The trade deadline will arrive at 4:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, and that has us at Acme Packing Company speculating about which members of the Green Bay Packers’ current roster could get moved this afternoon.
So far, one name outweighs all the others in terms of trade speculation, as a certain safety continues to come up in reports from NFL reporters. However, recent events at multiple positions have us wondering about a few other Packers who could hold more value for other teams than they have in Green Bay. Here are five players who we think could be potential trade targets this afternoon.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
The Packers have reportedly been fielding calls about the fifth-year safety over the past few days, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Comments from Ha Ha have done nothing to quench the questions about whether he’ll be around after today, particularly this one from Monday:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on possibly being traded before tomorrow's deadline: "I've got about 24 hours and then we can talk."— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 29, 2018
When asked if he'll be talking here or somewhere else, he said: "I don't know, you guys might be surprised." https://t.co/Qk3I7j6qNm
Admittedly, the Packers’ safety depth is unimpressive, and trading away Ha Ha without acquiring another player would likely leave the team with Raven Greene as a starting free safety. But if the team is ready to move on without re-signing him in the offseason and receives an offer with a late day-two draft pick, it could certainly happen.
Our Peter Bukowski discussed why the best thing for both the Packers and Montgomery at this point might be to let the running back find a new home. Given the debacle in Los Angeles, it makes sense, and it’s tough to imagine what role he plays on this team moving forward. Despite his comments to the contrary, when he said “I’ve never been a guy to completely disobey what I’m being told,” that’s still what he did and it’s worth wondering if he will be back on kickoffs if he remains with the team through this week.
On offense, Montgomery played just six snaps, and he nearly got Aaron Rodgers killed on one of them by giving zero effort in pass protection. A conditional late-round pick should be enough for the Packers to move on.
Although he was arguably the Packers’ most productive wide receiver through four games this season, Allison’s absence due to a concussion and a hamstring injury showed that he is entirely replaceable at this point. Davante Adams blew up even without Allison opposite him, while a pair of rookies have begun to demonstrate their playmaking abilities.
On Sunday in LA, Allison had just one catch for 14 yards, while rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling took more snaps and had a pair of receptions for 45 yards and a score. MVS and fellow rookie Equanimeous St. Brown both offer much more speed and even better size than Allison, who will be a restricted free agent after this season. It would not be a shock if the Packers let him walk in the offseason, so if they can get a mid- to late-round pick from a wideout-needy team, that could definitely tempt Brian Gutekunst.
Although Matthews had a very solid game against the Rams on Sunday and leads the team’s outside linebackers in snaps, the fact is that he has not been a major factor much of this year. Furthermore, the Packers reportedly are planning not to re-sign him after the season, and he could still provide some veteran leadership to a team looking for that quality from an edge rusher.
With the Raiders apparently shopping Bruce Irvin, who has more sacks than Clay in each of the past three seasons, the Packers could pick up a slightly younger pass rusher for the rest of the year, shed a little bit of salary, and maybe pick up an early day-three pick while only sending a late pick for Irvin.
See Allison above; the offense actually got better when Cobb was out, and although he continues to see targets, he’s doing very little with them aside from the 75-yard game-winner against the Bears. Drops have been a factor for him this year (though admittedly in a small sample size) but he just does not look like the same player he was a few years ago.
Like Matthews, Cobb has an expiring contract and could make for an intriguing rental for a team in need of a veteran slot receiver. With St. Brown looking good in the slot and Adams seeing more snaps there recently, the Packers wouldn’t be hurting for options on the inside.