With the rosters needing to be trimmed to 53 men, there are still some major question marks. Every team will need to cut players to reach the roster limit. Some teams, however, may need to trade players before tomorrow at 4 pm ET. Players will count against the cap if cut or traded after the deadline and it would leave some teams on the hook for major contracts. Will they keep their players or move them to be compliant with the deadline?
Here’s a look at the top players rumored to be available before tomorrow’s roster cut.
Trade Candidate: WR Denzel Mims, NY Jets
Mims could provide the biggest boost for a team out of anyone available. Early last week, Mims requested a trade from the Jets citing a lack of playing time and claiming “It just didn’t work out”. Nobody really understands what the issue has been. He hasn’t been on the field much for the Jets and when he has it has been minuscule, meaningless plays. His lack of playing time means he has either struggled in practice, or his attitude has been an issue.
Perhaps Mims really does have it in him since he has gotten close to no chances so far in his young career. Mims proved he could play in college, hauling in multiple 1000 yard seasons and a 12 touchdown season as well. He clearly has talent but he needs a place where he can use his skills to benefit the team. The Jets have just cut Calvin Jackson Jr which bodes well for Mims staying despite his trade request. Multiple teams should be interested including the Cowboys, Panthers, and Bears. The Panthers just grabbed Laviska Shenault Jr, but they may look to add another receiver.
Perhaps the Packers could be in on Mims as well? Very unlikely, but it is certainly a move the fans want.
Trade Candidate: RB Ronald Jones II, KC Chiefs
The 2022 preseason has certainly not been going the way Ronald Jones had hoped for. Jones was added to compliment and push starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Instead, it looks as if Jones is being pushed by Jerick McKinnon and CBS had suggested a couple weeks ago that Jones could be on the outside looking in.
Since then, the only answer the Chiefs staff has given is his chances of making the team “Okay” at the time. It certainly wasn’t a positive answer for someone who was brought in with big expectations. Jones saw only four rushes all preseason and was limited in joint practices as well.
Instead of just cutting him, the Chiefs may look to flip Jones for anything they can get. Expect a late round pick for anyone who may look for a running back.