Fact or Fiction: Making Sense of the Latest NFL Trade Rumors – Bleacher Report

Fact or Fiction: Making Sense of the Latest NFL Trade Rumors - Bleacher Report

Fact or Fiction: Making Sense of the Latest NFL Trade Rumors

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    Elijah Moore

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    Not only is the rumor mill spinning fast as the 2022 NFL trade deadline approaches, but more reports are also constantly flooding the market.

    This player is available, but that player is not. This team is buying, but that team is selling. Some rumors are true, however others are best described as smokescreens or even outright lies.

    Hey, it’s all part of the game. However, it can be difficult to determine which reports to believe or reject.

    But we have you covered. We pass judgment on key rumors entering the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, November 1st.

Panthers to Keep Brian Burns, 3 Others

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    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 12: The midfield logo at Bank of America Stadium is seen before the game between the New York Jets and the Carolina Panthers on September 12, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

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    After the Carolina Panthers parted ways with head coach Matt Rhule, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said the team would not hold a fire sale.

    Since then, they have sent wide receiver Robbie Anderson and running back Christian McCaffrey to NFC West franchises. Isn’t that actually the beginning of one?

    The short answer is no.

    While the Panthers will agree to some deals, they are not breaking down the roster to the studs. Some of those attractive players — like defensive tackle Derrick Brown and edge rusher Brian Burns — have cost-effective contracts and can be foundational pieces of a rebuild.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Carolina will not trade Brown, Burns, wide receiver Moore or cornerback Jaycee Horn before the deadline. Even with Moore signing an extension recently and Burns headed for one, the combination of financial certainty and long-term impact is reason to believe they will all remain on the team.

    Carolina will be heavily involved in rumors, but that quartet shouldn’t leave before the deadline.

    Verdict: Fact

Browns Now Open for Trade by Kareem Hunt

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    CLEVELAND, OHIO - October 09, 2022 - Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns plays against the Los Angeles Chargers at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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    Shortly before the 2022 season began, Kareem Hunt reportedly requested a trade. However, the Cleveland Browns did not agree and decided to keep him in his complementary role.

    Apparently, they had a possible change of heart.

    Brad Stainbrook of The Orange and Brown Report said the Browns are listening to offers for Hunt. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler noted that Hunt is likely available for a fourth-round pick.

    The discussion is also completely logical. Hunt, who is in the final year of his contract, likely won’t stick around as a complementary back to Nick Chubb—and Cleveland shouldn’t cut back on the latter’s workload anyway. In addition, the Browns already have D’Ernest Johnson as a capable replacement.

    Now that Cleveland is 2-5 and out of the playoff race, it only makes sense to add value ahead of Hunt’s seemingly inevitable departure.

    Verdict: Fact

Jets Won’t Buzz on Elijah Moore Trade Request

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25: Elijah Moore #8 of the New York Jets is placed on the line of scrimmage against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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    The good news for the New York Jets is that they are 5-2 and have a great weapon in slot receiver Garrett Wilson. The bad news is that Wilson also plays the preferred position of Elijah Moore, who had a promising rookie year but was relatively quiet in 2022.

    Moore’s frustration led to a trade request, which Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reported is not considered.

    In his absence, New York activated Denzel Mims – who did not play this season asking for own business in August – for a win over the Denver Broncos.

    Look, if the Jets didn’t move a player who was a healthy scratch until Week 7, a starter doesn’t get traded.

    Moore is understandably upset about his limited number of targets, especially since the return of quarterback Zach Wilson. But the Jets win. They will keep Moore.

    Verdict: Fact

Daron Payne Worth a Day 2 Pick

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Daron Payne #94 of the Washington Commanders is lined up against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 2, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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    In the midst of a breakout year, Washington Commanders standout Daron Payne is a man in high demand.

    Ben Standig of The Athletic reported that “people with knowledge of the market for Payne” said the fifth-year defensive tackle could land a 2023 second- or third-round pick.

    As usual, the question is not the validity of the conversation. The content, however, is another story.

    If someone traded for him, sure, that might not be unreasonable. But the rest of the league understands that Payne is highly unlikely to re-sign with the Commanders, given the $72 million extension for Jonathan Allen and the imminent talks with edge rushers Chase Young and Montez Sweat. Washington can’t keep everyone.

