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2 separate trades could make the Packers better in 2022 and in the post Aaron Rodgers years

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There are two separate trades the Green Bay Packers could make this offseason that would make the franchise better in 2022 and in the post-Aaron Rodgers years (whenever that may be).

The first trade is obvious — make a deal for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf.

Metcalf is looking for a new contract as his rookie contract is set to expire after the 2022 season. The former Ole Miss star is hoping to join his former college teammate, wide receiver AJ Brown, as one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.

And just like with Brown, it might take a trade for Metcalf to get that new contract (Brown was traded from the Tennesee Titans to the Philadelphia Eagles in April and subsequently received a mega-contract extension).

The Seahawks have an unsettled quarterback situation after trading Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos earlier this offseason. That’s why I think the Packers could package backup quarterback Jordan Love with a draft pick or two to send to Seattle for Metcalf.

Of course, that then leaves Green Bay without a successor to Rodgers. And we know the end is nearing for Rodgers. In fact, it’s very possible that Rodgers retires after the 2022 season.

That’s where trade No. 2 comes into play. And this one might be controversial.

If the Packers trade Love to Seattle in a deal for Metcalf, I think their next move should be to make a deal for Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re rolling your eyes, stay with me here.

For starters, Mayfield is more of a sure thing than Love. For whatever reason, Mayfield has received a bad rap. But let’s remember that he plays for the Browns, one of the more dysfunctional franchises in the NFL.

Let’s also not forget that before Mayfield arrived in Cleveland, the Browns had gone 1-31 the previous two seasons. In Mayfield’s rookie season, the Browns went 7-8-1. In 2020, Cleveland went 11-5 and won their first playoff game since 1994.

This idea that Mayfield isn’t an NFL starter is silly to me — especially when it’s mostly based on a rough 2021 season where he was injured most of the year.

I like the idea of Mayfield learning from Rodgers — a future first-ballot Hall of Famer — for a season. Mayfield has never had a true NFL mentor. And while I wouldn’t expect Rodgers to go out of his way to mentor Mayfield, the former Heisman Trophy winner could still watch and learn from the Packers legend.

There’s also the fact that Metcalf suggested earlier this offseason that he’d be open to playing with Mayfield. If he forces his way out of Seattle, the uncertain quarterback situation could be a major reason why. And if Metcalf knows that Green Bay has a succession plan for Rodgers, then it could make him open to signing a long-term deal with the Packers.

The only problem with this scenario is that Mayfield is a free agent after the 2022 season. Of course, that’s a situation that Green Bay could deal with after the season when they know what Rodgers plans on doing.

This might not result in the ideal quarterback situation for Green Bay, but it would give the Packers a reliable option as they search for their next superstar quarterback. Green Bay was incredibly lucky with Rodgers after 16 seasons of Brett Favre, but we know the search for a franchise quarterback can often last years. This would help Green Bay bridge the gap, however long it may end up being.

Featured image via Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Ragan
I write about sports stuff. Long-suffering Mets fan from the south. You can complain about me on Twitter at @zachTNT

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