Five Potential Trade Targets For the Packers

The Packers can still improve the roster

The Green Bay Packers are not a team which tends to trade future draft capital in order to upgrade immediately. However, Brian Gutekunst has always been open to the idea of improving the roster if the price is right, as he has done several trades during his stint as general manager. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a common ground before the season, because teams still don’t know exactly how their rosters will perform in specific areas, or they don’t know yet how competitive they will be. Therefore, these five suggestions are not necessarily for right now, but could be made until the trade deadline, in November.

Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
How much the Packers would absorb:
2022: $ 3 million
2023: $ 9.7 million 
2024: $ 16.9 million
2025: $ 16.9 million

Disclaimer: it's not an easy trade to pull off, because the Seattle Seahawks would have to handle $ 28.2 million in dead money. But it could be worth it for the Packers to invest draft capital in Lockett, 29, if the current options at wide receiver don't pay off. Lockett is a fast and smart receiver, who has had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He'd be less expensive than DK Metcalf and a good fit in Matt LaFleur's offense — Lockett's best season was in 2021, under offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, who also comes from the Sean McVay's coaching tree. Another good point is that there would be no guarantees left after 2022, and the cost is controlled for two years.

Jerry Hughes, Texans
How much the Packers would absorb:
2022: $ 2.5 million
2023: $ 5 million

That trade scenario won't happen before the season, because Jerry Hughes signed this offseason. But it's something possible during the regular season, when the Houston Texans might be more inclined to trade veteran pieces for future capital — a similar situation to Melvin Ingram's one last year, since he was traded midseason from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Kansas City Chiefs. Hughes is 33 years old, but still can produce as a rotational pass rusher. The value is good (at most $ 2.5 million, but it reduces as the season goes on), and there is no guarantee after 2022, so the $ 5 million for 2023 is essentially a team option.

Jamal Agnew, Jaguars
How much the Packers would absorb:
2022: $ 4.37 million
2023: $ 4.75 million

Those numbers look too high for a gadget player, so this trade would demand that the Jacksonville Jaguars are fine keeping some of Agnew's contract to make it happen. But the Packers could certainly use his skillset, as a returner and gadget offensive player — something the Packers had with Tyler Ervin two years ago and tried unsuccessfully with Tavon Austin. Agnew was probably the best part of the Jaguars' offense last year, but might lose reps with the coaching change — Urban Meyer was high on having a gadget player in the offense, the reason why he drafted Travis Etienne in the first round.

Jalen Reagor, Eagles
How much the Packers would absorb:
2022: $ 1.8 million
2023: $ 2.4 million

Reagor was a high-valued prospect coming out of TCU — he was selected one pick before Justin Jefferson, for instance. But his NFL career has been a disappointment so far. Maybe a change of scenery is what the 23-year-old receiver needs. Reagor had 396 and 280 yards in his first two seasons, combining three touchdowns, but is a fast receiver, with ability to create yards after reception, and has some talent to perform better. He has shown some value as a returner as well, and is an inexpensive addition.

Juwan Johnson, Saints
How much the Packers would absorb:
2022: $ 895,000 (RFA in 2023)

The New Orleans Saints are still trying to keep their window open, but it's hard to predict how their season will go after losing Drew Brees and Sean Payton in consecutive offseasons. If things break down, the franchise might be willing to recoup some draft capital after using future picks to build the current version of the team. And Juwan Johnson is an enticing receiving tight end — last season, he had just 159 yards, but four touchdowns.

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Wendell Ferreira covers the Green Bay Packers for Zone Coverage and Cheesehead TV. He is a Brazilian journalist with over a decade of experience covering the NFL, soccer, NBA, and MMA. Follow him on twitter at @wendellfp  

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Leatherhead's picture

July 05, 2022 at 11:20 am

I read the headline, then I asked myself some questions before I read the article.

🇺🇸 How many of the five are pass catchers.
🇺🇸 How many are blockers
🇺🇸 How many would be old guys that would make cutting a young guy necessary.

I was not disappointed, it broke down pretty much the way I thought.

