Packers Trade Rumors: LB B.J. Goodson Acquired in Deal with Giants

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2019

New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) in action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Adam Hunger/Associated Press

The Green Bay Packers acquired linebacker B.J. Goodson in a trade with the New York Giants on Monday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the news, although no compensation is known at this time. The Giants were planning to release Goodson if they did not find a trade.

The 26-year-old recorded 61 tackles last season while starting 13 games with the Giants. The 2016 fourth-round pick out of Clemson has started 20 of his last 22 appearances and was well on his way to a breakout at the middle linebacker spot in 2017 before being injured.

The Packers have a hole on their roster after Oren Burks went down with a torn pectoral during camp. Burks was expected to play a major role in his second NFL season.

Goodson struggles with pass coverage, so the Packers will probably use him in a limited role on first and second downs. He lost his job during the preseason in New York after missing time due to a hamstring strain.

The Packers nevertheless see some value and are filling a need with a player with starting experience who is still in the midst of his prime.

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