A recent article has features a trade prediction that has the Arizona Cardinals acquiring Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool.
After the Arizona Cardinals got embarrassed by the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in the wild card round of the 2021 playoffs, the speculation immediately began about what the Cardinals needed to do to fix their problems this offseason.
Thanks in part to the entire situation that has been surrounding Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray situation, countless trade ideas have started popping up.
Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine recently shared what he believes are the ideal trade scenarios for all 32 teams in the NFL this year. For the Cardinals, Ballentine has them making a deal for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert will be retiring later this year, and it’s possible that the players that are still on the roster from his tenure could be on their way out. That’s part of the reason why Ballentine thinks someone like Claypool could be traded this offseason.
It would be great for Arizona to add someone of Claypool’s frame to go over the middle, but the character issues are for the young receiver are still a big concern.
Many still remember back during a Week 14 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings last season when Claypool felt the need to celebrate after a catch that resulted in a first down despite Pittsburgh having no timeouts as they were attempting to tie the game in the final minute of the fourth quarter. His decision to celebrate cost the Steelers valuable seconds off the clock in a game that ultimately resulted in them losing.
This moment from last season is one that might cause some to think that there’s no reason for Arizona to entertain any sort of trade for Claypool this year.
Landing Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Chase Claypool was not the only trade proposal that featured the Arizona Cardinals
In addition to Claypool landing with the Cardinals, Ballentine also shared a trade proposal that has Arizona sending Kyler Murray to the Detroit Lions.
Those Lions just can’t get enough of NFC West quarterbacks, can they? It’s also a play on the old saying, “If you can’t beat them, join ’em!”.
So how ironic would it be that the Cardinals would ship off Murray to Detroit, a team with two first-round picks and a handful more in the early rounds of the draft?
Murray has been frustrated ever since the Pro Bowl ended and he has been the talk of the offseason so far, garnering more attention than the two teams that played in Super Bowl LVI.
Perhaps Arizona would use any picks they got from the Lions to trade for another quarterback or draft one if they got the second overall selection.
Murray has an 0-2-1 record against Detroit, and if he played in the NFC North, he’d be much more effective in a weaker division than in the NFC West.
So if there were ever a place to trade a player and say “prove it,” it would be to the Lions. A team who has struggled to win for the latter part of the last 50 years, minus the team’s only NFC Championship appearance in 1991.
A first-round pick and perhaps Amon-Ra St. Brown in return for Murray would be an excellent trade for Arizona. So maybe the “Murray to Detroit” idea doesn’t sound so bad after all.