As Aaron Rodgers neared the end of his time with the Green Bay Packers, the urgency to win another championship increased. They pushed cap hits into future years and the conversation often surrounded which star players they could target in trades.
Rodgers' departure likely slams shut the Packers' Super Bowl window. For now, at least, while they fix their salary cap situation and build for the future around Jordan Love.
It started with the Packers moving on from many veterans in free agency.
When it comes to trades, the Packers could be sellers. They have traded away Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers in consecutive offseasons. Which star players could be next? Here are four trade proposals the Packers would have to seriously consider.
Packers trade proposal: Preston Smith to Ravens
The Packers likely wouldn't receive much more than a Day 3 pick for edge rusher Preston Smith. This deal would be less about the draft capital the Packers receive, but more about how it helps their salary cap in the bigger picture.
As thing stands, Smith's cap hits for 2024-26 are all above $16 million, according to Spotrac. Trading him this year would reduce his 2024 cap hit to $13.99 million, and the Packers wouldn't pay anything after that.
The Baltimore Ravens need pass-rush help, and they would be bringing in a veteran who can make an immediate impact. Smith has started 62 games in four seasons for the Packers, making 33.5 sacks while providing strong run defense.
Baltimore gets the help it needs on defense, while Green Bay gets a Day 3 draft pick and saves future cap space. An added bonus is it would mean first-round pick Lukas Van Ness gets more snaps.