3 worst moves Packers made in 2023 offseason ranked

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It's the offseason that had to happen eventually. With Aaron Rodgers nearing retirement and the Green Bay Packers limited in salary cap space, this was always on the horizon.

Rodgers' trade to the New York Jets hit the reset button. The offseason has involved limited spending in free agency as the Packers move toward a healthier salary cap. They have also moved on from several veterans, getting younger across the roster.

The Packers have made some smart moves this offseason and their draft class looks to be a good one, on paper at least. But it hasn't been a perfect few months.

Let's look at three of Green Bay's worst offseason moves.

Packers worst offseason moves No. 3: Passing on Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Twelve picks came and went on the opening night of the draft. To the surprise of many, Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba was available as the Packers hit the clock. Less surprisingly, Green Bay passed on the opportunity to add a pass-catcher on Day 1, instead selecting Iowa edge rusher Lukas Van Ness.

This isn't a knock on the Van Ness pick. He is an elite athlete, plays at a premium position, and has Pro Bowl potential. However, the Packers may regret passing on the opportunity to draft Smith-Njigba.

In fact, they could've traded down and still picked him. Smith-Njigba ended up going at No. 20 to the Seattle Seahawks, seven picks after the Packers.

Pro Football Focus included the Smith-Njigba pick in their list of the biggest steals of the draft.

Smith-Njigba will be a star in the Seahawks' offense and would've been a perfect fit in Green Bay. A missed opportunity.