The Green Bay Packers will be without future first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers. That much is certain for the upcoming season. The uncertainty is whether the team will be fully devoted to a rebuild or if it will restock with stop gap veterans hoping they can compete for a divisional title this season. Given that they’ve missed out on the free agent market this year, the only option for veteran players is via trade.
The Packers could have their veteran impact player in the person of New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims.
Structuring a deal between the Packers and the Jets has proven to be a complicated endeavor. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to Aaron Rodgers and the return expected for him. Mims could find his way into that mix, packaged alongside draft picks.
Financially, such a deal would make sense for the Jets as they will need to shift around some money for an incoming Rodgers.
For the Packers, bringing Mims into the Rodgers deal would make lots of on-field sense.
The Packers are currently in need of a veteran wide receiver in support of new starting quarterback Jordan Love. Right now, the only wide receivers under contract are 2022 rookies Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure, and Bo Melton. The team struggled in 2022 without Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and they lost contributing playmakers Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan to free agency (to the Jets and the Chicago Bears, respectively) during this offseason.
Mims has been somewhat buried and underutilized in the Jets offensive scheme and the addition of Lazard will probably push him down even further this season. On the Packers, the 25-year-old 2020 second round pick from Baylor would probably be a top-three go-to receiver. He’s considered to have downfield skill and at 6-foot-3, 207 lbs. his size meshes well with his athleticism, creating a formidable presence when stacked against defenders.
The downside in acquiring Mims is that he’ll be entering the final year of his contract and could very well be a one-year rental of a player. In the time being, though, he’d make for a good fit on the Packers and help Jordan Love find his groove as a passer.
It should be Corey Davis instead of mins then the jets won’t have to move too much else to accommodate the rodgers acquisition