We just had one of the busiest trade dates in NFL history.
The Miami Dolphins upgraded both sides of the ball by landing Bradley Chubb and Jeff Wilson Jr, the Chicago Bears were surprisingly aggressive by swapping Roquan Smith and Robert Quinn while adding Chase Claypool, and the Green Bay Packers didn’t…well…no something.
Whew. Let’s all take a breath and give some winners and losers from the frantic NFL trade deadline.
Winner: Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL for as long as Tua Tagovailoa remains healthy, but their defense is lacking in playmakers. Well, not anymore.
Miami landed superstar Bradley Chubb on the deadline for Chase Edmonds, a first-round pick in 2023, and a fourth-round pick in 2024. Chubb would immediately foster a modest passing dash that only managed 15 sacks a season. The Dolphins also upgraded their backroom running by dumping Edmunds and landing Jeff Wilson Jr of the San Francisco 49ers.
Don’t sleep in Miami as an AFC competitor.
Winner: Chicago Bears
Chicago was a buyer and seller on the trade deadline, as the team turned on Roquan Smith and Robert Quinn for three 2023 draft total picks and sent a second player to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Chase Claypool. So, not only did the Bears load up on draft assets to start their rebuilding, but they also gave Justin Fields a talented young No. 1 wide receiver to help him advance as a pass.
Wait, does this new system in Chicago really know what it’s doing?
Loser: Green Bay Packers
Welcome? Anyone awake there?
The Packers are still in dire need of broad reception assistance around Aaron Rodgers. This is arguably the biggest reason why The Packers are 3 to 5 games in eight matches, but there’s clearly no sense of urgency from this front office. Green Bay hasn’t taken a single step into the deadline, and may miss the playoffs because of that.
Winner: Jacksonville Jaguars
Well, that definitely came out of nowhere.
No one expected the Jacksonville Jaguars to be buyers on the trade deadline, but they shocked everyone by sending a conditional fourth and fifth to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Calvin Ridley.
Ridley is suspended for the rest of the season, but the 27-year-old remains one of the league’s most talented recipients. Trevor Lawrence will have a wealth of talent around him next year and going forward.
Loser: Indianapolis Colts
Remember when the Indianapolis Colts were the pre-season favorites to win the AFC South title after “promotion” at the quarterback this off-season? Good times, good times.
Fast forward a few months later – the Colts 3-4-1, Matt Ryan was fired, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady was fired, and Indy turned into a salesman. Just before the trade deadline expired, the Colts replaced Nyheim Hines to the Buffalo Bills in favor of Zack Moss and a conditional sixth-round pick.
So, they ditched the run-in to catch the pass for the traditional runner in Moss who is now the third-best right-back behind Jonathan Taylor and Dion Jackson. What’s going on in Indy?
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