INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - DECEMBER 18: Carson Wentz #2 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 18, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The NFL has had a historically active off-season.  There was a time where you rarely saw a major trade outside of the draft where teams would trade a group of draft picks to move up in the draft to get a certain player. 

This off season teams have been willing to divest themselves of draft capital to acquire big name players.  The Los Angeles Rams go all in method of trading away draft picks for veterans has caught on across the league.  In this article we will be detailing these trades and grading them.

Carson Wentz from the Colts to the Commanders C+

Washington gets the tall, strong armed, QB that can move in the pocket that they wanted.  They also didn’t have to use a first round pick to acquire Wentz.  The downside is they had to pick up his entire salary for 2022 (28 million dollars).  The other downside is Wentz sometimes plays hero ball and creates terrible turnovers.

Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons to the Indianapolis Colts C-

The Colts were able to trade for Matt Ryan after trading away Wentz.  Again they didn’t use a first round pick. They also were able to negotiate Matt Ryan’s salary so it wasn’t the huge hit that was it was to the Falcons.  But Matt Ryan to me is just another not that great Veteran quarterback that they are going to try to plug into their playoff ready roster.  They got a guy much older who has no chance of being the long term answer.  Feels like another plug and play short term option to me.

Devante Adams from the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders B+

Vegas bets big on Devante Adams.  Adams is the best receiver in the NFL. This gives the Raiders a grade A weapon at Wide out that already has a rapport with their QB Derek Carr. But I’m not a huge fan of paying wide receivers 25-30 million dollars. Outside of the salary, I like this deal for the Raiders.

Tyreke Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins B+

The Dolphins are giving their young Quarterback a chance to thrive.  He’s got an offensive coach, weapons around him, and they are trying to fix his offensive line, and Tyreke Hill gives him an offensive weapon that can be a homerun hitter.  Again, I’m not huge on paying wide receivers huge money but the hit isn’t as bad when your QB is on a rookie deal.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 24: Tyreek Hill speaks with the media after being introduced by the Miami Dolphins at Baptist Health Training Complex on March 24, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Khalil Mack from the Chicago Bears to the Los Angeles Chargers A

Great trade for the Chargers, their team has top end pieces on the offensive side they wanted to Joey Bosa some help on the defensive side.  Khalil Mack does not have to be a team centerpiece, just a part of the puzzle to get the Chargers over the top.

Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos A

Russ could be the missing piece to get the Broncos over the hump.  That’s it that’s my take.

SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 08: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field on August 8, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys to the Cleveland Browns B+

Salary Cap casualty in Dallas, Cooper comes to a stacked roster in the AFC North, that will greatly help Deshaun Watson to be more comfortable in his new landing sort, at least on the field.

Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns B-

Guaranteeing Watson 250 million dollars is a huge risk and so is giving up three first round picks.  Watson is a dynamic player on the field and if the anger and furor dies down this could be a very rewarding  trade. But because of the compensation needed to acquire Watson and the moral issue of going after him in the first place, this trade gets a B-.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 03: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans in action against the Tennessee Titans during a game at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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