Packers ‘Work Extremely Hard’ to Find the Right Opportunity by Trade Deadline
The Green Bay Packers are leaving no stone unturned as Tuesday’s trade deadline approaches.
Coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that general manager Brian Gutekunst and the team’s front office are “working extremely hard” to find the “right opportunity” in the commercial market.
LaFleur’s remark is far from a guarantee that the Packers will take a step, but as Gutekunst often says, building a list is a job 365 days a year, and the Packers will explore any avenue for improve the list.
The teams have until Tuesday afternoon to conclude an exchange. The Packers, at 7-1 and in possession of the NFC’s No.1 seed after eight weeks, are open to adding a player before the deadline. The team was more open to exploring trades under Gutekunst, but also made sure to find the right person and not overpay.
It’s possible the Packers will be looking for a tight end to help replace Robert Tonyan, who landed on the injured reserve on Monday. Helping the receiver, the seven-way defensive front, or even the cornerback could be other options.
The Packers are legitimate contenders. LaFleur’s team have won seven straight games after surprising the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night despite the absence of several key players, and now Gutekunst has had a few extra days to review his roster and explore the trade market. Doing even a wise move for a cheap veteran could help the Packers retain the No.1 seed and race to the Super Bowl.
The cap deserves consideration. The Packers have about $ 5 million in cap space this year, per Over the Cap, let alone taking into account the wiggle room each team needs to complete a season. But deals can still be made, especially if the team making the swap agrees to pay a salary.
The Los Angeles Rams caused a stir on Monday when they dealt with All-Pro edge rusher Von Miller. Last week, the Cardinals acquired tight end Zach Ertz.
Will Gutekunst have a move to make in response? Or will he hold on, knowing his roster is set to sack several All-Pro players, including Davante Adams and David Bakhtiari as early as this week and possibly Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith later?
Ah, make decisions. The Packers’ search for help has until 3:00 p.m. CT Tuesday.