Imagine an offense with Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Aaron Jones and Antonio Brown. Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst should make it happen.
Antonio Brown is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, and he could be available via a trade.
Now, if trading for Brown will cost the Packers a first-round pick, then I’d completely understand if Brian Gutekunst decided not to make a move. But according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, it might only take a Day 2 pick to make a trade:
"“This answer will crystallize at the NFL scouting combine later this month, but two high-ranking NFL execs say if trading for Brown, they probably would give up a Day 2 pick (second or third round) for his services. One said that could fall to a fourth-round pick, depending on what’s discovered in the process.”"
The Packers have six picks inside the top-112 overall, including two in the fourth round.
What kind of impact could Brown have in the Packers offense? Well, just take a look at his stats.
Brown has hit 1,000 receiving yards in seven of the past eight seasons, including six straight, has posted 1,500 or more yards three times (and finished on 1,499 once, too) and has at least eight touchdowns in each of the past six seasons. This past season, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Now imagine Brown playing alongside Davante Adams, who finished 2018 with 1,386 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
What about the cap hit? Well, according to Spotrac, it’s not as bad as you might think.
Yes, Brown’s 2019 cap hit of $15.13 million would be the second highest on the team, but the Packers have the cap room to make it work. Randall Cobb‘s cap hit in 2018 was $12.53 million, according to Spotrac, but he’s a free agent this offseason.
For Brown, a trade to Green Bay would give him a great chance to win a Super Bowl. He would make the Packers offense arguably the best in the league, especially if they selected a tight end early in the draft and added more depth at running back.
As is always the case with a trade, it all comes down to what the Steelers want in return. A first-rounder might be too much to ask (although the Packers do have two), but if the Steelers are willing to accept a couple of Day 2 selections, the Packers should make an offer.