In a win-now season, this isn’t a move the Packers should make. But it would also be understandable if they did decide to trade Dean Lowry.
Lowry is entering a contract year. Next offseason, the Packers could lose him for nothing. The best-case scenario would be a 2024 compensatory draft pick.
According to Over The Cap, Green Bay would save almost $6 million by trading him this summer. Financially, it could make some sense.
Perhaps the biggest reason is the Packers’ defensive line depth. It’s no guarantee that Lowry will be a starter throughout the year.
Pro Bowler Kenny Clark is a starter. It’s hard to imagine that Jarran Reed — who has started 80 of his 89 career games — was signed to be a backup.
Then there is rookie Devonte Wyatt. While he may initially need to prove himself, the Packers drafted him in the first round for a reason.
It could leave Lowry on the outside looking in regarding the starting lineup.
Maybe in that scenario, the Packers listen to trade offers and get back what they can.
Would I do it? Absolutely not. Lowry is coming off a career year and provides valuable depth even if he isn’t a regular starter. And you never know when injuries will hit.
But for all the reasons listed above, it could make some sense.