Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is never afraid to make unpopular decisions.
He has moved on from all-time greats like Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams. Gutekunst drafted Jordan Love when the Packers had just reached the NFC Championship Game with Aaron Rodgers.
Whether he's right or wrong, Gutekunst takes the emotion out of these significant decisions, trying to do what is best for the Packers. He made another unpopular move before the trade deadline, sending starting cornerback Rasul Douglas to the Buffalo Bills.
Gutekunst is willing to take the short-term pain because he believes it helps the Packers' rebuild. Green Bay received Buffalo's third-round pick in return for Douglas and a fifth-rounder.
The concern is that losing Douglas could negatively impact the locker room.
Keisean Nixon isn't happy about Packers' decision to trade Rasul Douglas
Packers cornerback Keisean Nixon wasn't pleased with the Douglas trade. The two are good friends and started together in the secondary. Nixon wants to win, and trading a quality starting cornerback like Douglas does the opposite. It hurts the team in the short term.
"I was really lost for words," Nixon said, via The Athletic's Matt Schneidman. "I understand it's a business, but I'm still sick to my stomach, honestly."
Nixon explained what the Packers will miss from Douglas.
"Somebody who stabilized the locker room," Nixon added. "Now he's gone."
The Packers will miss Douglas. He was a vocal leader on the league's youngest roster. Players looked up to him and often asked for advice. Douglas lifted players up when they hadn't played well. As Nixon put it, Douglas "stabilized the locker room."
Green Bay needs more players like Douglas, especially with the season going so badly. The Packers are 2-5 and heading in the wrong direction. Now, they've lost a leader who could help guide this young team in the right direction.
More than just his leadership, the Packers have lost one of their best defensive players. He had outplayed every cornerback on the roster this season, including Jaire Alexander. Green Bay now has to rely on rookie Carrington Valentine to step up and make an immediate impact, which is a big ask for a seventh-round pick.
Nixon isn't happy with the trade, and it's fair to say the majority of Packers fans are in agreement.