Packers should trade for Texans receiver Will Fuller before deadline

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Yes, the Packers should trade for Will Fuller.

Before the trade deadline, the Green Bay Packers should be actively searching for help on either side of the ball.

When it comes to the offense, bringing in a difference-maker at wide receiver could help this group level up, as hard as that may seem considering how well they’ve been playing this season.

If the Houston Texans are willing to trade Will Fuller, it will be hard to find a better opportunity than this to add a great receiver midway through the season.

According to Aaron Reiss of The Athletic, the Packers have inquired about Fuller, although he adds there is “no deal imminent”.

There’s good reason for the Packers to have interest in Fuller. He’s a talented, explosive wide receiver who could help this offense in a big way. A first-round pick in 2016, Fuller could be exactly what this offense needs.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the Packers’ best deep threat and we’ve seen him make a couple of big receptions this season. However, MVS has been inconsistent now for almost 1.5 seasons under Matt LaFleur and he hasn’t made the jump many predicted so far this year.

Fuller would give the Packers another great deep threat. He ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the combine, and he’s averaging 14.6 yards per reception in his career. In his career, Fuller has caught 21 touchdowns, nine of which have been distances of 30-plus yards.

Fuller is also playing some of the best football of his career. After seven games, he’s caught 31 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns. He’s on pace for his first 1,000-yard season and is averaging a career-best 15.8 yards per catch.

Now imagine him in LaFleur’s offense.

For starters, Davante Adams draws the most attention from opposing defenses. Aaron Jones is also a key part of opponents’ game plans. Now they’d have to deal with Fuller, a perfect complement to Adams who has the ability to burn defenses deep downfield. LaFleur could find creative ways to get Fuller involved and stretch defenses.

Once Allen Lazard returns from injury, the Packers would have a deep receiving group. Adams, Fuller, and Lazard would be a tremendous top three, and then with Robert Tonyan, MVS, Jones, and Jamaal Williams also catching passes, the Packers would be loaded on offense.

For a trade to happen, the contract also needs to make sense.

Fuller is on the final year of his deal and currently has a cap hit of just over $10 million, according to Over The Cap. The fact the Packers wouldn’t have to commit to a deal beyond this season only adds another reason to make a trade.

While a deal might not be “imminent”, if a trade is there to be made, the Packers should get it done. Matt LaFleur loves him, Fuller could strengthen this offense, and his contract would be affordable.