2022 NFL trade deadline recap

Justin Siejak, Vice President

The 2022 NFL trade deadline was one of the most active deadlines in NFL history.

Some teams were looking to add draft capital, while others looked to add impact players to improve their chances at contending.

There were a variety of different players that were moved for various different reasons. Established veterans, young promising talents and solid role players were moved left and right this year.

So… who were some of the big names moved at this year’s deadline?

49ers acquire RB Christian McCaffrey
Likely the biggest deal made during the waning weeks of the trade deadline was Christian McCaffrey being dealt to the San Francisco 49ers. Many were shocked that the 49ers were the ones to end up with McCaffrey, as they weren’t really reported to be in on him.

In the end however, McCaffrey ends up in San Francisco.

Carolina, who was looking to unload some of their established players for draft capital, got a nice haul back for McCaffrey.

McCaffrey was dealt to the 49ers in return for a second, third and fourth-round pick in 2023, as well as a 2024 fifth-round pick. The Panthers will look to use these picks to continue to rebuild their roster.

As for McCaffrey and the 49ers, the early returns look great. After a relatively quiet debut against the Chiefs, McCaffrey showed why the 49ers brought him in in week eight. McCaffrey would post a hat-trick, rushing for a touchdown, catching a touchdown and even tossing a touchdown to Brandon Aiyuk.

With an offensive minded coach in Kyle Shanahan, McCaffrey could be special in San Francisco.

Dolphins acquire LB Bradley Chubb
The Denver Broncos knew that Bradley Chubb was going to command a lot of money in the upcoming free agency period. Instead of paying him, they shipped him off to the Miami Dolphins, who were in need of a pass rusher.

Denver was able to net a serious return for the young pass rusher. In return for Chubb, the Broncos received the Dolphins 2024 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round pick, as well as RB Chase Edmonds.

Two picks to help continue building the roster around Russell Wilson, as well as a nice pass-catching running back who will play a role due to the injury to Javonte Williams.

Miami has wasted no time locking up Chubb. He signed a five-year $110 million dollar extension with the Dolphins on Thursday morning.

Miami needed a pass rusher, and they landed a young and talented one. Chubb, when healthy, has been a great player.

He’ll join a rushing group including Jaelan Phillips and Melvin Ingram. Miami wanted to add production in the sack department, and Bradley Chubb will be a huge boost.

Vikings acquire TE T.J. Hockenson
This move was a bit of a shock to the NFL world.

T.J. Hockenson was one of Detroit’s best players regardless of position. However, similar to Bradley Chubb, Hockenson would have been an impending free agent this upcoming offseason.

Hockenson likely would have asked for a large payday, so Detroit opted to move on, and acquire picks.

Detroit sent Hockenson, a 2023 fourth-round pick and a 2024 conditional fourth-round pick, in return for a 2023 second-round pick, as well as a 2024 third-round pick.

Detroit is still a young, budding team. These picks will help them shape the future of their roster.

Hockenson now enters as the unquestioned TE1 in Minnesota. Irv Smith Jr. suffered a high ankle sprain, which will likely keep him out for most, if not the rest of the year, which means there will be no one to compete for snaps.

This Vikings offense is loaded now, with legit talent at every position. Minnesota hopes that Hockenson can be the extra push to make them a Super Bowl contender.

Ravens acquire LB Roquan Smith
The Ravens linebacking core has been nothing short of mediocre this season. Patrick Queen has not looked sharp, Josh Bynes has dealt with injuries and Malik Harrison has looked nothing like his days at Ohio State.

The Ravens lacked at the position, and decided to address it in a big way by acquiring Roquan Smith from the Chicago Bears.

Smith, who was going to either demand big money from the Bears, or just straight up walk in free agency, put the Bears in a tough position.

He is one of the top linebackers in the league, but his future with Chicago was uncertain. Instead of potentially losing him for nothing this offseason, Bears GM Ryan Poles decided to deal Smith to the Ravens for a solid return.

Chicago received a package of a 2023 second-round pick, a 2023 fifth-round pick, as well as LB A.J. Klein in the deal for Smith.

Chicago will look to use those picks to surround QB Justin Fields with a better supporting cast. Klein will be a nice stop-gap linebacker for the team.

