NFL preseason trade tracker 2022 — players and teams to watch before roster cuts

While NFL cut-down day is just around the corner, players being released and free-agent signings aren’t the only moves that happen during August in the NFL.

Teams also use trades, as they are not only useful in shoring up inconsistent position groups, but also a way to get value from players who might get released when the rosters are pared down to 53 players.

Therefore, we came up with a one-stop place to look at the transactions that will shape the coming season. Teams have been busy making deals in August, with wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., quarterback Nick Mullens and wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside among the players dealt so far.

We tracked every deal since training camp began, with analysis and highlights from our team of NFL reporters (latest info on top).

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Date: Aug. 30

The Minnesota Vikings sent guard Jesse Davis to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Davis was signed by the Vikings in March after being released by the Miami Dolphins, where Davis played for five seasons.

Date: Aug. 30

The Houston Texans traded defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and a seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for a sixth-round pick. Blacklock was a second-round pick by Houston in 2020 and has only started three games in his two seasons in the league. He had 22 tackles and two sacks in 2021.

Date: Aug. 30

The Las Vegas Raiders are sending cornerback Trayvon Mullen Jr., a second-round pick in 2019, to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional 2023 draft pick. The pick is currently a seventh-rounder but could move up to a sixth. Mullen only played in five games last season due to injury after playing all 32 (starting 26) in his first two seasons.

Date: Aug. 30

The Denver Broncos are sending outside linebacker Malik Reed to the Pittsburgh Steelers for late-pick draft compensation, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Reed, who is entering his fourth season, had 43 tackles and five sacks for Denver in 2021.

Date: Aug. 30

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Eagles received Gardner-Johnson and the Saints’ 2025 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round draft pick and the worse of their two sixth-round draft picks in 2024, the source told Schefter. Gardner-Johnson, who has experience both as a slot corner and safety, is expected to play safety in Philadelphia.

Date: Aug. 30

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded linebacker Grant Stuard and a 2023 seventh-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2023 sixth-rounder. Stuard, a seventh-round pick in last year’s draft, had 15 tackles as a rookie.

Date: Aug. 29

The Tennessee Titans acquired offensive lineman Dennis Daley and a seventh-round draft pick in 2024 from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2024. Daley was a sixth-round pick by the Panthers in 2019 and played 15 games a year ago, starting nine.

Date: Aug. 29

The Carolina Panthers acquired another weapon for quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday, trading with the Jacksonville Jaguars for wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., the team announced. The Panthers will send undisclosed draft compensation to Jacksonville.

Date: Aug. 24

The Philadelphia Eagles sent defensive back Ugo Amadi to the Tennessee Titans in a trade involving 2024 late-round picks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Amadi was in Philadelphia for nine days, as he was traded to the Eagles from the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 15.

Date: Aug. 23

The Green Bay Packers traded offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen, a Green Bay native, to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a seventh-round draft pick in 2023. Van Lanen was a sixth-round draft pick by the Packers in 2021.

Date: Aug. 22

The Minnesota Vikings acquired quarterback Nick Mullens from the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday for a conditional 2024 draft pick, giving them an additional option behind starter Kirk Cousins amid an uneven summer for his incumbent backups. Mullens will get a chance to unseat Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond, who have been competing for the job.

Date: Aug. 22

The Buffalo Bills have traded guard Cody Ford to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round draft pick. Ford was initially drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft out of Oklahoma to be the team’s right tackle of the future opposite left tackle Dion Dawkins. Things, however, did not go according to plan.

Date: Aug. 17

The Tennessee Titans acquired safety Tyree Gillespie from the Las Vegas Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2024. Gillespie, a fourth-round pick by the Raiders in 2021, played mostly on special teams as a rookie. He had eight combined tackles in 11 games played in 2021.

Date: Aug. 15

The Seahawks acquired wide receiver/tight end J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in a trade with the Eagles in exchange for defensive back Ugo Amadi. The Seahawks were planning to cut Amadi as part of their first wave of roster reductions, according to a source, but instead found a trade partner and a reinforcement at a position that’s been thinned by injuries. Whiteside, a second-round pick out of Stanford in 2019, has a combined 16 catches for 290 yards and a touchdown in 40 games over three seasons.

Date: Aug. 10

The Dolphins initially traded Adam Shaheen, who is entering his sixth NFL season, to the Texans along with a 2023 seventh-round draft pick in exchange from a 2023 sixth-rounder from Houston, but Shaheen failed his physical due to a preexisting knee injury and was sent back to Miami. The Dolphins proceeded to place Shaheen on IR.