The Packers likely couldn’t ask for much more than a Day 3 draft pick in a trade for Krys Barnes. He provides more value to this team than that, so trading him is unlikely.
But inside linebacker depth could limit Barnes’ opportunities on defense.
According to Pro Football Reference, Barnes played on 48.84 percent of the Packers’ defensive snaps last season. Many of those snaps could go to first-round pick Quay Walker this year.
Barnes has 23 career starts in just two seasons with the Packers. In that time, he has made 161 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and four pass defenses.
He has provided solid play in the middle of the Packers’ defense. However, those opportunities could be few and far between in 2022. De’Vondre Campbell and Walker will be Green Bay’s top two in all likelihood.
Barnes played on just over a quarter of Green Bay’s special teams snaps last season. He could feature more often on special teams in 2022.
Again, it’s unlikely Green Bay would get much back in return, but Barnes has proven he can be a solid starter at inside linebacker. If another team shows interest, the Packers should consider a deal considering their excellent depth at the position.