Green Bay Packers: A Trade Deadline Wish List

Matt SmithContributor IIIOctober 23, 2012

Green Bay Packers: A Trade Deadline Wish List

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    Though the Packers are only 4-3, the rest of the world better watch out because the Packers are heating up.

    The passing game has been clicking on all cylinders and Aaron Rodgers has seemingly done no wrong in the past two weeks.

    Yet, even with all the positives as of late, the Packers still have some glaring holes that need to be filled.

    What better way to fill them than with quality players than via trade?

Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans

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    Tate is one of the best backup running backs in the NFL and this season has been quiet due to Arian Foster's heavy workload.

    It's a shame Tate's talent is going to waste when he could easily be the feature back in the Packers' offense.

    The Texans do have some use for Tate, as Foster has proven rather ineffective with a massive workload. They may keep him around to keep Foster fresh.

    The Packers would likely have to give up some mid-round pick to get him, but it'd be worth it.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans Saints

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    Chris Ivory is the owner of a career 5.0 yards per carry clip, but he's only fourth on the Saints' depth chart behind Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas. 

    Even though Ivory is a better runner than Ingram, the Saints have given no indication they plan to elevate Ivory and even have a suitable replacement for their fourth back in undrafted rookie Travaris Cadet.

    Ivory runs with vicious power at 6'0", 222 and is still young at 24 years old.

    Green Bay would only have to part with probably a seventh-round conditional pick in order to get a player who could help them big time.

    Either Ivory or Tate would be a good addition at running back.

Trade Greg Jennings for a Second-Day Pick

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    With James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb all playing excellent football and the thought of losing Greg Jennings for little to nothing in free agency a looming thought, it'd be wise of the Packers to deal Greg Jennings before the trade deadline.

    However, the problems with trading Greg Jennings are numerous.

    First, he's been injured most of the season, driving his price down.

    Second, he's getting up there in age, again driving his price down.

    Third, a team trading for him would have to hand him a big contract in the offseason, yet again driving his price down.

    Still, there's probably some team out there that'd be willing to hand out a second- or third-round pick to acquire a player as good and consistent as Jennings.

    Miami is a team that comes to mind, as Brian Hartline and Greg Jennings on the outside and Davone Bess in the slot actually gives the Dolphins a legitimate three-wide set.

Colt McCoy, QB, Cleveland Browns

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    On Graham Harrell's first snap of the season, he tripped and fumbled the ball in the red zone. Not a good way to get the confidence of your fans and coaching staff.

    This wouldn't be a problem, but Harrell had been shaky during the whole preseason.

    If Ted Thompson wants to upgrade his backup quarterback, one of the best ways to do so would be to make a call to Cleveland inquiring about Colt McCoy.

    McCoy doesn't have a big arm, but is a smart player with good accuracy who would fill in sufficiently with the weapons around him if Aaron Rodgers were to go down.

    He'd likely only cost a late-round pick, too.

Derrick Johnson, LB, Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Packers have lost both D.J. Smith and Desmond Bishop to injury this season, depleting their inside linebacking core. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have lost six games and should be all ears when it comes to dealing big-time players.

    Johnson is one of the better linebackers in the league and could help fill a void in the Packers' defense.

    That said, because he's one of the better linebackers in the league, he has a big contract which would be hard to take on.

    Still, the Packers could always cut Hawk and retain Johnson, who is every bit the player Hawk is and more for roughly the same price.