The Packers could use an All-Pro wide receiver
The Green Bay Packers would have much better chances at winning a championship next season with an All-Pro wide receiver. One of Aaron Rodgers’ most telling comments, following the loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday night that eliminated the Packers’ postseason chances, was that they were a couple of players away from competing.
It’ll be an interesting offseason to keep the roster as good as it was this season. The Packers will have to consider parting ways with some of their best players, like Aaron Jones, to save enough cap space to field a decent team. But the Packers will still need to find some pieces to help the offense function next season.
Analyst thinks the Packers should go after this wide receiver
Cody Benjamin with CBS Sports wrote about potential trade options for the All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Reports have come out this week that the Cardinals intend to shop Hopkins as the team rebuilds after they fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Benjamin wrote that the Packers would be a possible landing spot for Hopkins:
Money isn’t overflowing in Green Bay, so GM Brian Gutekunst would need to clear logistical hurdles to make this happen. But if Aaron Rodgers returns for a 19th season, how can he not explore a major WR upgrade after so clearly missing Davante Adams in 2022? Hopkins is exactly the kind of precise route-runner and catch-point specialist who’d seemingly gel with A-Rod. As a bonus, QBs coach Tom Clements was the Cardinals’ passing game coordinator in 2020, when Arizona acquired Hopkins and immediately got a 1,400-yard season from the All-Pro.
This would be an ideal scenario for Rodgers. He’d have one of the best veteran wide receivers to play with next season. However, the logistical problems with the Packers’ cap space make this a near impossibility. According to Spotrac, Hopkins’ cap space hit in 2023 will hit just north of $30 million.