The Green Bay Packers failed to make any strikes by the Nov. 1 commerce deadline. For that cause, the Packers are the largest losers in the NFC North this week.
It’s been a troublesome week for the Packers.
First, there was dropping in primetime to the Buffalo Bills in what was a must-win recreation for Green Bay. The Commanders loss was irritating sufficient, however being defeated by the Bills pushed the Packers into unfamiliar territory. While Rodgers stated he was seeing “Packers football” in the crew’s resilience, their losses are uncharacteristic.
In every other yr, it wouldn’t be improper for Rodgers to assume the NFC North would be theirs. But this yr, it isn’t, and the NFL commerce deadline on Nov. 1 only crystallized that fact.
Hours earlier than the deadline struck, the 6-1 Minnesota Vikings made a robust postseason push by buying and selling for Detroit Lions tight finish T.J. Hockenson. It’s a logical trade for both sides, much more for the Vikings, who electrify their offense with the previous first-round decide to exchange an injured Irv Smith Jr.
With the Vikings and Lions each benefitting from the commerce, the Chicago Bears made their very own play and scored Chase Claypool from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The worst half? Apparently the Packers had been in the working to land Claypool, but misplaced to their divisional rival.
Understandably, onlookers couldn’t help but wonder why the Packers weren’t ready to land Claypool, or maybe Houston Texans broad receiver Brandin Cooks, for themselves.
Sadly, the Packers tried, however nothing got here to fruition.
With Aaron Rodgers on a two-year deal and the offense clearly not efficient sufficient with out Davante Adams, now was the time to push for a big-name broad receiver. The Packers tried, however was a second-rounder too excessive? Are they hoping that Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs can flip it round? Or will the crew lastly lean slightly heavier on the run recreation?
Perhaps the Packers are cautiously ready to go all in for Rodgers’ final yr on his present contract, or possibly there’s nonetheless hope Odell Beckham Jr. will dash north. The thing is, Beckham Jr. will undoubtedly signal with a playoff contender. Have the Packers carried out sufficient to encourage confidence in Beckham Jr., or did they final likelihood for a roster rebuild slip away to their rivals?
Packers face burning questions on Odell Beckham Jr. after complete NFC North makes strikes
At this level, the New York Giants reunion might be a extra seemingly transfer than a Green Bay journey for OBJ. Giants common supervisor Joe Schoen stated he would “consider” it.
Adam Schefter reported that the San Francisco 49ers had been final yr, and after buying and selling for Christian McCaffrey, it wouldn’t be shocking in the event that they splurged for Beckham Jr.
There are numerous different groups in the combination, together with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens, to identify a number of.
From what’s been shared to this point, there appears to be much more competitors in the market for Beckham Jr. than Claypool, and Beckham Jr. turned down the chance to play for Green Bay final season based mostly on location. And that was with Adams and Rodgers having fun with an MVP season.
That being stated, the most effective the Packers can hope for is that they will now provide Beckham Jr. the highest spot on the crew, and so they can be certain that they up their provide in order that they’re not beat out by any competing crew.
“Whether or not we need an OBJ, who knows, but I like the person, love the player and just want him to be healthy, honestly,” Rodgers said firstly of final month. The scenario has modified significantly since then, and with Beckham Jr. trying to sign somewhere mid-November, Rodgers ought to be a part of in making an attempt to sway Beckham Jr. to join north.
Based on the best way the season’s been going thus far, and the way the commerce deadline unfolded, Odell Beckham Jr. stays the Packers’ final hope at touchdown a top-notch broad receiver to bolster their offense. Hopefully, the Packers will get the message and go all in to benefit from certainly one of Rodgers’ final seasons in Green Bay.