The Green Bay Packers have reportedly made another move to bolster a thin and injured running back group on Tuesday morning...and it’s one that will likely shock you if you are familiar with GM Ted Thompsons traditional modus operandi.
Ted Thompson made a trade. In the middle of the season.
That’s right, Thompson has reportedly acquired running back Knile Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Chiefs beat reporter Terez Paylor and as confirmed by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The fact that Thompson made a trade is shocking, but the fact that it comes with Kansas City should not be. John Dorsey is the Chiefs’ GM, and he has close ties with Thompson - Dorsey worked in the Packers front office for several years under Thompson before taking the Chiefs’ job.
Now for the player himself. Davis is in his fourth year in the NFL, and was a third-round draft pick of the Chiefs’ in 2013. He has played in four games this season, carrying the ball once for a loss of two yards and catching two passes for 14 yards. Davis also has ability as a kick returner.
His best season game in 2014, when he ran the ball 134 times for 463 yards and six touchdowns while adding 16 catches for 147 yards. One concern is that Davis sat out the Chiefs’ week six game after being listed on the injury report with a concussion. However, he practiced fully all last week leading up to the game, so that appears to be a non-issue moving forward.
Keep an eye on this situation, as it may affect the reported promotion of Don Jackson from the practice squad.
UPDATE: The terms of the trade were disclosed on Tuesday on the league’s transaction wire - the Packers have given Kansas City a conditional 7th-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft as compensation for Davis.