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Packers make no moves at quiet 2019 trade deadline

The few big deals that were reportedly in the works fizzled out by the 4:00 PM ET deadline.

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The Green Bay Packers, like nearly every team in the NFL, decided to stand pat on Tuesday as the NFL’s trade deadline came and went. The big deals in this year’s trading period went down early, with the likes of Jalen Ramsey, Mohamed Sanu, and Emmanuel Sanders making their way to new homes in the past few weeks.

In fact, the only notable move that actually took place on Tuesday was a salary dump. The Los Angeles Rams sent a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to unload cornerback Aqib Talib — who is currently on injured reserve — on the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins sent a future seventh-round pick in the deal to provide some semblance of compenstaion, effectively adding a fifth-rounder to take on the $4 million remaining on Talib’s contract.

There were plenty of rumblings in the hours leading up to the 4:00 Eastern deadline, however. The most notable of these was a possible deal between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets, who were evidently trying hard to work out an agreement around safety Jamal Adams. In the end, the Jets evidently wanted more than the Cowboys were willing to offer for the All-Pro, and the two sides were unable to strike a deal.

General manager Brian Gutekunst and the Packers were relatively quiet throughout the lead-up to the deadline, however. Although they reportedly were checking in on some players around the league, there were never any significant reports of them being anywhere near a potential trade. Gutekunst, like his predecessor Ted Thompson, keeps his negotiations private, minimizing the amount of information that leaks out of the team facility.

With that said, one player in whom the Packers were reportedly curious was Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson. On October 1st, APC speculated about Anderson being a potential trade target for the Packers, and according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Gutekunst was interested. However, the Jets reportedly received an offer of a fourth-round pick for Anderson from at least one other team — no word on whether it was from the Packers — and elected to pass, keeping Anderson instead for the remainder of the season.

Now that the deadline has passed, all players — younger players and vested veterans alike — are subject to the waiver system until the end of the year.