Packers news: Green Bay missed out on trade for star tight end

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The Green Bay Packers have needed a tight end forever.

They came close to making a blockbuster trade for a star player last offseason. Darren Waller could've played for the Packers.

Appearing on the "Pat McAfee Show" on Wednesday, Waller's agent Drew Rosenhaus said the Packers were "in negotiations" with the Las Vegas Raiders about a potential trade for the Pro Bowl tight end last offseason.

Rosenhaus added that the Packers and Miami Dolphins were "very interested" in trading for Waller.

Maybe things would've worked out differently for the Packers in 2022 had they been able to pull off this deal. The offense struggled for much of the season, particularly early on. But in Waller, the Packers would've had a game-changing tight end.

Waller missed time with injuries in 2022, featuring in only nine games. He caught 28 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns. But when he's healthy, Waller is one of the best tight ends in the NFL. He was traded to the New York Giants last month.

We'll never know what kind of impact Waller could've made in Green Bay.

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Packers host wide receiver for pre-draft visit

Green Bay's search for wide receiver help continues. Adding a receiver should be high on the team's to-do list entering this month's draft.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Packers hosted Virginia wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks for a pre-draft visit on Wednesday.

Wicks could be an option for the Packers on Day 3 of the draft, and Rich Bisaccia would love him. The Draft Network's Joe Marino wrote that he "should be an outstanding special teamer given his size, athleticism, and toughness".

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