The Green Bay Packers come into the season with a promising young backup Quarterback, but would a good preseason be enough for them to get significant trade value for Brett Hundley? After falling to the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Hundley had a very solid rookie camp and preseason. Whether that was a product of playing against 3rd and 4th string competition, or the beginning of a legitimate starting NFL Quarterback career, will be tested this offseason.
The Packers will need Hundley to develop because of Aaron Rodgers health concerns over the last three seasons. For a team with Super Bowl ambitions, having a capable backup QB in place is a must. If Hundley performs well in the preseason it may get Quarterback-needy teams interested. Mike McCarthy will give Hundley at least one start during the preseason. With the Packers playing 5 practice games this year, he should see at least 12 quarters of action.
Any reps he gets in the regular season are a bonus, and are additional chances to prove his worth to potential suitors (Hopefully due to the Packers blowing out their opponent and not an injury). Matt Flynn turned two solid games against the Lions and Patriots, and one great game against the Lions into a huge free agent contract from the Seahawks. NFL teams are desperate to acquire a franchise signal caller, and don’t typically follow a conservative approach in acquiring one.
Examples of backup QBs trades include former Packer Matt Hasselbeck. He was dealt to the Seahawks with the 17th pick for the 10th pick and a 3rd rounder. Matt Schaub was traded by the Falcons to the Texans for two 2nd round picks. Kevin Kolb was dealt to the Cardinals from the Eagles for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick.
The situation is made more complex because they are not currently grooming another backup behind Hundley. If there are teams that see Hundley as a legitimate starting Quarterback the Packers would need to get at least a 2nd round pick and a future pick that varies based on the level of his play. This would make the compensation worth moving forward with an unproven backup.
Brett Hundley will be one of the key players to watch this preseason. He will get a ton of reps and have the chance to show the reason the Packers have had such great faith in him, as well as demonstrate his value as a starting Quarterback in the NFL. Whether he is a future trade chip or a great insurance policy for Aaron Rodgers, Hundley’s development is an important piece of the Packers moving forward.Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig