3 surprising cuts (or trades) Packers could make before 53-man roster deadline

The Packers could make a few surprise moves this week.
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2. Packers could surprisingly cut or trade Yosh Nijman

The Packers are unlikely to let Yosh Nijman go for nothing, so a trade is more likely than cutting him. But it's something that could make sense.

Many teams around the NFL need tackle help. Turn on a random preseason game, and you will likely see at least one team struggling to protect their quarterback. The Packers are in a unique position where they have multiple starting-level offensive tackles.

One of them is Yosh Nijman, who started 13 games for the Packers last season. He can play at left or right tackle.

But if he makes the 53-man roster, he could enter the season as Green Bay's fourth choice. David Bakhtiari and Zach Tom are projected to start, and second-year Rasheed Walker has been getting snaps ahead of Nijman, including in the preseason finale.

"Nijman could be out," writes ESPN's Rob Demovsky. "Walker surpassed him as the No. 3 tackle, and Nijman is due to make $4.304 million. None of that is guaranteed, so if the Packers release him or trade him, that's all wiped off their books and salary cap."

Nijman could start for several NFL teams. If the Packers are confident in Walker as their swing tackle, trading Nijman becomes a real possibility.