Tricks of the trade: NFL sees players scatter


Bella Lee, Staff writer

Now that the Super Bowl is over, there are several months until the new season begins.
With that and the NFL Draft on the horizon, this means that one of the more exciting times of the year is here: trade season.
To put it simply, players are going all over the place.
One surprising move was seeing former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield get signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year, $8.5 million deal.
Many people know Mayfield as the former quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. He did not end on great terms with the team and the city after he left to go to the Rams.
Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, still fresh on a Super Bowl win, opted to sign with the New England Patriots.
One particular team that has seen a lot of signings and trades is the Carolina Panthers.
Their moves include signing Cincinnati Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst to a three-year deal, signing New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year contract worth $10 million, signing Bengals safety Vonn Bell, and signing Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders.
The three main teams represented on campus, the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, all had lots of moves and signings made, so let’s look at them.
Many of the Bills’ signings include Houston Texans quarterback Kyle Allen, Saints wide receiver Deonte Harty, Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Connor McGovern and solidifying extensions for current players, like linebacker Matt Milano, safety Jordan Poyer and punter Sam Martin.
The Browns and the Steelers equally saw lots of great moves. Signings for the Browns included Texans tight end Jordan Akins, Texans defensive end Ogbo Okoronkwo, San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson.
Players signed to the Steelers included New York Jets offensive guard Nate Herbig, Eagles offensive guard Isaac Seumalo, Washington Commanders linebacker Cole Holcomb and Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson.
There were also some shocking releases of players from teams that they had been with for a long time, including the Dallas Cowboys releasing running back Ezekiel Elliott.
The Washington Commanders, saw both sad releases and hopeful signings, like quarterback Taylor Heinicke going to the Atlanta Falcons and the Commanders signing former Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
There are more acquisitions daily, and players/coaches are headed to new teams across the league.
As of right now, the Carolina Panthers have the first pick in the NFL draft this year after making a trade with the Chicago Bears.
Fortunately, the NFL season is just a few more months away, so we can’t wait to see what else happens with trades and the draft!