With the trade deadline approaching at 4pm EST today, there are several moves that could help the Green Bay Packers survive without Aaron Rodgers. While Jimmy Garoppolo, Marcel Dareus, Adrian Peterson, Duane Brown, and Jay Ajayi have already been traded this season, there could be other moves before the deadline. While Ted Thompson has never shown an inclination to trade for veteran assets, this could be the perfect time. The Packers are likely to have four compensatory picks in this years draft, and could afford to move some of their own selections with that in mind. Here are some options:
WR Jarvis Landry – Miami
The Dolphins already made a big move trading Ajayi to the Eagles. Landry is apparently available, and the Packers may be able to nab him for a 3rd round pick. The Dolphins would probably get a 3rd in the 2019 draft if Landry walks this offseason, so accelerating that pick one year would be helpful. Landry is an explosive playmaker the Packers’ offense is sorely lacking, and provides the kind of position versatility Mike McCarthy covets. Getting Brett Hundley some additional support would be a good way to get him on track.
WR T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis
Hilton fits all the same criteria as Landry, but he’s a more proven commodity. I think Green Bay could get him for a 2nd. Or perhaps there is another player they could get in the package…
CB Vontae Davis – Indianapolis
Davis is the best player on a bad Colts defense. Green Bay is sorely lacking in players who can cover one-on-one, and Davis would give them the option to blanket a number one receiver and give help on the other side. Davis would likely cost the Packers a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Perhaps they could get Hilton and Davis for Geronimo Allison, a young CB, and a 3rd rounder.
TE Eric Ebron – Detroit
It is highly unlikely that the Lions would trade Ebron within the division, but they seem desperate to move on from his contract. Ebron has all the physical talent in the world, but has yet to put it together on the field. He’s be the perfect stretch Tight End for the Packers, and could follow the career path of Jermichael Finley from a draft disappointment to a budding star. Ebron would be available to most teams for a late pick, but the Packers may have to give up a 5th rounder to get the in-division trade accomplished.
It’s unlikely that the Packers will make any moves over the next few hours, but there are lots of possibilities to give them the best chance at making the playoffs without Aaron Rodgers.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