3 unexpected trades the Packers could make to win NFC North

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1. Packers could land star running back

Jonathan Taylor trade

The Packers were linked with All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor earlier this season. If the Indianapolis Colts' price comes down, maybe the Packers could restart trade talks.

Taylor began the season on the PUP list but is ready to return in Week 5.

The Packers would have to work out a long-term extension with Taylor, as his contract expires at the end of the season. But there's no doubt that Taylor would significantly improve the Packers' run game.

Green Bay has the third-worst rushing offense through four weeks, averaging just 74.5 yards per game. Part of the blame falls on the offensive line, who have struggled in run-blocking, but Packers running backs not named Aaron Jones have also not played well enough.

Taylor is a former first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler. In 43 career games, he has rushed for 3,841 yards and 33 touchdowns while adding 802 receiving yards and three touchdowns. That works out at just under 108 total yards and 0.84 touchdowns per game.

The Packers would have their long-term starter at running back. Taylor is only 24 years old. Aaron Jones turns 29 in December and could be a cap casualty in the offseason. AJ Dillon hasn't played well this season and is a free agent in March.

Green Bay sends a second-rounder and Dillon to Indianapolis. Remember, the Packers have two second-round picks next year, one coming from the New York Jets as part of the Aaron Rodgers trade. The Colts land a premium pick and get some running back cover until the end of the season.

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