We found out last week that the Green Bay Packers were extremely close to making a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers for wide receiver Chase Claypool.

The Packers were willing to give Pittsburgh a second-round draft pick for the talented wide receiver, but the Chicago Bears swooped in with a more valuable second-round pick and landed Claypool.

That wasn’t the only deal that Green Bay almost made last week.

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers also tried to trade for Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller.

From ESPN:

The Packers also revisited their interest in Waller, who they tried to acquire this past offseason when they traded Davante Adams to the Raiders. Green Bay asked the Raiders to include Waller in any package for Adams, but Las Vegas declined, according to sources.

The Packers checked back with the Raiders before the deadline to see if they had any interest in dealing Waller this time, but Green Bay wasn’t willing to offer enough trade compensation to Las Vegas for the Pro Bowl tight end, according to sources.

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Oct 10, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates with tight end Darren Waller (83) after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The idea of adding Waller, a former Pro-Bowler, sounds fun.

Waller has a couple of seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards and he can be a matchup nightmare.

But he’s also become injury prone. Waller missed six games last season and he’s missed two games this season.

Giving up significant draft capital for a player who hasn’t consistently been healthy in recent years would’ve been a terrible move for a Packers team that is more than just one player away. Waller wouldn’t have solved all of Green Bay’s issues. And with this team potentially nearing a rebuild, they need all the draft picks they can get.

I’m sure it was frustrating for fans to see the Packers not make a move at the deadline. But sometimes showing restraint is the best move a general manager can make.

And while it would’ve been nice to see Green Bay make a couple of upgrades, they made the best decision for the long-term health of the franchise by not unwisely giving up valuable draft picks for players who might not help the team that much this season.

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