The Green Bay Packers have apparently settled their backup quarterback situation for 2018. On Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Rob Demovsky reported that the Packers have traded fourth-year quarterback Brett Hundley to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a draft pick in 2019. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport later reported that the pick would be a “mid-to-late rounder.” (Update: Rapoport now reports that it is a 6th-round pick.)
The Packers had given Hundley and DeShone Kizer roughly equal snaps throughout this preseason in an effort to evaluate the two quarterbacks who were competing to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup. Kizer will likely get the start in the Packers’ preseason finale in Kansas City on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy laughed off a question about whether the Packers might give Kizer playing time ahead of Hundley on Thursday. He then went on to say that rookie Tim Boyle would get “more snaps than the other two” quarterbacks due to not playing in Oakland. With Rodgers sitting out this week’s game, expect Boyle to get at least the entire second half as an audition for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Packers selected Hundley in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 147th overall selection. He spent his rookie year as the third-string quarterback behind Rodgers and Scott Tolzien, then took over as Rodgers’ backup in 2016. Last season, he started nine games after Rodgers broke his collarbone, completing 60.8% of his passes for 1836 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. That was good for a passer rating of 70.6, and he also added 270 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Hundley will likely back up Russell Wilson in Seattle, perhaps competing with Austin Davis for the number two job in the Seahawks’ final preseason game.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.