The Green Bay Packers are still in the thick of the NFC playoff race even after their brutal loss to the New York Giants. The Packers had a chance to separate themselves from the eight seed Los Angeles Rams, however, they sputtered in New York and remain in an extremely tight race.
While the defense has plenty of talent to go around, is is clear there are still holes here and there. Many fans argue (and they might be right) that defensive coordinator Joe Barry is the biggest “hole” the team has on defense. That being said, the Packers could add to one position on the defense that may have an opening in the near future.
The Green Bay Packers Listed As Top Team To Trade For Los Angeles Chargers Star Edge Rusher Joey Bosa
Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report highlighted how this trade could happen:
Packers Receive: EDGE Joey Bosa
Chargers Receive: 2024 first-round pick
The Packers have been at their most dominant when they’ve had two great pass rushers coming off the edge. Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith and Rashan Gary formed a terrifying trio for opposing offenses for a few years before Za’Darius was released.
Now, Preston Smith is 31 years old and the team has an out in his contract after this season. Rashan Gary has taken over the role of top pass-rusher on the team and Lukas Van Ness is still a promising prospect. Trading for a veteran with the ability to take over a game would get the Packers back to where they once were.
If the Packers are going to take a big swing in the trade market, it would be worth it to call the Chargers about Bosa. The Chargers are 5-8 this season and big changes could be coming.
After a disappointing season it should be expected that Los Angeles will make some changes. They have four players set to make more than $32 million next season in Keenan Allen, Joey Bosa, Khalil Mack and Mike Williams. Keeping all of them might be too expensive.
On paper, the Packers only have $5.5 million in cap space next season, but they can save an additional $21 million just by releasing David Bakhtiari and another $3 million if they trade away Preston Smith.
That doesn’t even account for the money available through restructures and extensions. If the Chargers and Bosa are looking for a way out, then the Packers might want to consider giving up the draft capital necessary to get the deal done.
Will The Packers Make A Big Move For A Star Defensive Player?
The Packers defense ranks 23rd in the NFL in sacks (29). That feels a little underwhelming for a defensive front that has Rashan Gary and Preston Smith. Lukas Van Ness may very well be getting the “draft and development” treatment that Gary did.
Adding a bonafide pass rusher would be huge for the Van Ness’ transition as well as provide an immediate impact on the defense. Joey Bosa has been the subject of trade rumors since before the season even started. It is not unrealistic to think the Chargers will at least consider it this off-season.
The Packers certainly have the draft capital to make a move in 2024, will they do it?
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, NFL player Joey Bosa has heterochromia, which explains his distinct eye colors—one blue and one green. This condition is harmless and merely contributes to his unique appearance. His athletic prowess, including ease with backflips, dates back to his high school days.
Joey Bosa is required to be out for at least four games following his placement on Injured Reserve due to a foot sprain. The timeline for his return extends to at least late December, depending on his recovery and team assessments.
Joey Bosa, the linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers, sustained a right foot sprain and has been placed on the injured reserve list. There's a possibility for Bosa to make a comeback later in the season.