With the trade deadline coming up, here are three players we’d love to join the Packers, however unrealistic.
After a bit of a clunker performance in Week 6 against the Bucs, the Green Bay Packers are back in the win column following a 35-20 win over the lowly Houston Texans.
The game against Houston got me thinking about the trade deadline and the possible players the Packers could trade for. Then I started thinking about all the players I’d love to see the Packers add at the trade deadline. Most of them were pretty unrealistic.
The Packers aren’t exactly flush with cap space. According to Over the Cap, the Packers have just over $6.7 million in cap space. Trading for a player now would likely require the Packers to give up not only draft picks, but depending on the player, they may also have to give up a player or two as well to offset the salaries.
But this season isn’t even really the issue money-wise. Next season is where things get a little tough. It’s no secret the Packers still have to make decisions on multiple players who are scheduled to be free agents. They re-signed Kenny Clark to a nice deal, but they still have to worry about a few other key contributors. David Bakhtiari, Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Kevin King, and Corey Linsley are all going to be free agents following the 2020 season.
I’m sure Russ Ball, who is the wizard behind the Packers’ contracts, could work some magic and figure a few things out, but next season makes that very hard. Thanks to the pandemic, the NFL and their teams are losing money, and in turn, the salary cap will take a hit. Ordinarily, the cap rises each year, allowing teams to spend some more money. Next year, the NFL will be lucky if the cap stays where it is at this year.
If it drops, the Packers may have to make some tough decisions and let some key pieces go because they can’t afford them. So trading for a superstar like so many fans are clamoring for, really doesn’t make any sense. We’d be trading away assets in draft picks, but also increasing the risk of losing valuable members of the team.
But it’s always fun to think about the Packers making a blockbuster trade, bringing a superstar to the Packers. So let’s take a look at some trade targets that Packer fans would love to bring to Green Bay, no matter how unrealistic it may be.