The Green Bay Packers are stuck between a rock and a hard place heading into the NFL trade deadline on October 31. Do they sell, or do they buy?
They’re clearly in a youth movement, but their young players have struggled greater than anyone expected and aren’t trending in the right direction. There are far too many mental mistakes and too few splash plays by their young players toshow the team should be intrigued by their long-term potential.
On the flip side, Green Bay doesn’t have a lot of veterans they can trade away. AJ Dillon and Rasul Douglas are on the very short list of players to consider. However, Dillon is a free agent after the season, and Douglas is playing the best ball of his career (again).
With the 2023 NFL Trade Deadline approaching on October 31st, here’s a 2.0 rankings version of candidates the Green Bay Packers could pursue.
At 2-4, the Packers will have one more game before the trade deadline–a divisional matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are coming off a huge win against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football and are trending in the right direction following a slow start. They aim to hand Green Bay their fourth straight loss and kick them while they’re down. However, Green Bay could spark a belief in their team if they’re able to walk away with a victory.
Regardless of the outcome, Green Bay could look to acquire a veteran to help shore up their team for this season and beyond. It’s hard for the Packers’ front office to accurately assess Jordan Love and the bevy of other young playmakers when there are issues all over the field. Whose really to blame for their massive offensive struggles? If they can improve a couple of critical areas, it will make the evaluation process go a lot smoother.
We’ve seen more trades in the NFL over the past year or so, especially ones that involve a veteran and a late-round draft swap. Not all players listed below will be had at that cheap price, but it’s worth exploring for those veterans who may be. As for the others, it will take considerable draft investment that the Packers will have to weigh against their long-term vision.
For now, here’s a list of players the Packers could consider trading for to improve their current standing.
Budda Baker, Safety, Arizona Cardinals
Irv Smith, Tight End, Cincinnati Bengals
Trent Brown, Offensive Tackle, New England Patriots
Mo Alie-Cox, Tight End, Indianapolis Colts
Leonard Williams, Defensive Line, New York Giants
Justin Simmons, Safety, Denver Broncos
Jaylinn Hawkins, Safety, Atlanta Falcons
Xavier McKinney, Safety, New York Giants
Garett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, New York Giants
D.J. Jones, Defensive Tackle, Denver Broncos
Michael Carter, Running Back, New York Jets