2. Not adding a top wide receiver after Davante Adams trade
The Packers wanted to keep Adams, but they ended up trading him to the Raiders. OK, so what’s next?
While it would’ve been impossible to find a player on Adams’ level and with the chemistry he had built with Aaron Rodgers, the Packers absolutely had to find a WR1 in the offseason.
Amari Cooper, Tyreek Hill, and A.J. Brown were among the star wide receivers traded this past spring.
Green Bay lost Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown, and ended up signing Sammy Watkins and relying on three rookies to make the difference.
Maybe a trade for DK Metcalf or Tyler Lockett wasn’t possible, but at the right price, surely the Seattle Seahawks would have at least listened?
The Packers already made a huge mistake in allowing the Adams situation to become a disaster. After losing him and adding two top draft picks, they needed to be aggressive in finding a new star WR1.
Romeo Doubs may become that player in time, but expecting a rookie to become a consistent WR1 in year one was a gamble unlikely to pay off. The Packers weren’t building for 2024 or beyond. They were in win-now mode.
Losing Adams was mistake number one. Not finding a veteran replacement was mistake number two.