Look, I know this is the dead part of the year, and I know you always are looking for way to improve the team. But at some point, you have to dance with the girl you brought and quit wishing she was someone else. This roster has been built over years, and only about 44 position players are going to dress out. We'll have to cut 37 guys already to make the 53 man limit.

Take WR, for example. Who would we cut? Cobb, who is Rodgers' best friend on the team and is playing for free? Lazard? Watkins? Doubs? Lazard? Amari?

IMO, with training camp around the corner, it's not about adding more talent to the pile, it's about building a team that can fight through a ton of stuff in the world's most grueling competition for six months. I'm not expecting the GM to add any kind of real difference maker to this roster at this point. We could really use a dependable right tackle, but we let Billy Taylor go and I don't think we're going to find a better guy available at this point. Clearly, the Packers think they have an answer at RT that is better than keeping Taylor would have been.

So, as Norman Dale said to the student body at Hickory High, "This is your team".

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Rarescope's picture

July 05, 2022 at 01:41 pm

Billy Taylor - assuming you mean Turner? I initially thought it was a fun typo ie Billy Turner and Patrick Taylor (RB) but I was thinking of Lucas Patrick (C), who is now playing for the Bears.

And I hope I'm wrong as I'm a real sucker for the Cobb/Rodgers (Amari) relationship story, but yes, I think Amari is the first one that we would have to cut if someone better came along. Coaches straight up said that he didn't play much last year because he wasn't ready.

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MarkinMadison's picture

July 05, 2022 at 02:26 pm

In light of how Gutey has been doing business, I'll see your Norman Dale and raise you a Bluto, "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

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dobber's picture

July 05, 2022 at 03:31 pm

HELL NO!!!

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Guam's picture

July 05, 2022 at 02:49 pm

Spot on LH. I had the same reaction you did. The Packers spent three draft choices on rookie WRs and now they are supposed to trade for a veteran WR so they can cut one of the rookies they drafted. Huh.....

Let's see what the rookies have in TC and if some of them need time on a practice squad, then go looking for veteran fill-ins. Preferably vets that have been released by their team so the Packers don't have to eat large contracts or cough up future draft choices.

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mnbadger's picture

July 05, 2022 at 12:29 pm

I can't totally agree with LH, but can't discount his comments by any means.
I'm not sure who will be brought in, but we have cash and depth positions to fill. I'm hoping Gutey can use one to fill the other, whomever it is. Especially at safety, edge, Tackle and maybe TE. GPG!

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ricky's picture

July 05, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Lockett: He'd be expensive right around the time that Rodgers will probably be exiting. Would he fit with a different QB?
Hughes: Seems like the team has already done a similar move with Reed. Why duplicate, and pay draft capital also?
Agnew: Effectively, another rookie for Rodgers to get used to. Why?
Reagor: Another guy who is underperforming. Another rookie for Rodgers to get used to. One pick before Jefferson? So, they made a huge mistake.
Johnson: Finally, someone who is somewhat intriguing. A decent kick returner, and a player for LaFleur to utilize in creative ways? This might actually work. And if he wants too much next year, adios.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 05, 2022 at 12:58 pm

I think you're a little confused there. Hughes is an Edge not a DT. Agnew is the KR/WR, Johnson is a TE.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 05, 2022 at 12:57 pm

I'm not against them adding another Edge or DB to the mix but that doesn't have to be done now and it doesn't have to be a high cost trade. Maybe a player for player swap at cutdowns. Depending on how the season is going an addition before the trade deadline for a veteran player looking for a ring could be a good investment. You could say the Rams paid way too much for a half season of Von Miller but they should get a 3rd or 4th round comp pick out of it and there's no denying he and OBJ helped them to a title.

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dobber's picture

July 05, 2022 at 03:41 pm

3rd S with coverage chops is what I'll be looking for. Maybe they decide Carpenter or some of these holdovers from the PS can do it, but IMO this is the weakest point on the roster at this stage.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 05, 2022 at 07:37 pm

I don't know anything about his injury history but Desmond Trufant seems like one of those guys that could squeak out another couple years by moving to safety. He had a bad year for Detroit in 2020 played alright for the Raiders in spurts last year. Old but cheap with lots of experience.

