The Green Bay Packers are heavily depleted due to many injuries to key players. But, these undermanned Packers have rattled off four straight wins and have made it to the top of the NFC North. With Jermichael Finley likely done for the season and Randall Cobb likely out until at least week 15, Packers general manager Ted Thompson might be forced to make a deadline deal in order to give Aaron Rodgers more offensive targets.
The Finley injury is what might force the Packers to find a pass catching tight end. One very possible option would be to trade for Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis. Davis used to be thought of as a rising star at the tight end position. But, after suffering a torn Achilles in 2011 and losing his starting job to rookie Jordan Reed, Davis looks like he will be on the shopping block for the right price.
Considering the San Francisco 49ers were able to trade to the Baltimore Ravens for wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a seventh round draft pick, there is no reason the Packers couldn’t get the seldom-used Davis for the same trading price.
On the other side of the ball, the number one concern for the Packers still has to be their secondary. Even though safety Morgan Burnett came back after missing the first three games of the year, the depth (and for that matter, strength) of the Packers safety position is still weak. With that in mind, one player who has been made available but has generated little interest is Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd. Byrd held out until August, and has expressed that he wants to either become the highest paid safety in the league, or get traded.
The reason this can work for the Packers is that Byrd is in the last year of his contract, so unless the Packers discover he is the missing piece to the defensive puzzle, they don’t have to risk any long term money to him. Byrd could make the Packers secondary very dangerous and could be exactly what they need to slow down some of the high powered offenses in the NFC.
The one person who might be standing in the way of these two possible trades is the general manager Thompson himself. Thompson is usually very tentative to pull the trigger on a trade when it comes to trading draft picks, considering those late round picks are currently holding down starting positions as a result of all the injuries. That includes the current offensive line, none of which were picked before the fourth round. But, with all of the injuries, Thompson might finally have to make a deadline move.
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