    Why give up a Day 2 pick when Payne will be a free agent in a few months? The “start” to convince him to sign in March isn’t worth the offer Washington hopes to receive.

    Verdict: Fiction

All Options on Table for Rams, Cam Akers

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    GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back Cam Akers #3 of the Los Angeles Rams rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Glendale , Arizona.  The Rams defeated the Cardinals 20-12.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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    One of the more unexpected developments in 2022 is the transfer relationship between Cam Akers and the Los Angeles Rams.

    Last year, he missed almost the entire regular season with an Achilles injury. Once healthy, though, the Rams—who leaned on Sony Michel and Darrell Henderson all year—immediately turned to Akers. He totaled 75 touches compared to 29 for Michel and seven for Henderson.

    Akers seemed like the undisputed long-term option, but the tone has changed dramatically. He surprisingly managed just three carries in the opener, didn’t record more than 50 percent snaps in any appearance and recently missed a game for personal reasons. Head coach Sean McVay said the Rams are trying to trade Akers.

    Jeremy Fowler reported a Los Angeles source said the team is considering all options to trade, release or keep Akers.

    But how could he possibly come back after this?

    From this perspective, only two options are seriously on the table. Akers, whether he is traded or outright released, will not suit up again for the Rams.

    Verdict: Fiction

Broncos Entertainment Deals for Bradley Chubb

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    DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 23: Bradley Chubb #55 of the Denver Broncos defends during an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets at Empower Field At Mile High on October 23, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

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    Why bury the leather: Yes.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Broncos would like to keep Bradley Chubb, along with receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler. Schefter also said, however, that the Broncos “need to consider any serious” offer.

    The focus here is solely on Chubb due to his contract situation. Unlike both Jeudy and Hamler, Chubb has an expiring contract. And it’s unlikely that Denver will re-sign him.

    In the offseason, the Broncos signed Randy Gregory to a five-year, $70 million deal. They also drafted Nik Bonitto in the second round and raised Baron Browning’s playing time before his recent hip injury. Denver only has so much money to spend on the D-line, and Chubb’s well-deserved payday might be too much.

    Chubb will likely land the team a compensatory pick, but he would be worth more on the trade market right now.

    Verdict: Fact

Packers Will Trade for Receiver

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    Aaron Rodgers

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    The short version of Green Bay’s 3-4 start is that the offense looks broken.

    Early in the offseason, the Packers traded All-Pro wideout Davante Adams. Since then, on a scale of 1-10, the outside concern level surrounding the receiving corps has been an 11. Basically everyone in the organization has tried to quell the concerns, but Green Bay’s performance so far has justified everything.

    Therefore, Brandin Cooks, Hunt Claypool and Jerry Jeudy are among the names ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has floated as possible options for the Packers. Any one of them, in theory, would provide a much-needed jolt to an inferior and injured group of wideouts.

    However, the issues are deeper than the receivers. The offensive line was weak, and Aaron Rodgers is not excluded from blame.

    Further complicating matters is Rodgers’ uncertain future, so the Packers would be rightfully hesitant to commit significant draft capital for a win-now player who’s basically just slapping tape on a cracked base.

    Verdict: Fiction

Steelers Will Keep Chase Claypool

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 23: Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to avoid a tackle during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

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    Chase Claypool, one of those receivers loosely linked to Green Bay, has found himself the subject of trade rumors.

    The conversation is at least sensible. After drafting George Pickens in April, the Pittsburgh Steelers also extended Diontae Johnson. Claypool will become a free agent after the 2023 season.

    NFL Media Ian Rapoporthowever, threw cold water on the heating up rumor and said that Claypool is unlikely to be traded.

    And we tend to agree.

    Unless a franchise flies in with some Day 2 picks, the Steelers don’t have to part with a legitimate contributor. It makes little sense to make Kenny Pickett’s rookie season more difficult when they’re not in danger of losing Claypool immediately.

    Perhaps the conversation changes in the offseason, but Claypool will remain in the black and gold until 2022.

    Verdict: Fact

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