I looked at the CB FAs because the S FAs were pretty ugh.

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 05, 2022 at 01:09 pm

Do the Packers NEED to sign other players because they aren't confident in what they have to make a roster worthy of the goal?

I think the FO needs to wait until camp starts and see who is what, who has what, who isn't what they seemed, and the injuries that will likely come about.

Naturally, if a steal deal comes about that fills a need, whether starter or solid backup, do it, if able, but he has to be better now than what you replace, and not better in a distant past.

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PeteK's picture

July 05, 2022 at 04:12 pm

Absolutely, let's see what we have during the preseason because there are some possible solid backups. I would save my money and picks for the mid season when better options become available for an injury replacement or upgrade.

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MarkinMadison's picture

July 05, 2022 at 02:24 pm

OT
OLB
S
TE

I think that is the order for adding starters or depth. And really TE might be the only place where a starter is needed, depending on how the OT injuries shake out. If a WR is added, it will be a veteran in November, but by then I think we will find it is not needed (hopefully).

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gbxby's picture

July 05, 2022 at 11:12 pm

Packers are already deep at TE. Bringing on another would make no sense. Tonyan will be back, probably early in the season. Deguara showed more promise as the season went on and will have a solid season. Lewis is Lewis - dominant blocker who will catch a few passes. Sounds like everyone around the team is excited about Tyler Davis’s potential. Confused where they’d add another TE that would start over and of those guys.

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Nate-1980's picture

July 06, 2022 at 02:42 pm

None of our tight ends are great pass catchers or reliable, Tonyan is coming off knee surgery and only had one good season...Deguara has proven nothing( except dropping a big pass in a po game) and at this point is a wasted day two pick, and I don’t know where this optimism comes from in regards to him..Then a ps guy with upside and a good blocker in Lewis, so none of them are complete.. A lot of bodies, but nothing much..

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BuckyBadger's picture

July 05, 2022 at 02:46 pm

If you are going to take the time at least give us some realistic options. Jerry Hughes as you said just signed, if he is available than he is washed up. Lockett isn't going any where. Agnew doesn't really bring much to the table and Robinson was the best part of the Jags offense. You don't trade for the Juwan Johnson's of the world, they can be found. Reagor is the only person of the 5 that is an interesting idea. Philly might look to garner something with him since they have made some moves at WR this off season. I would like to see an edge rusher or OL.

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Oppy's picture

July 05, 2022 at 04:38 pm

Safety is the thinnest position on the roster (outside of punter), and I say that because I'm still not sure who Darnell Savage is.

If we're talking about making moves, and we're not talking about adding depth to the Safety room, what the hell are actually talking about?

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Coldworld's picture

July 05, 2022 at 04:58 pm

We are going through the annual dead zone search for the shiny object phase. Pundits love to speculate about signings, but at this point, most good targets are gone or not in a hurry to sign, knowing that injuries will happen soon and up their bargaining power, are vets happy to limit camp work, or are coming out of an injury themselves.

Gute has churned the roster consistently during summers over his tenure, but it’s not for the kind of players cited here. His summer signings have been under the radar role players, potential or vets as bargain depth.

Gute may yet find a T, but if that player is out there Gute’s team already know who he is. There’s no rush. Looking at this roster, I don’t see a player on it who is clearly unworthy of a 90. Some I know nothing about, admittedly, but Gute is going to get the biggest opportunity to pro scout coming up and there will be a lot of Douglas/Tonyan/Davis/Lazard types not making rosters with fresh scouting info by the end of August as well as others coming free as other teams sort out their plans and more knowledge of those we have now. In addition, our own injuries may dramatically change priorities.

None of those mentioned are worth the cost as things stand and now is not the time to be jumping. If we move expect it to be a player about whom the initial fan response is “who?” or “is he still playing?” and that will not likely happen till camp has kicked off. As LH has said, by now, they know what’s out there and have largely chosen to run with what they have for now.

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HarryHodag's picture

July 05, 2022 at 04:46 pm

No need to think about this because none of the trades will happen. The team needs to stand pat with the roster until they can boil down some of the dead money on the cap. I doubt seriously that any NFC team will try to strengthen Green Bay.

