The Green Bay Packers (2-3) are coming off their bye week and looking for a win as they travel to Denver to take on the Broncos. Denver (1-5) are the the brink of another “lost” season after they entered the year with sky-high expectations.
While the Packers clearly committed to a “youth movement” this off-season, there is no secret that veteran leadership is something the Packers’ front office have previously been interested in. Could trading for a 29-year-old All-Pro be something the team considers?
The Green Bay Packers Trading For All-Pro Safety Justin Simmons Has Been Heating Up
According to Wendell Ferreira:
Analyzing the Green Bay Packers roster, no other positional need is bigger than safety. The team let Adrian Amos walk in free agency after a rough season in 2022 and, even though they added low-level free agents, the two starters were already on the roster last season: Darnell Savage and Rudy Ford.
Both are not under contract beyond this year, and the only safeties with deals through at least 2024 are seventh-round rookie Anthony Johnson Jr. and recently acquired Zayne Anderson, who hasn’t played a down for the Packers.
Even though Green Bay isn’t exactly in a position to be a buyer before the trade deadline in order to compete right now, acquiring a good safety could be a two-way street. It would absolutely help the team in 2023, but it would also be a clever long-term investment. And two bad teams could present possible solutions.
Simmons is a well-established safety, with three second-team All-Pro selections over the last four seasons. He was the NFL interceptions co-leader last year. He’s had a PFF grade of 70 or above in six of his seven seasons in the league, but this year it’s been his worst: 53.3 through five weeks. And this is most likely related to the Broncos defense being a total disaster. And they are open to making deals.
Would The Packers Be Interested In Trading For A 29-Year-Old?
The “future” is what Green Bay committed to this off-season. Highlighted by the Aaron Rodgers trade and choosing not to re-sign multiple veterans, the Packers became one of the youngest teams in the NFL seemingly overnight.
However, if you look at other safeties around the league playing at a high level late into their career, trading for a 29-year-old might not be too risky. Harrison Smith of the Minnesota Vikings is 34-years-old and is still playing at an extremely high level.
This team wants to build around Jordan Love and this young offense. It took Aaron Rodgers three years to win the Super Bowl in Green Bay, if Jordan Love can do it in five, Simmons could still be playing at a high level.
It will be very interesting to see what the Packers do at the trade deadline this year and during this upcoming off-season.
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