3. Find another receiver, or 689
There has been a lot of justified praise shown to Brian Gutekunst through his two years in charge of the Packers. However, not trading for a wide receiver at the deadline was absolutely indefensible.
Anybody with eyes that can see knew all season long how painful it was to try to watch Geronimo Allison play wide receiver. Marquez Valdes-Scantling came into the year as the team’s number two target (that was bad enough). He caught nine passes starting from November to the end of the season. He had 26 on the entire season.
Notably, there were several impactful receivers available on the block come deadline time. No one knows what always goes on in NFL front offices and it is very possible that the Packers may have had discussions with other teams about adding a receiver and simply couldn’t agree on a deal.
But the reality is, the Packers knowingly let the receiving corps completely dry up and went to war with the NFL’s best defense with Davante Adams and a bunch of practice squad-level wideouts. Green Bay also made that choice despite having three extra draft picks already in their stable going into the draft.
San Fransisco, on the other hand, was already down draft picks from earlier moves and still traded two to get Emmanuel Sanders. Robby Anderson, Sanders, A.J. Green, and a historically deep group of wide receivers in the draft are there for the Packers to pursue this offseason.
4. Add a tight end
Jimmy Graham was a flop. The Packers have him under contract for one more season, but he will surely be let go. Robert Tonyan is also a free agent, leaving Jace Sternberger as the only tight end on the roster heading into next year.
The tight ends in this year’s draft are not exactly exciting. It is possible none of them are picked in the first two rounds. Green Bay needs to again turn to free agency. Austin Hooper is coming off a huge season at just 25 years old. He is a substantially better player than Graham at this stage in his career and would cost roughly the same.
Graham was an expensive Richard Rodgers during his time with the Packers. Adding a tight end who can make catches in traffic and successfully block a defender in the run game would make Packer fans ecstatic.
Eric Ebron and Hunter Henry are also available on the market, but Hooper is both the best player and most physically durable. Sternberger will be involved much more next season, and the team should also strongly consider bringing back Tonyan, who has shown micro-flashes of ability as a receiver.