The Ravens defense now has stars at all three levels. Smith is a talent you can build your entire defense around.

However, the question this offseason will be if the Ravens will be able to afford to keep Smith around, as Lamar Jackson is also looking for a massive payday.

Eagles acquire DE Robert Quinn
Robert Quinn is an aging player. Despite this, he had arguably his best year of his career in 2021 with the Bears where he tallied 18.5 sacks.

He has had a slow start to his 2022 season, and he also carries a big contract to his name, so Chicago decided to move on from the veteran pass rusher.

Philadelphia, who is the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, already had a talented defensive line featuring names like Haason Reddick and Fletcher Cox. Adding Quinn to this defensive line makes this one of the scariest defensive fronts in football.

The Eagles were able to add Quinn at just the cost of a 2023 fourth-round pick.

This is an all in move for the Eagles, who seem to be primed to make a legitimate push to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. One the leagues best teams adds more firepower to an already uber-talented defense.

Jaguars acquire WR Calvin Ridley
Trevor Lawrence has not had a legit WR1 to work with during his time with the Jaguars.

Jacksonville was able to sign both Christian Kirk and Zay Jones this offseason, but neither are capable of handling the load of being a top target. A move that essentially came out of nowhere gives Lawrence the best receiver he has had so far in the NFL in Calvin Ridley.

Ridley is suspended for the remainder of the 2022 season. However, when he returns next season, he has the opportunity to elevate the Jags offense significantly.

Ridley is super talented, and has proven he can produce at a high level in this league. For a relatively small asking price, it was a no-brainer for Jacksonville to take a swing at the former first-round pick.

Jacksonville sent Atlanta a 2023 conditional fifth-round pick, as well as a 2024 conditional second-round pick in return for Ridley.

Atlanta was ready to move on from Ridley, and they did so by acquiring picks in future drafts. Jacksonville gambles (no pun intended) on Ridley to come back next year and be a difference maker.

Bears acquire WR Chase Claypool
Chicago has lacked consistent wide receiver production since the days of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey. Darnell Mooney is a fine player, but he isn’t enough for this offense to really begin making strides in the passing game.

GM Ryan Poles knew this, so he sought out to bring in another receiver at the deadline, and did so in Chase Claypool.

Claypool is still young. At just 24 years old, it’s safe to say that his best football is still ahead of him.

He has had moments where he flashed his abilities, including scoring 11 touchdowns in his rookie year. Unfortunately for Claypool, the consistency has not been there, and he was fazed out of Pittsburgh with the amount of receiving talent on the team.

Still with a year and a half left on his contract, Chicago saw Claypool as a target and decided to make the deal. Chicago sent Pittsburgh their 2023 second-round pick for Claypool.

Claypool is expected to come in and be a solid weapon next to Darnell Mooney for their young quarterback Justin Fields. Chicago has been missing a big body, red zone target type of receiver, and that is exactly what Claypool will bring to their team.

Chiefs acquire WR Kadarius Toney
Toney, who is still just in his second year, showed glimpses of being a serious weapon in the NFL in his rookie year. In a game against Dallas last year, Toney would go on to catch 10 passes for 189 yards.

Toney moves differently than most. He is arguably one of the shiftiest players in the NFL. So why did the Giants decide to move on from the promising player?

Injuries. Despite being a young, shining talent, Toney has had major issues getting on the field. He played just 10 games in his rookie year, and would often get nicked up during games.

Toney missed some offseason programs with the Giants, and the diva rumors began to be thrown around. The situation was becoming toxic for both the Giants and Toney.

After limiting his snaps on the field this year, the Giants ultimately decided to move on from the sophomore receiver. Kansas City sent the Giants a 2023 third-round compensatory pick as well as a 2023 sixth-round pick in exchange for Toney.

Toney now moves to an offense with arguably one of the greatest offensive minds in NFL history at head coach in Andy Reid. Kansas City lost Tyreek Hill last year, who was as shifty and speedy as they get.

It’s not safe to assume that Toney will have the same production as Hill, but the athletic profiles are similar. Toney has all the talent to be a genuine threat with Kansas City, but his durability questions must be answered.

A lot of interesting moves were made at this year’s deadline.

There are plenty of new faces in new places now for the second half of the regular season.

The question is, which move will prove to be the biggest and most impactful one?