1. Blockbuster Trade Idea #3: The Hollywood Brown Deal
Chiefs trade: 2nd round pick (2024)
Cardinals trade: Marquise Brown, WR
Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort is manning the controls of a dumpster fire down in Phoenix, and a sale is on the horizon. Between a first-year, defensive-minded head coach in Rich Gannon and the frustration station that is the quarterback situation, his hands are tied. Fortunately, for a potential suitor such as the Chiefs, Hollywood Brown won't command the same capital that was spent to bring him to AZ in the first place. It's not for a lack of production, though, as he has been the leading receiver on the team thus far.
The initial reaction of Kansas City reuniting with Mecole Hardman last week was that the team would be less likely to buy another WR before the deadline. However, as previously mentioned in the hypothetical Mike Evans trade, the wide receiver room has been disappointing enough to warrant an overhaul. By all accounts, Rashee Rice has been more inspiring than Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney has been a liability, and MVS has been nonexistent.
By continuing the trend of spending second-round picks on wide receiver talent, Brett Veach would introduce a proven playmaker to the offense. Marquise Brown would command enough attention to make supplemental efforts from the likes of Rice and MVS far more impactful.
The biggest speed bump in front of a deal like this is the context behind why the Cardinals went after Brown in the first place. He and quarterback Kyler Murray have a reported long-term friendship together, and Murray is trending toward a sooner-rather-than later return from the ACL he has been rehabbing. Ossenfort may be inclined to keep chemistry a priority throughout his rebuilding efforts, but again, if the team can't show some real signs of life ahead of the deadline, he may not have a choice but to make a big change.