We’ve talked a lot this offseason about the Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver situation and the various trades they could (attempt to) make to alleviate the pain of trading Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders.
I maintain that trading for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf would be the best route to take. Metcalf still hasn’t agreed to a long-term deal with Seattle and the longer that situation continues, the more likely it becomes that he’ll be traded.
There’s another path outside of trading for a wide receiver, however, that Green Bay can take.
Working a deal for Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki might not be a bad idea.
Gesicki is a hybrid tight end/wide receiver-type who is set to play on the franchise tag in 2022. He’s coming off the best season of his career after catching 73 passes for 780 yards and two touchdowns in 2021.
Gesicki, like Metcalf, is looking for a long-term deal. He’s unlikely to get one in Miami because new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel’s offense relies more on blocking tight ends than receiving tight ends.
There’s also a bit of a dispute with Gesicki and the Dolphins. He’d prefer to play on the wide receiver franchise tag instead of the tight end franchise tag (there’s a $7.488 million difference). It’s unclear how big of an issue that is right now, but it’s going to at least be a factor when it comes to his long-term future. A trade, at some point, seems probable.
Gesicki would help fill a void in Green Bay’s passing game while giving Matt LaFleur a unique offensive weapon to use.
The Packers have plenty of avenues they can take to upgrade their offense. I still like the idea of trading for Metcalf the best, but swinging a deal for Gesicki is an interesting idea that Green Bay should at least explore this summer.
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