Packers' Top Trade Candidates Ahead of 2022 Training Camp
Brian Gutekunst has shown he's not afraid to shake up the Green Bay Packers roster with a trade this offseason.
The general manager has completed three different swaps this season, two of which could be considered major moves. First, he dealt Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. Then, he traded up in the second round of the NFL draft to nab Christian Watson in an effort to replace Adams' production.
If history is any indication, it's completely possible he makes another move. The Packers made three trades beyond this date last season, dealing for Randall Cobb in July and trading for Josh Jackson and Ka'dar Hollman in August.
The front office is always looking for ways to maximize the roster. While no deal is imminent, these three candidates would make sense as trade bait to bring back a player or pick to help down the line.
DL Dean Lowry
On paper, the Packers have the makings of a top-five defense in the NFL.
They already have bonafide stars in Jaire Alexander, De'Vondre Campbell and Kenny Clark.
This offseason, they have made moves to add even more talent, specifically in the trenches. First-round pick Devonte Wyatt and free-agent addition Jarran Reed figure to join Clark on the interior.
Wyatt is the kind of rookie who should be expected to contribute right away. Not only did the Packers invest a premium pick in the tackle, but he's already 24 years old, making him an elder statesman among rookies.
That potentially leaves Lowry out even in traditional 3-4 alignments when the Packers are playing three interior defenders. The Packers were only in their base defense 19 percent of the time last year, per Sports Info Solutions.
Lowry has been a fine starter for the Packers over the last three seasons. He has only missed one game in that time frame and finished 33rd among all interior defenders in PFF grade.
But the Packers would save nearly $6 million by trading Lowry to another team. There are plenty of clubs that could use his versatility on the interior.
WR Amari Rodgers
It might seem counterintuitive to list a receiver here when the Packers have so many questions at the position, but that's kind of the point.
With both Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling gone, the team has a lot to figure out at the receiver position.
They've avoided making huge moves to fill out the receiver room, but they've made a series of moves to bring talent in. The additions of Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure and Sammy Watkins this offseason bring the total number of receivers on the roster right now to 11.
Last season, the Packers carried six receivers on their Week 1 53-man roster. Watson, Doubs and Watkins are all safe bets to make the cut. Toure should have a chance as a seventh-round pick in the draft.
That only leaves so many roster spots, and Amari Rodgers might have the most trade value if the Packers don't believe he will make the roster. The former Clemson standout was a third-round pick in the 2021 draft but mostly worked as a returner last season.
If there's a team that's willing to give up a pick to take a shot on him, it would make sense for the Packers to listen.
QB Jordan Love
There were 13 quarterbacks selected in the 2020 NFL draft. Despite being a first-round pick, Jordan Love has thrown fewer attempts than five of them.
That includes sixth-round pick Jake Luton, who registered 110 pass attempts and made three starts for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie in 2020.
Heading into his third season, Love has made just one start and thrown 62 passes. We still have no idea if he's even good. His 58.1 completion percentage and three interceptions to two touchdowns aren't a great sign, but it's such a small sample size it doesn't tell us anything.
At this point, it's hard to tell if or when Love might get a shot at being a starting quarterback in the NFL. The value of a rookie quarterback on their initial four-year contract is so appealing to teams because of the financial flexibility it brings.
With Aaron Rodgers signing an extension, it's completely possible Love is stuck behind the future Hall of Famer for his entire rookie contract.
That's not ideal for him and really isn't great for the Packers, either. If a team suffers an injury at quarterback, the Packers would be wise to see what they can get out of their former first-rounder.