The 2023 NFL offseason is bound to be filled with a ton of activity. Who are three big name players who could be traded in the coming months? The NFL is a business at the end of the day, and even the most loyal players could see their teams trade them.
Over the last couple of offseason periods, teams have seem to have become more aggressive with their roster building. We’ve seen a ton of quarterback movement and other trades for big-name players.
Organizations are trending towards wanting immediate success, which is understandable, so there’s this “arm’s race” vibe that is taking over the league. As it pertains to some noteworthy players, could we see more of them traded this offseason?
3 big name players who could be traded this offseason
Not only was the ninth-year quarterback benched, but he was essentially made inactive and reportedly left the team to not be a distraction. The Raiders were actually still in the playoff hunt as well, which made this decision even more baffling.
There have seemingly always been rumors of the Raiders wanting to move off of Derek Carr, and I think we finally see that come true in 2023. He did sign a massive extension last offseason, but it’s incredibly moveable.
If the Raiders cut or trade Derek Carr and designate it post-June 1, they only incur slightly under $2 million in dead cap and will save $33 million on their 2023 cap number. This seemed to be done on purpose when the extension was signed.
The Raiders have a clear out from Carr’s contract, and I do think they end up getting a draft pick for him. There are a few QB-needy teams that might want the stability that Carr can bring. He’s not elite and never has been, but he’s consistently average, and for some teams, that’s better than what they currently have.
Teams like the Washington Commanders and New York Jets who desperately need stability in the position could come calling.