2023 NFL Season: 3 major in-season trades that could go down

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Depending on how the 2023 NFL season begins for teams, they may be motivated to buy or sell at the trade deadline, creating some major trades.  For me personally, my favorite part of the NFL is free agency and when major trades go down.  The drama that comes from both is just addicting to me.

Well, the 2023 NFL free agency period was like any other; electric and dramatic.  The 2023 NFL season itself could also bring some of the same feelings.  Depending on how the season goes before the trade deadline, certain teams may be motivated to buy or sell at the deadline.  This could cause a few major trades to go down.  We do see this pretty regularly.

Buying and selling at the deadline is common across all major professional sports.  In the NFL, where success seems to be desired quicker than in other sports, teams are more motivated to take some huge risks.

Could we see a few major trades go down during the 2023 NFL season?  Let’s detail a few that could happen.

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 13: 2023 NFL season, Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during a mandatory Minicamp at AdventHealth Training Center on June 13, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

2023 NFL Season: 3 major in-season trades that could go down

WR Mike Evans to the New York Giants

What exactly did the New York Giants do at wide receiver this year besides re-signing some of their own players?  They still don’t have a true #1 at the position, which could present a problem.  The problem could be amplified if RB Saquon Barkley and the Giants cannot come to an agreement on a long-term deal and Barkley holds out.

Daniel Jones is a pedestrian QB who played pretty average last year with some excellent coaching from Brian Daboll.  He’s that type of QB who needs a lot around him to go right in order to be efficient.  Well, the Giants could help Jones’ cause if they were able to acquire stud wide receiver and future Hall of Famer Mike Evans.

Evans, entering his age-30 season, is entering the last year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Buccaneers are not going to be a competitive team this year, I don’t think, and a full rebuild for the team feels likely.  Well, even though Evans is a top-10 WR in the NFL, he likely isn’t someone they’d build around in a rebuild.

His age and potential desire to no longer play in Tampa given how the beginning of the 2023 NFL season goes could create a situation where Evans wants out, and I would not blame him.   In his first nine seasons, he’s had at least 1,000 receiving yards.  Besides his career statistics being appealing to the eyes, he’s been an absurdly productive wide receiver even though he’s usually not thought if in the upper tier of WRs in the NFL, for some reason.

The New York Giants’ offense would achieve new heights with Evans in the mix.