Now that it is June, NFL teams can trade or release players, more so when they can spread the salary cap hit over two years instead of one. This month will bring many changes for the teams. For instance, the Packers couldn’t afford Aaron Rodgers from a financial standpoint until now. They won’t be considering any NFL trades for him. However, other players like Julio Jones and Zach Ertz may be moved.
In 2022, the salary cap is also expected to increase up to $208.2 million. This will give NFL teams more flexibility to make newsworthy moves.
Here’s a look at some players who may be NFL trades or releases.
The 7-time Pro Bowl quarterback became a topic of NFL trades speculation because of the questions he raised against the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson raised questions that Seattle was not doing enough to put a winning product around him. However, Pete Carroll, the Seahawks coach, and John Schneider, the general manager, stopped those rumors. Accordingly, Seattle would have taken a #39 million cap hit if they traded Wilson already. The amount has now decreased to $13 million.
Jones said last week that he is ready to leave the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have been having salary cap issues. Moreover, the 32-year-old player counts $23 million against it for 2021. If Atlanta decides to trade him now, they can save $15 million. Also, last season, he had 51 receptions for 771 and 3 touchdowns in nine games. He is guaranteed $15.3 million this season. But, there might be another team looking to get him and will restructure his deal.
Ertz has already said goodbye to the Philadelphia Eagles in a news conference after the season. However, Howie Roseman, the Eagles general manager, has not found an acceptable NFL trades offer. The three-time Pro Bowl tight end is coming off his worst season. He caught 36 passes for 335 yards and one TD in 11 games. Also, this season he is scheduled to earn $8.5 million. Additionally, he may count $4.2 million dead money in 2021 and $3.6 million in 2022.
Although the reigning NFL MVP player has expressed his frustration with the Green Bay Packers, the team insisted that he’s staying. Green Bay would have incurred a $33.8 million dead cap charge in 2021 by trading Rodgers before June. Furthermore, the Packers may also free up $22.8 million in salary-cap space in 2021 and another $25.5 million in 2022. Lastly, they can clear the contract off-book completely for 2023. But the club hasn’t reached a point where they want to part ways with Rodgers.
According to Packers coach Matt Lafluer, “We want him back in the worst way. I know he knows that, and we’ll continue to work at it each and every day.”
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