After Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams hoisted the Lombardi Trophy earlier this year, they were hard pressed to find anyone predicting the trades that went down in the time since. The names are ridiculous in how good they are, as Russell Wilson, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and AJ Brown were all shipped off to new homes.
Wilson’s trade appeared to be a longtime coming, as he had let his grievances with the team leak in the past, but wide receivers were all looking for new contracts and their teams were not giving in to the mood for what they were asking for, But the Raiders, Dolphins and Eagles were ready to take on that task.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Commanders
McLaurin is currently in talks with the Commanders to give him a pay raise with a contract extension before his rookie deal last year. He wants “a contract extension consistent with other comparable WRs that recently signed,” per Adam SchefterGeneral Chat Chat Lounge That chance means he wants something comparable to the money Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and AJ Brown were able to get after being traded.
DK Metcalf, WR, Seahawks
Metcalf is in a similar boat as McLaurin, which is his rookie deal last year and is looking to get a raise before playing this season. Seattle doesn’t help in either quarterback situation, as the team let Wilson go and has not replaced him with a starting NFL QB. Unlike McLaurin, Metcalf has at least the memory of what it looks like to play with a good QB.
There are plenty of teams that will jump at even a sliver of hope for trade at McLaurin or Metcalf, as they are without a doubt two of the best young receivers in the game. The precedent set this offseason makes it feel at least more likely than in years past, but both teams will do what they can to make their star receivers happy.
Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers
Samuel asked for a trade earlier this offseason, but he’ll be at the mandatory minicamp and right now there appears to be a truce between the two sides as they work on an extension. There is still a chance those negotiations head south and hold on to the Samuel Opts, but a trade does not appear to be on the horizon anytime soon.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns
The Browns continue to hold out hope that they can find something for Mayfield in the trade, but so far nothing. The team and Mayfield may be waiting for possible injuries to open up a spot that would drive their market up.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers
Garoppolo is a similar spot in Mayfield, but his lack of trade interest is also fueled by a shoulder injury. The 49ers hope their quarterback will garner more interest when he can show teams he is healthy.
There are still teams that could use Mayfield and Garoppolo for the starting job, with the Seahawks, Panthers and Falcons being the QB’s neediest.