NFL Rumors: 3 Impact Players Expected To Be Traded This Summer

The NFL offseason continues as it's been quite the scene in 2022. From quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs to just about everyone on defense, there's been some movement across the league. Expect that to continue as these three players have become prime trade candidates this summer:

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns decided Deshaun Watson and his legal portfolio was the direction they wanted to head, and Baker Mayfield is out. The quarterback has been mediocre throughout his Browns career but appears to be finding his stride, just in time to be moved. It's become awkward for everyone involved including Watson who reached out to Mayfield to build a relationship and that got nowhere. Look for the Seattle Seahawks to continue their pursuit of the Browns starter early on this summer.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Pretty wild few years as Christian McCaffrey has gone from absolute stud with the Carolina Panthers to someone the team may consider moving. He's become injury prone and is having a hard time staying on the football field. Carolina went out and found some solid depth in Chuba Hubbard and D'Onta Foreman, so moving McCaffrey wouldn't hurt their backfield as much as you may think. If it's known C-Mac is available, there will be a long list of suitors, but with the NFL Draft long over, the chances of a deal have decreased a touch. One good thing working in Carolina's favor is the fact their running back is only due $15 million per season between 2023-25, certainly something that could get their attention of other teams.

DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks

If the Seahawks want to completely rebuild it's going to involve moving star receiver DK Metcalf. He's entering a contract year and the market for wide outs has never been hotter. The 24-year-old watched Russell Wilson get shipped out and he could be next. After the Wilson trade there was some questions asked to coach Pete Carroll about Metcalf's future and it certainly wasn't stamped in stone he'd be back with the franchise. Last season he recorded 75 catches for 967 yards and 12 touchdowns. There's a long list of teams who could use this type of production to get them over the hump and one step closer to the Super Bowl. Expect to see the Seahawks gauge the trade market as optional workouts continue across the league.

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