The Green Bay Packers need a safety. Pro Bowler Budda Baker could be available. Should the Packers make an offer?
Before making a trade, there's a lot to consider, from the team's current situation to the salary cap and what the deal would cost.
Safety is a need for the Packers, and the upcoming draft class is thin at the position. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Arizona Cardinals star safety Budda Baker has requested a trade.
Should the Packers make an offer?
Why the Packers shouldn't make a trade offer for Budda Baker
Would Budda Baker improve Green Bay's defense? Absolutely. Without doubt.
Baker is one of the best safeties in the NFL. He is a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time first-team All-Pro, and was a second-team All-Pro in 2021. Over the past three seasons, Baker has made 20 pass defenses, seven interceptions, four sacks, and forced two fumbles.
However, the Packers shouldn't make a trade offer to the Arizona Cardinals.
Trading for Baker is the type of move an all-in Packers with Aaron Rodgers should make. A trade that helps a contender take another step towards a championship.
With Rodgers departing this offseason, the Packers are entering a rebuild, whether they want to admit it or not. What good does trading for Baker do for the Packers in 2023? They aren't likely to compete for a Super Bowl with or without him.
The Cardinals aren't going to trade away one of their best players for nothing, especially if multiple teams are interested.
Then there is the salary cap to consider. Here are the contract details, according to ESPN's Field Yates:
Green Bay would have to give away draft picks to get Baker, then make sure they have the cap space to take on his contract and make all the other moves they need this offseason.
Remember, the Packers will actually lose cap space once Aaron Rodgers is traded, so they are limited in what they can do.
Should Packers fans be excited if they do pull off a surprise trade for Baker? Yes. He is a star player and would be fun to watch in Green Bay. As a fan, it would be amazing.
But should the Packers do it? Probably not.