Trades are very difficult to predict. None of these trades could happen, and I wouldn’t be surprised. However, these three players are the ones I believe are the most likely trade candidates for the Packers (if they decide to make any trades). And no, Aaron Rodgers is not involved in these predictions.
Josh Jackson has been one of the biggest question marks for the Packers since he was drafted. He was a projected first-round pick and fell to the Packers in the second. Many fans, including myself, were ecstatic that a player of his caliber fell. But, unfortunately, he hasn’t lived up to his hype.
He was a ball hawk in college but has failed to intercept one pass over the last three years. He had a solid rookie year, starting ten games and deflecting 10 passes. Still, he has become an afterthought in the Packers’ secondary, especially now with the drafting of Eric Stokes and resigning of Kevin King.
Jackson is an incredibly frustrating player to watch because he has all the intangibles to be great, but it doesn’t translate to the field. At times he’ll look like the player the Packers thought they drafted but then get manhandled a play later. I believe that Jackson could still be a solid NFL role player, but I don’t think that’s happening in Green Bay. He needs a change of scenery.
Prediction: 2022 6th round pick
Packers fans have questioned the Dean Lowry extension since it happened. Lowry is a good player, but he is not worth the $6 mil a year price tag that he came with. He’s always been a solid player for the Packers, and his biggest attribute to the team is that he’s always healthy. Lowry has not missed a game since his rookie season in 2016 when he missed one.
Lowry did restructure his contract earlier in the offseason to gain some cap relief in 2021, but the main problem is 2022. The Packers are nearly $30 mil over the projected cap. A Lowry trade would open $1.7 million in cap space this season while opening up roughly $4 million in 2022. The Packers would take on $2.1 mil in dead cap in 2021 and $3.9 mil in 2022. It is not a big money saver, but if the Packers can gain a pick off of Lowry, it would help them fill out the roster.
Prediction: 2021 6th round pick
This is the least likely trade that could happen for the Packers. Billy Turner stepped in beautifully at RT last season, allowing only 2 sacks in 884 snaps played. To go along with a solid grade of 69.3 from PFF.
Turner did restructure his contract earlier in the offseason, which probably saved him his spot on the roster. That being said, the Packers have a lot of depth on the offensive line this year. With the Packers being nearly $30 mil over the projected cap for 2022, they may look to move Turner while he has the highest value of his career.
The Packers would save $1.7 million in cap in 2021, and they would take on roughly $8 million in dead cap over the next two seasons. So it doesn’t open up a lot of cap relief for the Packers in 2022, but gaining a draft pick or two would greatly benefit them as they need cheap players to fill out the roster.
Prediction: 2021 4th round pick, 2021 6th round pick
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