Will Cardinals WR Andy Isabella be traded before the NFL trade deadline?

With the Cardinals' roster loaded with WR talent, could we see Andy Isabella departing Glendale ahead of the 2021 NFL trade deadline?

After being selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, WR Andy Isabella’s career with the Arizona Cardinals has never really got going. Now, with the 2021 NFL trade deadline creeping ever closer, sources are telling Pro Football Network that the Cardinals are seeking a third-round pick in exchange for the speedy wide receiver.

Andy Isabella has produced when given the opportunity

Opportunities with the Cardinals have certainly been limited for Isabella, who has just 48 targets and 30 receptions since being drafted. As a rookie, Isabella averaged an impressive 21 yards per reception, posting 189 yards on 9 receptions from 13 targets.

The majority of that production came in two games across Weeks 9 and 10. Isabella caught all 4 of his targets in those two games for 166 yards and a touchdown. He then flashed at times in his second year. In Week 2, he had 67 yards on 2 receptions before a 47-yard performance with 2 touchdowns on 4 targets in Week 3.

Unfortunately, those four games represent 23% of his targets, 68% of his receiving yards, and 100% of his touchdown catches. In a Cardinals WR group that is loaded with talent, the opportunities have simply not been there.

Isabella’s contract makes him a low-risk trade target

While the numbers are not there to make Isabella a must-target in the coming days, the risk is relatively low. Isabella carries just a $915,900 salary in 2021, rising to $1.13 million in 2022. None of that salary is guaranteed, so a team could simply make the move to try him out for the rest of the season and then move on in the offseason.

Of course, the price the Cardinals are asking for Isabella is a factor in that. However, if it is simply a late-round pick, he could be a target for several teams, not just contenders. Any team who has an injured starter, or is simply looking to try out a receiver in the second half of the season, should be willing to part with a late-round pick for a former second-round selection.

Potential landing spots for Isabella

What are some intriguing landing spots for Isabella ahead of the trade deadline?

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have lost DJ Chark for the season, and he is a free agent this offseason. Therefore, the Jaguars will likely be looking for a third receiver to play alongside Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault. Even though their season is over from a playoff perspective, they have a chance to get Trevor Lawrence working with a WR who could be a long-term weapon for them.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers’ depth at the wide receiver position has long been a concern. They drafted Josh Palmer in an attempt to address that depth. However, in the upcoming offseason, they will also have a choice to make with Mike Williams.

Thus, adding Isabella could serve a dual purpose. In the short term, he would provide a valuable extra pass catcher as the Chargers look to make a deep playoff run. Looking more in the long term, Isabella could be an intriguing option to replace Mike Williams as the secondary receiver to Keenan Allen.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins brought in Will Fuller on a one-year contract, and given what we have seen so far, it is unlikely he remains. Isabella would make for a dynamic pass-catching option alongside Jaylen Waddle. Maybe Isabella can be the playmaker that the Dolphins have seemingly always hoped Albert Wilson would become.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have not got what they wanted from Jalen Reagor so far. With their season seemingly heading towards disappointment, the Eagles could bring in Isabella and then assess their options at the position for the remainder of the season. If Isabella can provide a secondary option alongside DeVonta Smith, that could be a good boost for Jalen Hurts heading into Year 3.

San Francisco 49ers

The expectation San Fran could lean on a combination of Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk has not come to fruition. Samuel is leading the team with 63 targets with Mohamed Sanu second on the team among receivers with 17. If Aiyuk is not part of the plans for the future, a player like Isabella could provide a nice pivot for the offense away from Samuel.

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