Green Bay Packers trade rumors: Potential deals ahead of NFL trade deadline

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has proven to be proactive in free agency during his time in Wisconsin.

By Vincent Frank
Dec 2, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) warms up prior to a game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers head into Week 8 with a 5-1 record and as one of the top Super Bowl contenders around the NFL. The Packers are averaging a ridiculous 32.8 points per game. Rodgers is playing at an MVP level. This has not stopped rumors from persisting that the Packers might look to pull off a trade ahead of the Nov. 3 deadline.

As with every team in the NFL at this point in the campaign, there are some holes on this Packers roster. Remember, Green Bay is less than a calendar year removed from being blown out in the NFC Championship Game.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has proven to be proactive in free agency during his time in Wisconsin. It’s now time that he takes that MO and makes a season-changing trade. Here’s a look at four realistic Packers trade rumors.

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UPDATE: Nov. 1, 11:25 AM EST

Packers trade for Will Fuller

Green Bay has explored the market for wide receivers since this summer. With the NFL trade deadline approaching on Nov. 3, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport shares that the Packers have maintained an interest in a trade for Will Fuller.

The Houston Texans are sellers, making plenty of key players available for any interested clubs. While it might cost Green Bay a 2021 second-round pick or a third- and fifth-round selections, Fuller would be a tremendous addition to this offense. Averaging a career-high 15.8 yards per catch this season with a touchdown in five consecutive games, landing him would be a boost for Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay could then let him walk in free agency, netting a 2020 compensation pick.

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Green Bay deals for A.J. Green

Green Bay’s success on offense this season has come with its star receiver Davante Adams missing substantial action to injury. He has not suited up since Week 1. While Adams is slated to return against the Buccaneers Week 6, fellow receiver Allen Lazard is currently on injured reserve with a core muscle issue. The Packers will almost certainly be in the market to trade for a receiver ahead of Nov. 3.

The finances as it relates to a potential Green trade with the Cincinnati Bengals are complex. Green, 32, is playing under the $18.17 million franchise tag. The Packers have just $8.3 million to spend under the cap. Given Green’s struggles this season (14 receptions) and injury issues, it wouldn’t cost Green Bay much in draft pick compensation. However, the team will have to either restructure a contract or part ways with a veteran player to make this work. Expect rumors to pick up in this regard moving forward.

Green Bay Packers deal for Myles Jack

The recent injury to free-agent signing Christian Kirksey has the the Packers in a bind at linebacker. They are now relying on Ty Summers and undrafted rookie free agent Krys Barnes to hold down the fort inside. I am not too sure how sustainable that is.

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Instead of focusing on offense ahead of the trade deadline, Green Bay could go in another direction by prying Jack away from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Still only 25, Jack played at a Pro Bowl level in each of his first four NFL seasons. In fact, Pro Football Focus has him graded out as the top linebacker in the NFL this season. It would likely take a 2021 first-round pick to entice Jacksonville in a trade. However, the Jaguars have been sending Pro Bowl defenders to pretty much any team that has called in recent months.

Green Bay Packers deal for Marvin Jones

The Packers could potentially look to go cheaper at wide receiver by trading for this veteran from the division-rival Lions. Rumors continue to persist that Jones could be dealt away. For good reason. Jones, 30, has caught only 19 passes in six games this season. Simply put, the Lions are not using him to the best of his ability.

It would not be a surprise if this rumor were to pick up steam ahead of the Nov. 3 trade deadline. Jones averaged 53 receptions for 830 yards and seven touchdowns in the four years leading up to 2020. He’d be a perfect next to Adams and Lazard. Better yet? The veteran is counting just $9.18 million against the cap. Green Bay could likely have him for a mere mid-round pick.

Green Bay Packers deal for Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz
Jan 5, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) before action against the Seattle Seahawks in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

After failed extension talks, rumors continue to come out of Philadelphia that the Eagles might look to move on from this Pro Bowl tight end. They have Dallas Goedert as the future at this position. Ertz wants to be paid like one of the best tight ends in the game. That’s because he is. Here’s a dude that’s averaged 86 receptions for north of 900 yards over the past five years.

Is tight end really a need for the Packers? No. However, it would be awesome to see Ertz catch passes from Aaron Rodgers moving forward. Add in the presence of Adams at wide receiver and Aaron Jones in the backfield, and this offense would be nearly unstoppable. A recent ankle injury might complicate matters in this regard.