3 moves Packers can make to replace Allen Lazard at wide receiver

Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb
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Moves the Packers won’t make

Before we get into the three moves the Packers could make at wide receiver, let’s first look at some possibilities that are unrealistic for various reasons.

When considering trading for a wide receiver, one of the key factors to consider is the contract.

For that reason, it’s highly unlikely the Packers will be able to trade for a wide receiver like Randall Cobb or Jamison Crowder. There’s no doubt that both players could help this offense. Cobb impressed last season with the Dallas Cowboys and currently leads the Houston Texans in receiving, not to mention he already has a great connection with Aaron Rodgers.

But Cobb is in the first season of a three-year deal worth $27 million with the Texans. There’s no chance the Packers will want to make that move.

From a talent perspective, Crowder could also help the Packers. And with the New York Jets falling to 0-4 on Thursday night, they should absolutely be in the trade market looking to bring in draft picks. But, again, Crowder has a big deal; he’s in year two of a three-year contract worth $28.5 million and has a cap hit of $10 million this year.

We can also rule out a trade for Odell Beckham Jr. I’d love to see the Packers bring him in, but with the cap hit likely to be reduced next year, as well as the upcoming free agents for Green Bay, it would be difficult to make it work.