4. Missing out on J.J. Watt
Early in the offseason, one of the biggest questions was where superstar edge rusher J.J. Watt would end up. He was a free agent and had all the time in the world to pick his next destination.
Back in February, Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated reported that the Packers were among the teams interested in signing Watt. Fans were dreaming of the possibility of Watt returning to Wisconsin and helping his childhood team win another Super Bowl.
The Packers’ roster is loaded with talent and is potentially only a few players away. Watt, a five-time first-team All-Pro and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, could have been one of the game-changing additions the team needed.
A pass rush featuring Watt, Za’Darius Smith, Rashan Gary, Kenny Clark, and Preston Smith would’ve been so much fun.
If Watt wanted big money in a new deal, it would be unlikely to happen in Green Bay given the team’s cap situation. But if Watt was willing to take a lower offer for the opportunity to return home and help the Packers win it all, it would’ve been a fairytale ending to his Hall-of-Fame career.
But it wasn’t meant to be. Watt ended up signing with the Arizona Cardinals, meaning he’ll play against the Packers this season.