The Green Bay Packers are in free fall. Any talk of adding players before this week's trade deadline needs to end. Green Bay is nowhere near a competitive team this season, and the focus must shift to 2024.
General manager Brian Gutekunst should sacrifice short-term results for potential long-term benefits and open for business before the trade deadline. Green Bay should add as much 2024 draft capital as possible, which can fast-track this team's rebuild.
Selling at the trade deadline effectively waves the white flag on the season, but it's not like this team is winning games anyway. They are losing convincingly every week, so why not accept it and give the 2024 Packers some additional help?
Green Bay should listen to offers for these seven players. Not all of them will net premium draft capital, but that's fine. Even a Day 3 pick is worthwhile if the Packers are moving on from a player no longer in their long-term plans.
7. Jon Runyan Jr.
Run blocking has become a regular issue for the Packers' offensive line this season, and Jon Runyan Jr. is partly to blame. However, he is a solid starting guard with 40 career starts with the Packers to his name.
Green Bay lacks depth at the position -- Sean Rhyan and Royce Newman are the top backups -- but trading Runyan would be a move for the future. He is a free agent in the spring, so there's a good chance he will leave for nothing. If the Packers can trade him for a Day 3 pick, why not?
Teams are always searching for offensive line help, and Runyan would give them an affordable option. He offers positional versatility, as he can play at both guard spots and center.
Green Bay's offensive line may take a slight hit in the short term, but getting draft capital in return makes it worthwhile.