One of the biggest criticisms of the Green Bay Packers this offseason has been their decision to not find a No. 1 wide receiver to replace Davante Adams, who was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders back in March.
The Packers signed Sammy Watkins and they drafted Christian Watson, but they still don’t have an Adams-like presence in the offense.
I’ve suggested a few times this offseason that Green Bay should try to make a deal with the Seattle Seahawks for wide receiver DK Metcalf, a Pro-Bowl wide receiver who is looking for a new contract.
Seattle is unlikely to trade Metcalf, but until he signs an extension, the rumors will persist.
Another player the Packers could target in a trade is Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin.
McLaurin, like Metcalf, is also looking for a new contract. As a result, McLaurin is currently holding out.
Washington had hoped McLaurin would attend in his role as a team leader, even if he wasn’t going to work out. The Commanders also want him to develop a relationship with new quarterback Carson Wentz, whom he has not yet worked out with on the field.
Washington head coach Ron Rivera has maintained that the team doesn’t plan to trade McLaurin. But that’s the same thing Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said shortly before the team traded AJ Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles. This season has been so wild when it comes to wide receivers that nothing would surprise me. Rivera saying that Washington isn’t trading McLaurin means nothing to me.
If the Packers can swing a deal for McLaurin (which would almost certainly include a first-round draft pick), they’d be getting a wide receiver coming off back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards, despite not playing with a star quarterback.
McLaurin, if anything, is an underrated player who could become one of the best wide receivers in the NFL playing alongside Aaron Rodgers.
If McLaurin wants to compete for championships and play with one of the best NFL players of all time, then he should demand a trade and point to Green Bay as his desired destination. It worked for Adams, Brown, and Tyreek Hill (traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins), there’s no reason it can’t work for McLaurin.
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