The NFL trade deadline came and went on Tuesday, and once again, the Green Bay Packers did not play an active role in the festivities. Not that it should be viewed as a surprise because the Packers don’t view the trade deadline as a way to build a team. The team has always thought of deadline day as just another day.
With Green Bay’s 2-5 start, there’s not a single player who would have helped this season because Green Bay has decided they will slowly build this team from the ground up (via free agency and the draft.) On Tuesday, Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst spoke about whether the team was close to adding a veteran wide receiver for QB Jordan Love.
Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst gave his thoughts on why the team didn’t add another wide receiver for Jordan Love.
In his post-trade-deadline press conference on Wednesday, Gutekunst was asked how close the team was to adding a veteran wide receiver.
“We looked at some things, but there really wasn’t much to look at, to be honest.”
Brian Gutekunst on potentially adding a veteran receiver: “We looked at some things, but there really wasn’t much to look at, to be honest.”
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 1, 2023
This had different vibes from last year, where the Packers were close to adding Chase Claypool before the Bears swooped in and traded for him. Granted, the Packers dodged a bullet; not adding Claypool, but one more weapon for Aaron Rodgers would have aided their playoff push.
The Green Bay Packers didn’t need to add another wide receiver because it isn’t a need at the moment. The wideouts for the Packers have gone through their growing pains this year, and Brian Gutekunst expected that to be the case with a young offense. Jordan Love hasn’t played well the past few weeks, but that’s to be expected with a young quarterback trying to figure out how to win games in the NFL.
Gutekunst said before the year essentially that this would be the offense he wanted to build around Jordan Love. Also, adding a top-flight wide receiver would have required Green Bay to give up substantial draft capital, and they weren’t going to do that.
It would have been nice for the Packers to add another wide receiver, but that wouldn’t have fixed the problems they have had on both sides of the ball this season. The only hope is for the Green Bay Packers to get a high draft pick. So they can get a game-changing wide receiver, maybe that one guy from Ohio State. I heard he’s pretty good.