All of the speculation and guesswork about the NFL Draft is now behind us. For the Packers, there was much hope they would add to their safety room in the early rounds, but a safety was not chosen until Round 7.
The questions around Aaron Rodgers’ future have also been answered, with the long-awaited trade to the Jets being completed a few days before the draft. As rumors were swirling that other teams might be interested in trading for Rodgers, the Packers and Jets were still in back-and-forth negotiations to get a deal done. Of course, a player of his caliber and a potential trade is always going to be a big distraction, with many likely to get involved.
It will attract interest from around the league, as well as sports fans who like to place wagers on what they believe might happen next. For instance, there may be some that are already looking at utilizing the available Betway promo codes in Ohio once the season starts and checking out the odds now that it is known which team Rodgers will be trying to lead to a Super Bowl win.
Speaking of Super Bowls, the Green Bay Packers have plenty of work that they need to do to its roster if they are to challenge – with or without their star QB. This includes safety.
Safety is a huge positional need for Green Bay
Among one of the most pressing needs in Wisconsin, the Packers need to find themselves a safety that can come in and make a difference immediately. General Manager Brian Gutekunst may look to go down the route of the draft, but with an established and top-tier player having recently become available, the team might be better off trying to acquire him.
Budda Baker has recently requested a trade from the Arizona Cardinals and the five-time Pro Bowler is thought to be ideal for the Packers. The organization’s current options are all set to be free agents next season, and with the draft class thought to be rather weak in this position, he could be perfect for Green Bay.
It is also believed that the Cardinals would not be in a position to ask for too much in regard to draft capital for the safety, although financing a deal to have Baker arrive at Lambeau Field could be a difficult task to navigate. This is something that those wagering on a potential move with sportsbooks like Betway have noted, as they know it could be a challenge.
Finances suggest a move would be tricky
The Packers may have a lot of cap space available at the moment at around $21 million, but they have a number of different things they need to consider. A lot of the salary cap will be used up by the trading of Rodgers wherever he ends up, while there are a number of rookie contracts that will need to be extended, such as Rashan Gary and Jon Runyan Jr. Even Jordan Love could look for a new deal, but the Packers do have a fifth-year option they could use.
Baker is alleged to want to become the highest-paid safety in the league with his next contract, too. This makes it rather difficult for the Packers to try and navigate, as they do not have a lot of cap space to play with. Other teams would likely be able to meet the NFL veteran’s demands and bring him in with a lot more ease, without causing other future issues that may need to be addressed.