3 trade targets for Packers before the 2022 deadline

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EDGE Montez Sweat, Washington Commanders

Making a trade for Brian Burns would be expensive, not just in the future deal the Packers would need to give him, but also with the draft picks the team would have to give up.

Perhaps another option would be Washington Commanders edge rusher Montez Sweat.

Like Burns, Sweat has two years remaining on his current deal as the Commanders picked up his fifth-year option. That means a cap hit of $3.7 million this season, then $11.5 million in 2022, per Over The Cap.

Sweat has been a productive pass rusher. Now in his fourth season, Sweat has 23 career sacks along with 56 quarterback hits. He has done this in 47 regular-season games.

The former first-round pick has started every game he has played in the NFL, and he could immediately start in Green Bay’s defense.

A trio of Sweat, Gary, and Smith would allow for plenty of rotation for the Packers’ pass rushers, but also the possibility of playing all three together as Gary can line up inside.

Imagine an offensive line facing Kenny Clark and Gary on the inside, then Sweat and Smith on the outside.

This is a move that would make a lot of sense for the Packers if they could pull it off.

The Commanders are 1-4 and going nowhere in a talented NFC East this season, so why not?