Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander was inactive on Sunday due to a back injury. They lost the game against the Denver Broncos 19-15, and Green Bay’s record on the year is 2-4. The Packers will have some decisions to make before next Tuesday’s October 31 NFL trade deadline.
They will possibly trade some players with expiring contracts, like running back AJ Dillon. However, Jaire Alexander is more of an interesting case. Wendell Ferreira, a writer for A to Z Sports, said about the Packers’ possibility of trading him next week:
“Disclaimer: nobody is stupid enough to say the Packers should just give Jaire Alexander away. That being said, last year the Los Angeles Rams offered two first-round picks for edge defender Brian Burns. If a contending team is willing to make a similar offer for the Packers cornerback, it’s hard to pass up- even considering how good he is. The Packers are trying to get young and cheaper, and moving Jaire would be a strong move in that direction. Green Bay would open just around $600k in 2023 and lose $3.1 million in 2024 in terms of cap space, but they would open $25.8 million in 2025, $27.86 million in 2026, and $2.36 million 2027 (when Jaire is not even under contract anymore). Moreover and more importantly, the Packers would have two extra high picks to add young and inexpensive talent to the roster. Alexander is a great player, for sure, but he hasn’t been as impactful as Rashan Gary, for example. In 2021, the passing defense didn’t downgrade much with Eric Stokes and Rasul Douglas as their primary corners. And this year, Rasul has performed better than Jaire. For the acquiring team, the good news is that they wouldn’t have to pay Jaire again. He’s an under an affordable deal through 2026-the cap hits would be around $1 million in 2023, $16 million in 2024, $17.5 million in 2025, and $19.5 million in 2026.”
Jaire Alexander is 26 years old and is one of the primary cornerbacks on this football team, but he hasn’t been healthy this season with injuries. Alexander is one of the top cornerbacks in the league when healthy and can be a huge gain for another team if they are willing to take the risk.
Green Bay Packers Shouldn’t Trade Jaire Alexander Now But Revisit It in the Offseason If Things Get Worse
Now would not be the time for Green Bay to trade Alexander. He has not been healthy this season, and whenever he can get healthy again, make sure he plays in all of the games and hope he plays well to raise his trade stock. There are a couple of teams that could be desperate before next week. The Miami Dolphins are one of those teams that could, with Xavien Howard and Jalen Ramsey hurt, but they could both be back soon from injury.
Eli Apple is the third cornerback on the roster in Miami. There would be other suitors for him, and we have no clue who they could possibly be. Alexander being traded would make this fanbase upset because he is one of the few draft picks that this franchise has hit on over the past several years, and they have been calling for general manager Brian Gutekunst to be fired to begin with.