The Green Bay Packers have already pulled off a few big-time trades this offseason. First, they traded two-time All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for a first and second-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. They traded their two second-round picks to the Minnesota Vikings during the Draft to move up and draft Christian Watson. With training camp approaching for many teams, there is still time to continue restructuring their rosters via trade. Many of these trades would include moving future draft picks. While Briain Gutekunst has been hesitant to part with precious draft capital, he has done so for the right price. That said, here are three players the Packers could still target via trade, beginning with Seattle’s star receiver, DK Metcalf
1. DK Metcalf: Wide Receiver
DK Metcalf is one of the hottest names in the NFL’s trade rumor mill. The Green Bay Packers have plenty of young talent at wide receiver, but no one on the level of Metcalf, who is a one-time Pro Bowler and was Second Team All-Pro in 2020. It would not be out of the question for the Packers to trade for Metcalf. Apparently, they have already inquired about a possible deal. Of course, that was before the NFL Draft.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 24, 2022
The downside of trading for Metcalf is that he is in the final year of his rookie contract. He will, undoubtedly, be a one-year (or less) rental to whatever team he is traded to. That is if he is traded at all. In his three NFL seasons, Metcalf has never had fewer than 900 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. Seattle would likely only be able to move him if they struggle this season and contract extension talks go nowhere. Metcalf would likely cost the Packers a second or third-round pick in any trade.
2. Clelin Ferrell: Edge Rusher
Clelin Ferrell was highly touted coming out of college. There is a reason he was a fourth-overall draft pick by the Las Vegas Raiders in 2019. However, like the other two players that the Raiders took in the first round that season, Ferrell had his fifth-year option declined due to his poor production over the past three seasons.
Raiders declined the fifth-year contract options on all three former 2019 first-round draft picks, DE Clelin Ferrell, RB Josh Jacobs and S Johnathan Abram.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2022
Ferrell’s best statistical season was his rookie year, when he had 4.5 sacks while playing 64% of the Raiders’ defensive snaps. Unfortunately, it’s been downhill from there. Ferrell played in just 11 games in 2020 and saw his playing time decrease. Last season he played in 16 games, but his inconsistency limited him to 24% of the defense’s snaps.
So why should the Packers trade for this first-round bust? In short: for depth. The Packers lack depth at the edge rusher position despite having Rashan Gary and Preston Smith (combined for 18.5 sacks last season). After them, though, Green Bay has fifth-round pick Kingsley Enegbare and a bunch of current or former undrafted free agents.
Given how poorly Clelin Ferrell has played, he will not have a heavy price tag. As a former fourth-overall pick, he clearly has some talent; perhaps it will take a different team to unleash it. Joe Barry gets the best out of his linebackers.
3. Chuck Clark: Safety
The Green Bay Packers have one of the best starting secondaries in the NFL. Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, and Eric Stokes form as good of a trio of cornerbacks on any one team as can be found. Adrian Amos is among the best safeties in the NFL, and Darnell Savage has shown flashes of being a brilliant ball hawk. However, like at edge, the Packers have virtually no depth at safety.
That is where current Baltimore Ravens safety Chuck Clark makes sense. The five-year veteran is coming off of one of his best seasons. In 2021, he had 12 pass deflections, 80 total tackles, and two interceptions (including one that he returned for a touchdown). Additionally, opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of just 81.9 when targeting him.
Matthew Stafford’s favorite target today is Chuck Clark
— PFF (@PFF) January 2, 2022
Now, why would Baltimore trade Clark? For cap space. The Ravens need more cap space as they have just about $3 million available. With $17 million in available cap space, the Packers can afford to absorb Clark’s $15 million contract with two years remaining.
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