The NFL’s trade deadline has come and gone, and the Green Bay Packers have not made any roster moves involving other teams.
I know. This is a shocking development.
The Packers did free up a space on their 53-man roster on Monday, waiving running back Knile Davis, but despite carrying that one vacant slot, General Manager Ted Thompson has chosen to stand pat with his roster for the time being.
At one point, rumors began circling that the Cleveland Browns were shopping former Packers cornerback Tramon Williams. Williams spent eight seasons in Green Bay before departing for Cleveland in free agency before the 2015 season. However, his $6 million cap hit was likely too pricey for the Packers, who currently hold approximately $9 million in salary cap space.
Two teams in particular were mentioned prominently in trade rumors today, however. A pair of San Francisco 49ers were discussed as being on the trade block - wide receiver Torrey Smith and left tackle Joe Staley. Also mentioned frequently were Williams plus fellow Browns teammates Joe Thomas (the tackle, not the Packers’ linebacker) and cornerback Joe Haden.
Rumors also swirled around the Dallas Cowboys as buyers, as they were linked to both Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake. However, neither of those deals happened, either.
Perhaps the closest we came to a significant trade around the NFL was the Eagles’ efforts to acquire Smith from San Francisco, but the two teams were reportedly a few rounds apart on the draft pick that would be involved in the deal. The only trade of the day involved cornerback Johnthan Banks going from Tampa Bay to Detroit in exchange for a conditional 7th-round pick.
This leaves the Packers with the cast of characters they currently have at the depleted running back and cornerback positions. Green Bay has just Don Jackson and the injured James Starks as the “true” running backs on the team, along with Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams, who have been used there in recent weeks. At corner, Packers fans will continue to hope that Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins rehab quickly and can help bolster the unit that features LaDarius Gunter and Demetri Goodson as starters at present.