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There have been a number of trades during the 2022 NFL offseason, with more to come in the coming months.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt recently requested a trade because he is unhappy with his current contract, according to Mary Kay Cabot from Cleveland.com. Other star players may soon follow suit.
Like Hunt, some stars may not be happy with how extension negotiations are going. Others may prefer to go from a rebuilding team to a contender.
Whatever the case may be, the following five players, listed in alphabetical order, could soon ask for a change of scenery and a fresh start.
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The Cincinnati Bengals failed to reach a long-term extension with safety Jessie Bates III before the mid-July deadline for franchise-tagged players. Now it’s unclear when, or if, the Bengals will put him back on the field.
CBS Sports jose anderson reported that Bates had “no intention of showing up for training camp, or playing under the franchise tag.” Since he has yet to sign his $12.9 million franchise tag, he cannot be fined for his retention in training camp in progress.
According to NFL Network Mike Grafolo, “the Bengals are confident Bates will be ready to play whenever he shows up,” and “as of now there is no indication that the team is willing to consider trading Bates.” security too expressed his wish remain with the Bengals in February, but there is no end in sight to this current matchup.
Bates’ options are limited at this point. He must sign her tag and play under her this season, continue to hold out for the regular season or request a trade.
If Bates chooses the latter option, there should be no shortage of suitors interested in him. The 25-year-old has racked up more than 400 tackles, defended 35 passes and caught 10 interceptions since he entered the league as a second-round pick in 2018.
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The Baltimore Ravens are playing with fire as they have yet to sign quarterback Lamar Jackson to a long-term contract extension. Weather talks are ongoing between the two parties, it is possible that they will not reach an agreement in the short term.
Jackson is potentially in line to set records with his next contract. After Aaron Rodgers signed a three-year contract, $150.8 million extensionDeshaun Watson received a full five-year warranty, $230 million deal
and Kyler Murray signed a five-year, $230.5 million contract this offseason, Jackson could be in line for more than $50 million a year.
Rodgers is the only quarterback with an average annual salary of more than $50 million, but Murray ($46.1 million), Watson ($46.0 million) and Patrick Mahomes ($45.0 million) are not far behind. The 25-year-old Jackson also won an MVP award, which Murray and Watson don’t have.
The two-time Pro Bowler has gone 37-12 as a starter and made the playoffs in three of his four seasons as a starter. He had nearly 10,000 passing yards and 84 touchdowns against 31 interceptions, while also adding 3,673 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.
Jackson isn’t currently resisting, but he could become unhappy with the Ravens during the trade process. They should try to avoid that by agreeing with him on a new contract as soon as possible.
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Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James wants a contract extension but hasn’t received it yet. He has thus started a Wait— he’s attending boot camp, but only participating in tours instead of full practices — as a tactic to speed up a new deal.
James has established himself as one of the best players at his position. The 26-year-old has amassed 257 tackles, 19 pass defenses, 5.5 sacks, five interceptions and three forced fumbles in 36 games since he entered the league as a first-round pick in 2018.
While James has been injury-prone at times, playing just five games in 2019 and missing the entire 2020 campaign, he played 15 games again last year. He earned his second Pro Bowl nomination and a solid 78.1 degree of ProFootball Focus.
During a recent appearance on The Pat McAfee ShowChargers general manager Tom Telesco said he plans to make a deal for James but admitted it has taken longer than he expected.
If extension talks continue to drag on, the Bolts risk further alienating their star defender. With James heading into the final year of his rookie contracthe could end up requesting a trade if he can’t work out a deal with the Chargers.
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Robert Quinn re-emerged as one of the best running backs in the NFL last season. After posting an impressive 18.5 sacks, he is ready to contribute to a winning team in 2022.
Unfortunately for Quinn, his Chicago Bears are far from competitive. They traded fellow star pass-rusher Khalil Mack earlier in the offseason as the offense prepares for Year 2 of the Justin Fields era after losing its top two starting offensive linemen.
Draft Kings sports betting he has the Bears’ regular-season win total at 6.5, suggesting Quinn’s talent will go to waste if he stays in the Windy City this season. In May, CBS Sports’ Jason La Campora aired rumors that the three-time Pro Bowler wants out of Chicago, though NFL Network’s Ian Rapport he said in April that the Bears weren’t buying him.
Although he skipped a mandatory minicamp, Quinn publicly declared in late July he wants to stay with the Bears. That could change during the season if Chicago’s defense takes a big step back without Mack and the team quickly falls out of contention.
With three seasons remaining in his five-year, $70 million contractQuinn would likely draw a lot of interest from contenders looking to improve their passing career.
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The Dallas Cowboys could soon lose tight end Dalton Schultz after they failed to come to terms with him on a long-term extension this offseason. He is now set to play on the franchise tag this season after talks about a multi-year deal broke down over the summer.
The Cowboys are developing several promising tight ends behind Schultz, including undrafted 2020 free agent Sean McKeon and rookie fourth-round pick Jake Ferguson. Still, it could be tough for them to replace Schultz, who was tied for second-most goals on the team last year with 78 receptions for 808 yards and eight touchdowns.
At the start of training camp, team executive Stephen Jones told reporters Schultz “represents everything we want in a Dallas Cowboy” and said he believes the two sides will eventually come to a long-term agreement. It won’t happen this season, though, as the mid-July deadline to extend franchise tag players has come and gone.
If the Cowboys show no interest in meeting Schultz’s extension demands or show signs they plan to re-tag him as a franchise player in 2023, he could force him out by requesting a trade.
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