Packers don’t make any moves prior to the NFL trade deadline

Brian Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur, Mark Murphy (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Brian Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur, Mark Murphy (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The NFL trade deadline has passed, and the Green Bay Packers didn’t make a move.

At 7-1 and in contention for one of the NFC’s top seeds, it seemed possible they could look to address one of their biggest remaining needs. Wide receiver could’ve been an option. But with the deadline now gone, any additions to the roster will be by signing free agents from this point on.

Is it surprising the Packers didn’t make a move? Not really. It all comes down to value.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that they had interest in New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson. But it depends on what the Jets wanted in return. While Anderson would’ve been a good addition to Green Bay’s offense, Gutekunst made the right call not to make a deal if the Jets were looking for a high draft pick.

Demovsky also reported that the Packers did make one roster move on Tuesday, re-signing kick returner Tremon Smith. This makes sense as Darrius Shepherd has struggled in that role. Smith would be a good choice to take over on returns.

Anytime you can add talent to your roster and help a position of need, it’s worth doing. But at the same time, the Packers were right not to overpay and panic at any position. After all, they’re 7-1 and playing some great football on both sides of the ball. They don’t have a perfect roster, no team does.

Bringing in another receiver would’ve been nice, at the right price, but the Packers should take a lot of confidence from how they’ve moved the ball in the four games without Davante Adams.

Adams’ injury has opened the door for Allen Lazard to show what he can do, and he deserves to be in the top three of the depth chart moving forward, even when Adams returns.

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