It should come as no surprise, but the Green Bay Packers elected to allow the NFL's 2015 trade deadline to come and go without any activity on their part. Despite several big names being bandied about on the trading block, general manager Ted Thompson chose to hold onto his draft picks as he usually does, rather than bringing in a big splash.
One of the big names in the trade market was tight end Vernon Davis, who eventually went from San Francisco to Denver on Monday in exchange for a pair of sixth-round draft picks. With the Packers' struggles at tight end, some had suggested that he might be a good fit to help the Green Bay offense attack the middle of the field. However, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports that the Packers were never interested:
Poking around on trade deadline day, was told the #Packers DID NOT inquire about TE Vernon Davis, who went from SF to Denver yesterday.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 3, 2015
This marks the fifth straight year that the Packers have elected not to make a trade during the regular season. The Green Bay Press-Gazette's Wes Hodkiewicz looked back to find the last in-season trade made by the Packers:
Believe it was for Anthony Smith on Oct 18, 2010. https://t.co/rHEt2gIC3J— Weston Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) November 3, 2015
We looked back through the NFL's transaction archive and confirmed that the acquisition of Smith, a safety, is indeed the most recent time that Thompson made a mid-season trade. In fact, he has only ever made two in his ten-plus year tenure as Packers' GM. The other was early in 2006, when he traded running back Samkon Gado to the Houston Texans in exchange for fellow running back Vernand Morency.
Note: Thompson has made a few trades during the preseason and on final cut-down day, including trading OL Tony Moll to Baltimore for DB Derrick Martin on cut-down day in 2009. However, those trades were not considered here.