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Surprise NFL Players Who Could Get Traded, Cut After 2024 Draft

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel sits a podium before pre-Super Bowl interview
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) during a press conference before Super Bowl LVIII at Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2024 NFL Draft behind us, rosters for all 32 NFL teams are taking shape. But as we all know, roster building is a year-round process. Teams will make more moves in the coming weeks and months as they prepare for training camp in August. A bunch of rookies are coming in so other players look like the odd man out.

Let’s look at some players in that situation after this past week’s draft. 

Surprise Cut, Trade Candidates

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore
New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) during minicamp at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center. (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)

Marshon Lattimore, CB, New Orleans Saints

There have been on-and-off discussions around the league about whether or not the New Orleans Saints would trade Marshon Lattimore this offseason. 

The Saints quietly renegotiated his contract last December to allow the possibility of a trade, but it would only make sense from a cap standpoint if it happened after June 1. The speculation will only grow with New Orleans trading up in the second round for Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry.

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (6) breaks the tackle attempt of New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) and safety Jordan Howden (31). (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)

Miles Sanders, RB, Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers used a second-round selection on Texas RB Jonathon Brooks, who will team up with Chuba Hubbard. 

The Panthers signed Miles Sanders last offseason to a four-year, $25.4 million contract, and he has $6 million guaranteed this season. If Carolina trades him, it’d likely need to absorb some of that money.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerbacks James Bradberry, center, and Darius Slay, right
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry (24) celebrates with cornerback Darius Slay (2) and linebacker Christian Elliss (53) after his interception against the Buffalo Bills. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

James Bradberry, CB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles made it clear they needed to improve the secondary in the draft, and they did, selecting Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell in the first round and trading up for Iowa’s Cooper DeJean in the second round. 

James Bradberry was a disappointment last season, and it’s fair to wonder what his role will be if Mitchell and/or DeJean prove they deserve to be on the field right away alongside Darius Slay.

Treylon Burks
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) catches a pass against Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. (9) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Treylon Burks, WR, Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans signed Calvin Ridley to a massive contract in free agency, adding him alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Treylon Burks

Despite that, they still have quietly been in the receiver market, and there was some talk in league circles that they considered Rome Odunze with the No. 7 pick before settling on Alabama OT JC Latham. 

After the draft, they scheduled a meeting with Bengals free agent WR Tyler Boyd. Tennessee’s actions seem to indicate that its front office, which didn't draft Burks, and its new coaching staff aren’t too high on the former first-round pick, so he could be available.

Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers dabbled with the idea of trading Deebo Samuel during draft week but never received a good enough offer. 

The plan is to retain Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. If a team becomes desperate for a receiver in the coming months because of an injury and shows interest in Samuel, the 49ers could move him. The only scenario I see that happening is if the trade involves a player returning to San Francisco. 

Otherwise, the 49ers are prepared to run it back.

New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) throws a pass against the New York Jets. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

Bailey Zappe, QB, New England Patriots

Bailey Zappe started the final six games of last season, but he clearly didn’t show enough for the new leaders in New England. 

The New England Patriots signed Jacoby Brissett, drafted Drake Maye at No. 3 and took a flier on Tennessee QB Joe Milton in the sixth round. That makes Zappe the odd man out. 

It’s hard to envision much of a trade market for Zappe, who was cut last year and went unclaimed on waivers. His time in New England could be nearing an end, barring something unforeseen.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (88) with the ball. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Terrace Marshall, WR, Carolina Panthers

Terrace Marshall has been trying to leave Carolina since last season and received permission to seek a trade, only to find there wasn’t much of a market. 

After trading for Diontae Johnson and drafting Xavier Legette, it’s hard to see Marshall getting much playing time entering the final year of his rookie contract. A fresh start just makes too much sense.

Miami Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (23) runs through the Buffalo Bills defense in Miami Gardens.

Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins drafted Tennessee RB Jaylen Wright in the fourth round, adding him to the mix with De'Von Achane and Raheem Mostert. 

Miami, which is tight against the cap, would clear $1.2M if it moved on from Jeff Wilson Jr.

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr. (65) prepares to block against Tennessee Titans linebacker Arden Key (49). (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Dan Moore Jr., OT, Pittsburgh Steelers

Dan Moore Jr. has started 49 games in three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his time as a starter could end with the drafting of Troy Fautanu. 

Moore had his fair share of struggles, but Pittsburgh could consider keeping him as a reserve option. He’s entering the final year of his rookie contract.