Packers in trade market for running back, per report

Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers might not be done adding talent at running back.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst continues to look for ways to improve the roster, even less than two weeks away from the start of the regular season.

And his attention has turned to running back. On Saturday, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that the Packers had released running back Darrin Hall. Interestingly, Demovsky also noted that Gutekunst has been “looking for another back in the trade market”.

The Packers have an excellent number one running back in Aaron Jones, who led the league in yards per carry last season. But with an emphasis placed on running backs being able to contribute as receivers in Matt LaFleur’s offense, could Gutekunst look to bring in a receiving back?

If that’s the case, there could be a number of options for the Packers. But one player they could consider is Buffalo Bills running back TJ Yeldon.

Ryan Talbot of New York Upstate wrote last week that Yeldon is on the Bills’ roster bubble. If the Bills, a team with depth at running back, are considering moving on from Yeldon, they’d surely be willing to listen to a potential trade offer from the Packers.

So, why would the Packers have interest in Yeldon?

For starters, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett knows all about him. Yeldon played in Hackett’s offense for three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

His pass-catching ability could also make him a perfect addition to LaFleur’s offense. In four seasons, Yeldon has 1,872 rushing yards and six touchdowns, but he also has 1,302 receiving yards with six touchdowns.

Entering the season with Jones, Jamaal Williams, Dexter Williams and Yeldon would give the team a lot of talent at running back.

Whether the Packers make a trade for Yeldon, or any other running back, remains to be seen. But it’s interesting to hear they have interest in adding a back.