TRADE TARGET Pass Rushers That Would Fit Great in Kansas City
Here are some top prospects to keep an eye out for as the NFL trade deadline approaches.
The 2022 NFL Trade deadline is quickly approaching. All trade transactions must be completed by Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. ET. The Kansas City Chiefs are one team that could end up being a potential buyer for some pass rush talent.
While the Chiefs aren’t in desperate need for assistance, Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach will obviously look to improve this Chiefs team even more. One area the Chiefs have specifically looking for a boost, is the pass rush. While the defensive line has been good overall, it has seemed that they are missing just one extra piece. It was highly expected that Kansas City would make a push to fill this void. As expected, Veach and the front office have been attempting to do just that.
Here are three trade block pass rushers who should already be on the Chiefs radar ahead of the deadline.
A second-team All-Pro defender last year, Robert Quinn has been in trade rumors amid his sluggish start this season. The three-time Pro-Bowler who’s signed until the end of 2024 has racked up just seven tackles and a sack in six games this season. With the Bears slated to be a rebuilding team for the next few years, it makes all the sense in the world for them to get what they can by trading the 32-year-old.
The contract particulars may complicate a trade (he’s due $7.1M for the rest of the season), but Quinn, who is age 32, does not figure to be part of the Bears’ long-term plans. Not only could the Bears get a solid return for the veteran, but a new start with his old coach from the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams Steve Spagnuolo might inspire Quinn to turn back the clock and play as he did last season.
According to Ben Standing, The Washington Commanders DT, a 2023 free agent, is receiving trade interest. The trade value for the fifth-year linemen is a 2023 Day 2 selection (2nd or 3rd pick), according to people with knowledge of the market for Payne who spoke on the condition of anonymity for competitive reasons. His remaining contract is $4.7M.
The former first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft from Alabama, is having his best season thus far in 2022. In addition, defensive ends Montez Sweat and Chase Young are eligible for contract extensions in the next two offseasons. This puts Payne as the odd man out.
Can Washington commit to Payne and hope to keep Sweat and Young? I don’t think it happens. The Chiefs have the capital to make this move if they’d like. He could come in to finish off his contract as a trial run for a future extension. Imagine Jones and Payne in the middle? Good luck running through that with an already top 5 ranked run defense.
This one keeps coming up in our reports due to the report by Cody Benjamin from CBS Sports. Benjamin actually called the Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers trade days ago on the same article. Saints pass rusher, Cam Jordan is a player who would fit perfectly into the Chiefs’ scheme. As much as Chiefs fans can hope for this, Saints HC Dennis Allen is the deciding factor of this happening. One of the factors is the dead cap that the Saints have to pay Jordan in the future.
The Saints are one of the oldest teams in the NFL. They will likely look to get rid of some of the older players and focus on rebuilding around future stars. Jordan is an all-time great in New Orleans but I know he wants to add a ring to his HOF resume, putting the Chiefs as one of his top destinations.
While everyone can hope and dream, we do not always get what we want. Keep an eye out for some big moves in KC as the Chiefs are likely to make some moves throughout their bye week,