The Green Bay Packers, much to the dismay of Aaron Rodgers, didn’t make any moves before the NFL trade deadline on November 1.
Rodgers wanted the Packers to make some moves, but he also understands that Green Bay might have been forced to give up too much in compensation to pull off any trades.
Aaron Rodgers: "Obviously the compensation for whatever players we were going after, it just didn’t make sense. So I trust Brian and we had some good conversations and I know we were in on some things and it obviously just didn’t pan out."— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 2, 2022
That was the right move by Green Bay because as recently noted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, one move isn’t going to turn things around for the Packers this season.
With the way the season has started for Green Bay (3-5 and a lot of work to do to make the playoffs), it has me wondering if the Packers’ inactivity at the trade deadline has less to do with the cost of players and more to do with a long-term strategy.
I think we all know that this could be Rodgers’ last season in Green Bay. And if it’s not this season, it won’t be much longer. Rodgers has made it clear he’s not going to play until he’s 45 years old like Tom Brady.
So is it possible that Green Bay is already thinking about life after Rodgers?
And if that’s the case, are they already thinking about which draft pick they might have in 2023?
If you don’t follow, I’m suggesting that perhaps Green Bay’s front office didn’t make a move because they aren’t trying that hard to make the playoffs. I think there’s a good chance that they know this team isn’t a Super Bowl contender. And instead of limping into the playoffs just to get eliminated in the first round, they’d prefer to have a high first-round pick to use on a quarterback to replace Rodgers (I don’t think Jordan Love is the guy and I don’t think many folks in the Packers’ facility if they’re being honest believes he’s the guy).
This is all speculation of course, but it would make sense. Green Bay has to start prepping for life after Rodgers soon. And they need a quarterback that can be a star in the NFL (if you have to wonder if you have a star at quarterback, then you likely don’t have a star at quarterback).
The Packers aren’t tanking. They’re working extremely hard to get back to the playoffs. But if it doesn’t work out, I don’t think Green Bay’s front office will be all that disappointed.
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