncos to pull the trigger on a deal they've been discussing with the Seahawks for a couple of weeks.

The primary components of this trade for the Broncos are the two first-round choices, the two second-round selections and Shelby Harris. Noah Fant is a big name, but Denver has a very viable replacement in Albert Okwuegbunam, so Fant's departure won't matter. Losing lots of draft capital stings, but Wilson is worth it, especially when considering next year's first-round pick will be very late. Effectively, the Broncos are surrendering Nos. 9, 40 and 64 overall this year, and No. 23-32 in 2023, plus a talented defensive lineman in Harris on top of it.

I think when you look at it that way, the trade looks great for the Broncos. Wilson, after all, is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and he'll give Denver a legitimate chance to win the Super Bowl. Wilson will have a great running game, talented receivers, a solid offensive line and a terrific defense surrounding him in Denver. The Broncos are built to win the Super Bowl with an elite quarterback, and now they have one. I believe they are easily a top-five NFL team with Wilson, with the potential of being in the top three.

As for the Seahawks, I don't like this trade for them. I think they should have been able to obtain three first-round picks from the Broncos. Harris is a nice player, but what's he going to do for them while they're rebuilding? Fant will be an upgrade at tight end for whichever quarterback they draft at nine or 40. Still, I don't think the Seahawks obtained enough for Wilson. Seattle had a legitimate chance to make a Super Bowl run with Wilson in 2022. Given their favorable cap situation, as well as the decline of teams like the Buccaneers and Rams, the NFC was wide open except for the Packers, 49ers and perhaps Cardinals. The Seahawks were eighth in DVOA last year, so if they found a way to upgrade their pass rush, which they could've done with their cap room, they could've established themselves as one of the top teams in the NFC. Instead, they'll be rebuilding, beginning in a year that features a pedestrian quarterback class.

Grade for Broncos - A
Grade for Seahawks - D

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