Albert Okwuegbunam entered the 2022 NFL season as a popular breakout pick at the tight end position. It made sense considering the departure of Noah Fant and the welcomed addition of quarterback Russell Wilson. He has fallen down the depth chart with each passing week, though.
Okwuegbunam played in a combined 16 offensive snaps in Weeks 4 & 5 before being deemed a healthy scratch in Week 6. He has fallen out of favor with the Broncos coaches and is receiving trade interest as a result. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely trade destinations for Albert O.
Albert Okwuegbunam Trade Rumors
1. Carolina Panthers
Only five teams in the NFL have targeted the tight end position less than the Panthers have through six weeks of action. This comes after Carolina tight ends finished the 2021 season with the second-fewest targets in the NFL. Former head coach Matt Rhule's offensive scheme may be a reason for a small workload, but Carolina's talent at TE isn't exactly amazing, either. Ian Thomas hasn't posted more than 200 yards in a season since 2018 and Tommy Tremble is still attempting to make a name for himself as a 2021 third-round pick. Trading a late-round pick for Okwuegbunam would be one way for the Panthers to shake things up on offense.
2. Las Vegas Raiders
Darren Waller is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and his backup Forster Moreau has proven to be a capable replacement when needed. The only problem is that neither of those guys can stay healthy in 2022. Waller missed Las Vegas' Week 5 contest and is still not practicing with a hamstring injury after the Raiders' Week 6 bye. Meanwhile, Moreau hasn't suited up since Week 3 due to a knee injury. Las Vegas owns a 1-4 record and know that things need to start turning around soon. Okwuegbunam has logged 501 yards and 3 touchdowns on 51 catches in his career. He can be the fill-in option Las Vegas is in desperate need of.
3. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys find themselves in a similar situation as the Raiders. Dalton Schultz dominated the 2021 season with 808 yards and 8 touchdowns on 78 receptions. However, he has missed the last four weeks of action with a nagging knee issue and Dallas has since turned to rookie Jake Ferguson. Ferguson scored his first career touchdown in Week 6, but has hauled in only 7 of his 10 targets for 60 yards on the season. Okwuegbunam would give quarterback Dak Prescott a veteran player to target in the passing attack until Schultz is able to make his return. He only has 3 drops in his career. Once Schultz returns, Albert O can serves as a reliable mentor for Ferguson.
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