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3 Trade Deadline Targets Who Could Save the Packers' Season

Larry Rupp
Three trade deadline targets who could save the Green Bay Packers' season.
Three trade deadline targets who could save the Green Bay Packers' season. / AP Photos/Morry Gash

Nothing has gone to plan for the Green Bay Packers this season. Improvements on defense have been met with setbacks on offense as quarterback Aaron Rodgers grows more and more frustrated by the week. The result is a 3-5 start to the year with a number of tough matchups still left to go.

The playoffs remain months away, though, meaning the Packers can get right back into the NFC North title race with a few divisional wins. Adding some depth at the upcoming trade deadline would serve as a huge boost, too. Here's a look at three trade targets who could save the Packers' season.

Green Bay Packers Trade Targets

1. Jerry Jeudy, WR

It's hard to talk about potential Packers' deadline plans without mentioning their wide receiver situation. Green Bay is struggling to keep up with opposing offenses with the likes of Allen Lazard and Romeo Doubs leading the way at WR. However, adding a veteran on the last year of his deal wouldn't do much to help Green Bay in the long run. What would help them in the long run is adding someone like Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy is a former first-round pick that creates separation using his route-running skills and is signed through 2023. He is averaging a career-high 56.1 yards per game in 2022 and could be traded if Denver receives a high draft pick in return. Green Bay should be willing to make that deal.

2. Mike Gesicki, TE

The fact that the Packers have yet to make a move at WR could mean that one is not coming at all. The front office could opt to give Rodgers a new passing weapon in the form of a tight end, instead. Mike Gesicki is stuck playing on the franchise tag for the Dolphins and will enter next offseason as a free agent. That means the price to acquire him won't be too expensive. Gesicki is more of a big WR than he is a TE as his receiving skills outshine his blocking abilities. That could come in handy for a Packers offense in desperate need of a red zone threat. Gesicki has logged 17 touchdowns in 72 career games and is averaging a career-high 4.0 yards after contact per catch in 2022.

3. Daron Payne, DT

Green Bay's offensive struggles are covering just how poorly the defense is defending the run this season. The Packers are giving up 141.3 yards on the ground per game, which ranks as the fourth-worst mark in the NFL. Holes are not being filled in the middle of the defensive line and that where Daron Payne would come in. Payne is a monster of a man and capable of holding his ground against big offensive linemen. The 25-year-old also provides pass rushing help given he has logged 4.5 sacks across eight games this year. Enticing the Commanders with a mid-round pick for a player that is on the final year of his current deal should get a deal done here.

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