Surprise, surprise...the Green Bay Packers made a move at the NFL trade deadline...to get rid of a player. Instead of adding like every other team in the NFC North, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst decided to subtract. He moved on from cornerback Rasul Douglas (despite injuries in the secondary) because he got an offer he couldn't refuse from Buffalo.
It's understandable given the state the Packers are in (2-5) heading into Week 9 of the 2023 season already. Still, it's frustrating to a degree. You don't always want to see the team inactive at the trade deadline, or selling. But were there any moves the Packers could have made but didn't?
Let's take a look at a handful of deals the Packers perhaps left on the table.
1. Should Packers have gone full sell mode?
Okay, this may be a little bit dramatic, but if the Packers were willing to let go of a productive starter like Rasul Douglas, and get good value for him, why not just go into full sell mode?
The Packers could have put Jaire Alexander on the market where there was a ton of demand for cornerbacks, but not much supply. They obviously made a wiser short-term move, but given the status of Jordan Love and his future as QB1 very much up in the air, you probably could have gotten a couple of first-round picks for Alexander if you'd opened up the bidding early enough.
Maybe the Packers should have gone in full sell mode, getting rid of other veterans like Preston Smith, maybe see if anyone would have wanted AJ Dillon, and possibly even get top value for Kenny Clark, who is now 28 years old.
I wouldn't have been in favor of a full on fire sale at 2-5 for the Packers, but you could make a case for it.