The NFL trade deadline is only four weeks away, and the Green Bay Packers could have an opportunity to upgrade their roster.
General manager Brian Gutekunst likes to be part of "every conversation" regarding player acquisition, but that doesn't always result in a deal getting over the line. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The Packers had interest in Chase Claypool a year ago.
The Detroit Lions proved why they are the best team in the NFC North by humiliating the Packers at Lambeau Field last week. But it's a long season with a lot of football left to play. Green Bay could use the next few weeks to close the gap on Detroit before the trading window slams shut.
Which surprising deals could the Packers make?
3. Packers could fix offensive line issues
The Packers may not desperately need a tackle, but trading for Garett Bolles would help them reshuffle their offensive line. Bolles is a quality starting left tackle. He could step in and start immediately, providing solid play at a premium position.
Green Bay could move current starter Rasheed Walker to right tackle. That takes some of the pressure off the second-year player, and, crucially, would allow Zach Tom to shift inside to an interior position, solidifying an area of weakness along the line.
Getting Pro Bowl left guard Elgton Jenkins back from injury will help. The Packers could have Tom start at center or right guard, depending on where they need him most. He provided quality play at guard last season and has starting experience at center from college.
Matt LaFleur always stresses the importance of getting the best five on the field. Trading for a quality veteran tackle like Bolles allows more flexibility up front, helping the Packers fix some of their interior offensive line concerns.
Bolles' cap hits may put off the Packers, but what if the Denver Broncos are willing to eat some of his salary? A deal makes sense for both sides.