The Green Bay Packers made a late preseason trade on Tuesday.
But don’t get too excited. It was far from a blockbuster.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers are trading offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen, who is actually from Green Bay, to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The deal is for an “undisclosed draft pick”.
The Packers selected Van Lanen in the sixth round (No. 214 overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Packers are trading OL Cole Van Lanen, a Green Bay native, to the Jaguars, a source said. It’s for an undisclosed draft pick.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 23, 2022
This move doesn’t come as a huge surprise. On Tuesday, The Athletic predicted that Van Lanen, who played college football at Wisconsin, would be one of the offensive linemen cut before rosters are trimmed to 53.
Instead of releasing him, the Packers wisely found a trade partner in the AFC. They’ll likely receive a late-round draft pick (maybe conditional) as compensation.
The trade of Van Lanen could be good news for offensive lineman Caleb Jones. He’s squarely on the roster bubble and this trade means he has one less player to compete with for a spot.
Green Bay had to get down to 80 players on Tuesday. The 53-man roster deadline is on August 31 at 11:00 AM CT/12:00 PM ET.
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