The Green Bay Packers are 2-5 on the year, and one of the players that could potentially be traded on Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline is outside linebacker Preston Smith. He is 30 years old, and Green Bay is not going to make the playoffs this season. Smith will turn 31 in the month of November, and his contract situation is tricky.
The Packers need to play younger players on the roster and look toward the future. Smith needs to be traded to a team that is a possible contender and needs help. Preston Smith, so far this season, has recorded 27 tackles, four sacks, forced one fumble, and two pass deflections.
Gilberto Manzano of Sports Illustrated Wrote the other day before the Packers Week 8 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings:
“With a three-game losing streak, the Packers might be thinking about selling before the trade deadline. Smith, a ninth-year veteran with two sacks and 22 total tackles this season, could help many contending teams in need of a productive pass rusher. Trading Smith would give Green Bay a valuable draft pick and more cap space to pay a few pending in-house free agents (such as Rashan Gary). The Packers also have depth at the position thanks to their 2023 first-round pick: rookie edge rusher Lukas Van Ness.”
Lukas Van Ness has eight tackles, one sack, and one pass deflection so far this season for the Green Bay Packers. He no doubt needs to play more and was a first-round selection out of Iowa in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Preston Smith Needs to Be Moved By the Green Bay Packers
Smith needs to be moved by the Packers for a late-round pick at Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. He probably won’t be the only player potentially traded on Tuesday for Green Bay. Teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens could potentially call the Green Bay Packers about him.
Green Bay just inked Rashan Gary to a 4-year contract extension with $107 million on Monday. Lukas Van Ness getting more reps would be a good thing for this football team moving forward. The Packers aren’t going anywhere this year, so there is no excuse not to try and find a trade partner for Smith, and general manager Brian Gutekunst should be working the phones.