Brian Gutekunst continues to put his stamp on the Green Bay Packers’ roster in his first year as the team’s general manager. And from the trades that he has made since getting the job, it’s becoming clear that he has no patience for malcontents in the locker room.
First, he flipped defensive back Damarious Randall for backup quarterback DeShone Kizer and upgrades in the middle rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. That should have been a sign that if you’re disturbing the peace in the building, like Randall did last year in particular, you won’t be around long.
That made it all but a sure thing that Ty Montgomery wasn’t long for the roster following this week’s events. But look back a few weeks to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s public comments about being less than pleased regarding his contract status and impending free agency to see another player who punched his ticket out of Green Bay.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that these moves happened, and there are myriad ways that the Packers can cover up the new vacancies on their roster. Today we’ll look at the trades and their fallout as the focus of our curds.
Packers put house in order with pair of necessary deadline deals | Packersnews.com
These trades seem to be centered around two things: getting a return for players who were going to leave in the offseason anyway and ridding the locker room of potential problems. Brian Gutekunst is making it clear that if you’re not on board with the team’s direction and attitude, you’re not sticking around.
NFL trade deadline 2018: Grades for every move - SBNation.com
This piece does a good job breaking down the Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trade -- acknowledging that he has been inconsistent this year -- but like so many others it fails to acknowledge that Montgomery was playing virtually no role on offense.
Trades help future without much damage to Green Bay Packers' present - ESPN
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