3 Realistic Trade Scenarios for the Green Bay Packers to Pursue This Offseason

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIFebruary 17, 2014

Could the Packers trade for a player like Jermaine Gresham this offseason?
Could the Packers trade for a player like Jermaine Gresham this offseason?Tom Uhlman/Associated Press

The Green Bay Packers certainly aren't known for making offseason trades. However, that doesn't mean they won't surprise everyone before the 2014 season and pursue some trade scenarios.

With reports that the Packers could be big spenders in free agency, which is something that they rarely do, this might be the offseason that they break away from the norm of general manager Ted Thompson. It certainly wouldn't be the first time that Green Bay shocked the league and its fans.

Now, the only way that the Packers would even consider pursuing a trade would be if it filled a major need on the roster. That means the likely positions that Green Bay would trade for would be safety, defensive end, defensive tackle or outside linebacker.

However, we could also see Green Bay look for a trade target on the offensive side of the ball, specifically at the tight end position. Here's a look at three realistic trade scenarios for the Packers this offseason.

Tight end Jermaine Gresham
Tight end Jermaine GreshamAndrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Tight End Jermaine Gresham for Mid-Round Pick

With Andrew Quarless and Jermichael Finley being free agents, there is definitely a need for some talent infusion at the tight end position. Even if the Packers decide to re-sign either Quarless or Finley, you could still argue that there needs to be more talent.

A player like Jermaine Gresham from the Cincinnati Bengals would instantly improve the position and allow the Packers to pass on re-signing Quarless and Finley. Gresham saw his numbers take a major hit last year due to the Bengals drafting tight end Tyler Eifert in the first round of last year's draft.

That doesn't mean that Gresham isn't still talented, because he absolutely is. Sure, he's struggled with his consistency at times, but he only had three dropped passes last year and a 75.7 percent catch rate, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

Trading for Gresham would basically keep the Packers from drafting a mid-round prospect and developing him for a year or two. With this year's tight end class not looking extremely deep, this trade would make the Packers better offensively right away.

Safety George Wilson for Late-Round Pick

There is no doubt that safety is the weakest position currently on the Packers roster. While Green Bay will certainly look to add a safety in the draft and/or in free agency, they could also look for a quick fix by trading for an experienced safety.

One name that could make quite a bit of sense for the Packers to go after is George Wilson. He was signed by the Tennessee Titans last year, but was stuck behind a revitalized Michael Griffin on the depth chart. 

With the Titans in rebuilding mode after bringing in a new head coach this offseason, they could be looking to stockpile draft picks. Considering Wilson will be 33 years old when the 2014 season rolls around, it would likely take only a late-round pick to bring Wilson to Green Bay.

There would be two good things that would come from trading for Wilson for the Packers. First, he plays free safety, so if he did start, Green Bay could move Morgan Burnett back to strong safety. Secondly, even if the Packers draft a safety or go after one in free agency, Wilson would provide much-needed depth at the position.

For a late-round pick, Wilson would be the ideal trade target for Green Bay.

Outside Linebacker Pernell McPhee for Offensive Tackle Derek Sherrod

The Baltimore Ravens just agreed on a contract extension with outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. With Suggs holding down one side for the foreseeable future combined with Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw, the Ravens could be looking to trade Pernell McPhee in order to strengthen another position on their roster.

Sep 15, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) tackled by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee (90) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The way they could do that would be to trade McPhee for an offensive tackle with loads of potential like Derek Sherrod. While losing Sherrod would certainly hurt, adding a pass-rushing presence like McPhee would be worth it.

The Packers will be getting offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga back for the 2014 season, so that should lessen the sting of losing Sherrod. However, the biggest reason why this trade is a good one for Green Bay is because of what McPhee can instantaneously do for the Packers defense.

McPhee has shown that he can get after the quarterback on a consistent basis. This was evidenced by his six sacks as a rookie. While he's still getting used to playing outside linebacker, McPhee is already a better player than either Nick Perry or Mike Neal, the Packers' other options opposite Clay Matthews.

This trade would really be a win-win situation for both teams and would keep either team from having to spend a high draft pick on these positions. 


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