The Green Bay Packers were reportedly among the teams interested in trading for wide receiver Laviska Shenault.
Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said they would be in every conversation. And that has proven to be true once again.
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, the Packers were among the teams talking to the Jacksonville Jaguars about a trade for wide receiver Laviska Shenault.
Shenault ended up getting traded to the Carolina Panthers.
Shenault, a second-round pick by the Jaguars in 2020, would’ve given the Packers another offensive playmaker.
In his first two seasons in the NFL, Shenault has caught 121 passes for 1,219 yards and five touchdowns, while also rushing 29 times for 132 yards.
What we don’t know is exactly how much interest the Packers had. Were they seriously considering making a move for Shenault, or was he just a player they liked? There’s no way of knowing, but it’s unsurprising to hear the Packers were in the conversation. We hear that a lot.
Shenault certainly could’ve helped Green Bay’s offense. He would be a versatile piece for Matt LaFleur, capable of lining up in the slot, in the backfield, or used on jet sweeps. LaFleur could’ve found ways to get the football in his hands.
Had they traded for Shenault, who would he have replaced? Would Samori Toure not have made the roster? For now, it looks like Toure will be part of the 53-man roster following the release of veteran Juwann Winfree.
It’s hard to say.
But if the Packers did have genuine interest in trading for Shenault, perhaps it shows they are still looking to strengthen their receiving corps. If that’s the case, maybe they will make a move for a player released by another team. An example could be Tyler Johnson, a surprise cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.