3 Bold Predictions for the Packers Offseason
While the Green Bay Packers can usually be counted on to be one of the top NFL teams every season, there's uncertainty in the air this offseason.
Rumors have resurfaced regarding Aaron Rodgers' potential departure from the Packers, as well as the uncertainty about whether or not All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams will re-sign with the organization. Even if the dynamic duo returns, Green Bay will still be looking to figure out how to overcome recent playoff failures to return to the Super Bowl for the first time in over a decade.
Keeping that in mind, here are three bold Predictions for the Packers' offseason.
Packers Bold Predictions
1. Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams Return
Even though it would be fun to watch the chaos of Rodgers and Adams leaving Green Bay, they have all the reasons to stay for the time being. For starters, the Packers are never going to get proper value back in a Rodgers trade and it doesn't make financial sense for them to buy him out. Plus it'll be easier for both sides if he moves on next offseason. If Rodgers stays, it'll be easy to convince Adams to re-sign considering the incredible chemistry he has with the four-time NFL MVP. It's tough imagining them finding that same relationship elsewhere and playing for the Packers always gives them a legitimate shot at competing for a Super Bowl.
2. Packers Draft Drake London at No. 28
Rodgers has made it abundantly clear that he'd like more weapons in the passing game for the last few years now. While Adams is among the best at his position, the team needs a legitimate secondary option and USC wideout Drake London could be that guy if he's available at Pick No. 28 of the 2022 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, he has the perfect frame for a playmaking wide receiver. London is also coming off of a fractured ankle, so it's entirely possible that teams' hesitation to draft him could cause him to fall to the Packers at No. 28. Still, he had 88 receptions for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns in the eight games he did play for the Trojans, making him the perfect addition to Green Bay's offense.
3. Packers Cut Za'Darius Smith
Outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith is one of Green Bay's best defenders... when healthy. That last part is key because the two-time Pro-Bowler missed all but two games last season (including playoffs) due to a back injury. While fans would love to see him re-take the field in full health, he's approaching his 30s and may not recover as effectively. Not only that but he's scheduled to have a cap hit of $27.6 million in 2022. That's a lot of money for a player whose health is up in the air. If the Packers cut him, they'll save $15.3 million in cap space, which can be used to flesh out more areas. As great as Smith over his Green Bay tenure, the writing could be on the wall.
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