Until he was traded to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Julio Jones was the talk around most NFL trade circles. Now that he's off the board, fans and expert are focusing on which player could be traded next. The NFL offseason is far from over, which means teams aren't finished making trades to flesh out their roster.
Keeping that in mind, here's a look at the three most likely players to be traded next following the Jones deal.
NFL Trade Rumors
1. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
For the last several months, it's been no secret that Zach Ertz wants out of the Philadelphia Eagles organization. The veteran tight end requested a trade earlier this year, so it makes sense that he could be the next name to find himself in a trade. Wherever he ends up next season, Ertz will be looking to bounce back from a career-worst performance in 2020 that saw him record 335 receiving yards and a single touchdown in 11 games. He's scheduled to have a cap hit of $12.7 million next season, according to Spotrac.
2. Chandler Jones, OLB, Arizona Cardinals
When J.J. Watt joined the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, the team's fans salivated at the thought of him teaming up with Chandler Jones. Unfortunately, that may not be the case. The Cardinals and Jones, who will be a free agent after 2021, are in a stalemate when it comes to contract extension discussions, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. If a deal can't be reached, the Cardinals could trade Jones sooner than later instead of letting him walk for free next offseason. The three-time Pro-Bowler has 221 total tackles, 61.0 sacks and 17 forced fumbles over the last five seasons in Arizona.
3. Nick Foles, QB, Chicago Bears
Ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, it was looking like Nick Foles would be the Chicago Bears' backup quarterback once again, this time to Andy Dalton. However, things changed when the team used their first-round selection to draft Justin Fields as their QB of the future, leaving Foles without a real role. According to NFL insider Daniel Greenberg back in May, the Bears tried shopping Foles around, however, they've been unsuccessful so far. While the veteran signal-caller may not be one of the top players at his position, he'd still serve as a good mentor to a young quarterback or at least give a team some security in the event of an injury. Foles started in seven games for the Bears in 2021, throwing for 1,852 passing yards and 10 touchdowns to 8 interceptions.
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