The Green Bay Packers surprisingly traded Rasul Douglas before the deadline, and it's a decision they may already regret.
There was logic to making the deal. The Packers were 2-5 and had just lost four games in a row. Few could've predicted they would go 6-3 from that point and enter Week 18 in a win-and-in situation.
The Packers have a cornerback issue. Jaire Alexander has only played six games and is coming off a suspension. His future in Green Bay could be uncertain. Eric Stokes has battled hamstring injuries, featuring in only three games. His season is over due to another hamstring issue.
If only Green Bay had a cornerback playing at an All-Pro level. Well, they had one, but he now plays for the Buffalo Bills.
Rasul Douglas is making Packers regret trading him
Douglas has been outstanding for the Bills. In only eight games, he has made four interceptions, including a pick-six, eight pass defenses, one sack, and two fumble recoveries. Douglas has been a major contributor to the Bills' 5-1 record over the past six weeks. He had two interceptions and a touchdown in Buffalo's win over the New England Patriots.
Green Bay misses Douglas. Rookie Carrington Valentine is having an excellent season, but Alexander and Stokes have barely played.
They have also struggled when healthy. According to Pro Football Reference, in only six games, Alexander has allowed 22 completions for 282 yards and two touchdowns, with a passer rating of 120.6 in his coverage. Stokes allowed three touchdowns and a passer rating of 145.3 in only two games (he didn't play any defensive snaps in his first game back).
The Packers traded Douglas to help build for the future, and an additional third-round pick achieves that. They also wanted to give Valentine more opportunities and didn't expect Alexander to miss so much time.
It's understandable why they made the move. But in hindsight, it looks terrible. The Packers lost one of the NFL's best cornerbacks this season. Along with his production on the field, they miss his leadership.
The Bills were the big winners of this trade.