NFL Trade Deadline: Did Green Bay Packers Miss Opportunity?

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIOctober 19, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  General Manager Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after the Packers won 31-25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With the NFL trade deadline having come and gone last afternoon, the Green Bay Packers decided to make no moves and are keeping their roster exactly the same.

So, did the Packers miss opportunity at the NFL trade deadline?

There is a saying that goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I believe that is the general consensus in Green Bay's front office. This team is currently 6-0 and the best in the league.

While there are some areas that the Packers have lost some depth due to injuries—mainly the offensive line, defensive line and safety positions—there really wasn't anyone available on the trading block that would have significantly helped them improve.

There were rumors that Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts might be available for trade, but Mathis is an older player and even though he is still a talented pass rusher, he excels in a 4-3 defense, not a 3-4 defense. Plus, Jarius Wynn has played well and Mike Neal will hopefully come back from injury soon.

The other way to look at the trade deadline is to see if the Packers should have looked to get rid of some of their players. Two names that instantly come to mind are quarterback Matt Flynn and wide receiver James Jones. Both players have been the focus of trade talks before and I'm sure there was plenty of demand for a starting-caliber quarterback and a solid wide receiver.

However, it was a smart move for Green Bay to keep both players. Flynn is the only other quarterback on the roster right now and Jones is finally looking like he is hitting his stride with a touchdown reception in three straight games.

Overall, I'd say that the Packers didn't miss an opportunity at the NFL trade deadline. Even without making a trade, they still boast the best lineup in the NFL and the concerns about depth will get figured out as players come back from injury.

Like I said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Green Bay is certainly not broken, so there was nothing to fix at the NFL trade deadline.