Another consideration is giving up draft picks. As time goes on the picks are going to be golden. That is how the Packers will stay competitive. I look at the positions where Green Bay could swap a player to another team and I don't see a position that is so deep that they would do that.

Oddly enough the one player that could get dealt(and very likely won't) is Jordan Love. But giving up your possible QB of the future(and affordable too) is a stretch. Some team short on QB's might come calling, but the Packers would be dangerously thin at QB if Rodgers got hurt and Love was traded.

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Bure9620's picture

July 06, 2022 at 12:34 am

I would not sacrifice any significant draft capital for any of these players. Nothing before the season. I would only make a move if there is a disasterous number of injuries at a position group during camp.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

July 06, 2022 at 07:09 am

Jerry Hughes is 34. Houston signed him for 2 years, $10M with $5.5M fully guaranteed, including just a $2.5M signing bonus. GB might acquire him mid-season for $1.2M to $1.5M but would be on the hook for at least his $1M guaranteed base salary in 2023. He can still play, though his missed tackles percentages are enormous for the last three seasons. A dubious move by the Saints, who do not want to admit they are rebuilding.

Lockett turns 30 in September. $28M dead money is a lot, so with that and Lockett being good it probably takes at least a first round pick. The cap is doable for Seattle: they gain about $3M in cap space for 2022 and lose about $4.4M in cap space in 2023. It is notable that Lockett did not defer his option bonus ($13M) that was due 2/18/22. That increased his dead money by that amount, and was paid prior to the time Seattle could trade him. Lockett has also criticized the offensive game plans, suggesting that opponents were playing different schemes than expected, including a lot more two high safety looks, and arguably alluding to an unwillingness or inability on the part of Russell Wilson to use the middle of the field. IDK. He is a good player and the money would work, but AR hasn't gone over the middle much lately, he is getting older, and it would take some high draft picks.

Agnew is 27. He has played 56 games in five seasons. His high is 260 snaps on offense, and 202 on STs. He is a competent KR and PR. He is a gadget player. He gained 229 yards with a 9.5 yard average per rec and 5.9 per attempt. 7 rushing attempts for 111 yards (15.9 yd/att average). His base salary is $4M. A nice luxury but that might be steep.

Juwan Johnson is an ERFA and former UDFA. Checking Canal Street Chronicles, they think Taysum Hill and Adam Trautman are their move or Y tight ends, with Nick Vannett as the blocker. They were wondering if Juwan Johnson had added enough weight/muscle to the 231 pounds he had at the combine to become a dual purpose TE. Johnson has long arms, big hands, and ran a 4.58 forty with a good 3-cone (6.94), but benched just 14 reps and had some issues with routes and drops, but was good blocking in space. They were running articles on adding Eric Ebron and noted that the Saints had brought in numerous TEs for tryouts. IDK. Tyler Davis was 22 pounds heavier and benched 23 reps, but ran a 4.71. I would not give much for Johnson.

Jalen Reagor was drafted high. Great vertical and broad numbers, and a decent forty, but guys who run 7.31 three-cones and don't do a pro day don't do much for me. Returns punts (7.3 average) and kickoffs (21.3 ave). Has 2 fumbles in 2020 on not that many touches (39 in '20) and 2 more fumbles on 86 touches (includes receptions, rushes, PR and KR) in 2021. I don't see the rationale for Philly dumping him or GB wanting him, at least in particular.

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mrtundra's picture

July 06, 2022 at 08:06 am

I'll say no to getting these guys listed. We have players on the team, now, who are not utilized enough. I want to see Amari Rodgers strictly as a WR and not on STs, where he was not great. I wonder how much time Doubs and Toure will see on the offense, this season? I think we have something in these guys and let's see what they can do before we get someone else who will make them compete for playing time or relegate them to the practice squad, and maybe create another cap mess for us.

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PatrickGB's picture

July 06, 2022 at 10:34 am

I am not sure about the examples presented. Yet I like that the Packers now have a GM who isn’t afraid to make a move if needed.

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