The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching. While there are usually not a flurry of trades in the NFL, we have seen some impactful moves happen midseason. The Green Bay Packers are a team that has some holes to fill. Here are 3 trade targets for the Packers before the 2022 deadline.
WR Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers
There has been a lot of chatter about DJ Moore in the past couple of weeks. The problem with Moore is that he does not make sense financially for the Packers as his cap hit is pretty severe. Enter Chase Claypool. The Pittsburgh Steelers are heading towards a full rebuild and could be looking to acquire extra draft capital. Claypool has a skill set that would compliment the Packers system well. He can take the top off of the defense but he can also run block very well. Brian Gutekunst should at least call the Steelers to see what the price would be. Claypool is a great trade target for the Packers.
Edge Brian Burns, Carolina Panthers
You might be thinking, “Why do we need more pass rushers? This is been the one bright spot this season!”. You are right that this has been a positive for the Packers defense this season. Preston Smith, Rashan Gary and Kenny Clark are all having amazing seasons. I’m in the camp of you can never have enough pass rushers. Brian Burns has 29.5 sacks in a little over three seasons. Think about this. Burns and Smith on the outside. Gary moves inside (which he has done from time to time with the Packers) along with Kenny Clark. That is a pretty menacing front.
Edge Montez Sweat, Washington Commanders
This one is a long shot. Again I think looking at another edge is not a bad plan for the Packers. Like Burns, Montez Sweat has a proven sack track record and is on a rookie deal. The Commanders also sit at 1-4 in an NFC East that all of a sudden looks like the best division in football. This year’s draft has top quarterbacks and it is clear that Washington could use one. It might be in their best interest to go full on tank and grab some extra draft capital. Of all the trade targets for the Packers, this one seems like a real longshot. However, I think it is worth a call to see what the price is.
The Packers traditionally are not active members at the trade deadline. This year could be different. The Packers are desperate to win one more Super Bowl before Aaron Rodgers retires. If they do nothing at the deadline, hopefully the Packers can coach up what they have to make a deep playoff run.