One of the biggest dominoes of the 2023 NFL offseason has fallen, with. But lots more is on tap, with free agency right around the corner. Technically, teams can strike trade agreements anytime between now and the start of the legal tampering period on March 13, but deals can't become official until the start of the league year on March 15.
With that in mind, here are nine different blockbusters we think would make sense for both sides:
Aaron Rodgers to the Jets
Jets get: QB Aaron Rodgers
Packers get: 2023 second-round pick, 2024 conditional first-rounder
If Rodgers doesn't retire, a split from Green Bay after 18 seasons really does make sense. The Packers are primed to get an extended look at Jordan Love, who flashed true arm talent in limited work last year, and could use the relief of resources that would accompany a Rodgers trade. The Jets, meanwhile, might be better off pursuing a top draft prospect in the long term. But few teams are as well-rounded without a proven QB; even if Rodgers is past his MVP prime, his addition alongside an ascending run game, receiving corps and defense would surely propel New York into playoff contention.
49ers get: QB Kirk Cousins
Vikings get: 2023 third-round pick, 2024 second-rounder
You thought Rodgers was the only NFC North QB set for a big move? Cousins is the contemporary poster child for Trey Lance and Brock Purdy to be patient in rehab and/or actively shopped down the road. As for the Vikings? Freed of annual re-commitments to Cousins, they could explore a trade up in the draft and/or a cheaper placeholder (old friend Teddy Bridgewater?) as they restock premium positions on both sides of the ball.; while his resume and traits have a surefire ceiling, he's been too productive to convince his bosses that the alternative -- a total rebuild -- is worth the risk. But Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is forward-thinking, and the 49ers know better than anyone how important it is to have multiple options under center. Reuniting Cousins with Kyle Shanahan would allow both
Derrick Henry to the Dolphins
Dolphins get: RB Derrick Henry
Titans get: 2023 third-round draft pick
No one should be in the business of paying big bucks to a nearly 30-year-old bruising running back with almost 2,000 career touches, which explains why the rebuilding Titans are reportedly shopping the former All-Pro. With Ryan Tannehill's future also up in the air, it's a no-brainer for Tennessee to thank Henry and bid him adieu. The Dolphins, meanwhile, have no real answers under contract in the backfield, and they've already signaled they're in win-now mode by adding Tyreek Hill and Vic Fangio for very different but equally important roles the last two years. He'd also lessen the burden on QB Tua Tagovailoa.
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Chris Godwin to the Ravens
Buccaneers get: 2023 third-round pick, 2024 conditional fifth-rounder
Ravens get: WR Chris Godwin
Tampa Bay just extended Godwin on a $60 million deal last offseason, but a lot has changed since then; Tom Brady is gone, Mike Evans also costs a lot, and the Bucs badly need to free up money as they restock both sides of the ball. Other teams may not be jumping to pay a premium after Godwin looked less explosive coming off a serious knee injury, but he's still topped 1,000 yards three times in the last four years, and at 27, he's theoretically got plenty of gas in the tank. Assuming the Ravens retain Lamar Jackson in some form or fashion, why not finally get him a proven No. 1-caliber pass catcher?
DeAndre Hopkins to the Bears
Bears get: WR DeAndre Hopkins, 2023 fifth-round pick
Cardinals get: 2023 second-rounder, 2023 fifth-rounder
Arizona has little reason to retain Hopkins at his massive price tag -- he's due $30.75M in 2023 -- while rebuilding under a new coach and GM pairing, especially with Marquise Brown in tow for the rehabbing Kyler Murray. The Bears, meanwhile, to acquire an alpha out wide. Even if Chicago collects picks it can use on younger pass-catching help in the draft, the Bears could use a reliable possession target for QB Justin Fields, and Hopkins is exactly that when on the field. His presence alone could offset the misfire that was the Chase Claypool trade in 2022, lessening Darnell Mooney's burden, too.
Brandin Cooks to the Cowboys
Cowboys get: WR Brandin Cooks
Texans get: 2023 conditional fourth-round pick
Dallas was reportedly all over Cooks during the 2022 in-season trade deadline, but Houston retained the disgruntled wideout. Now, the Texans should be ready to sell his $26.5M cap hit, even if securing a pick may mean eating some of that money. Cooks has battled injuries before, but he somehow won't turn 30 until late-September, and he's still got top-level speed and route-running ability, making him a logical plug-and-play complement to CeeDee Lamb.
Darren Waller to the Giants
Giants get: TE Darren Waller
Raiders get: 2023 third-round pick
Assuming Daniel Jones is back in New York, the Giants figure to prioritize downfield weapons for the young QB. And with the veteran WR market lacking star power, GM Joe Schoen could opt to reallocate some of their excess cap space to the TE spot, where Waller has peaked as one of the game's best. Availability has been an issue for the former Pro Bowler recently, hence Vegas' reported willingness to deal the veteran as it rebuilds post-Derek Carr. But New York can afford to use one of its two third-rounders to give Jones easily the most talented safety valve of his career.
Cameron Jordan to the Broncos
Broncos get: DE Cameron Jordan
Saints get: 2023 third-round pick, 2023 fifth-rounder
Sean Payton might prefer to accumulate picks rather than trade them away as he wades into his first year as Broncos coach, but he also knows the value of leadership, and Jordan was an anchor of his team for more than a decade in New Orleans. Entering a contract year with the Saints, the edge rusher could be primed for a fresh start as Dennis Allen's squad moves money for Derek Carr. He'd also fill a need for Denver, which lost Bradley Chubb via trade in 2022 and can't really count on Randy Gregory.
Jalen Ramsey to the Eagles
Eagles get: CB Jalen Ramsey
Rams get: 2023 first-round pick (No. 30), 2024 conditional fourth-rounder
The Rams are finally paying for their all-star investments, shopping Ramsey three years after giving him a record $105M extension. Fresh off his second Super Bowl appearance in six seasons, Eagles GM Howie Roseman loves himself a splashy upgrade, especially in the secondary. And with two starters -- CB James Bradberry and S C.J. Gardner-Johnson -- hitting free agency, he'd essentially be swapping them out for a single shutdown complement to Darius Slay in Ramsey, whose ultra-competitive spirit and swagger would fit right in with the Philadelphia market.