The Green Bay Packers don’t often make moves at the NFL trade deadline. This season proved to be no different.
The 2021 trade deadline arrived on Tuesday afternoon and, unsurprisingly, the Packers didn’t add anyone or trade any players away. For now, then, there are no moves at tight end or running back following season-ending injuries to Robert Tonyan and Kylin Hill.
If general manager Brian Gutekunst does decide to make a move at either position, it will have to be in free agency.
It’s perhaps notable that former Packers third-round pick Jace Sternberger was released by the Washington Football Team today, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. A return to Green Bay would make sense, although it will depend on if another teams puts in a waiver claim higher than the Packers.
It wasn’t a completely quiet day for Green Bay, however, as the team did make some roster moves.
According to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson, the team has signed former Houston Texans defensive tackle Auzoyah Alufohai.
The Packers have also released inside linebacker Jaylon Smith, who was signed only a couple of weeks ago. Smith struggled in limited action and was a healthy scratch last Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals.
And while Green Bay didn’t make a trade, it has made a change at long snapper, releasing Hunter Bradley and promoting Steven Wirtel from the practice squad.
The team has also placed quarterback Kurt Benkert on the practice squad reserve/COVID-19 list.
There were a couple of big trades made in the past couple of days, such as Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams and Melvin Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs, but many players potentially on the trade block remained with their current teams.
At this point, is anyone really surprised that the Packers didn’t make a trade before the deadline?