The Green Bay Packers finishing near the top of the NFL regular-season standings is something that fans have come to expect in recent years. Unfortunately, they haven't managed to translate that into postseason success, proven by them not making the Super Bowl since their victory in 2011.
The Packers head into the 2022 NFL season after making a handful of significant offseason moves, hoping to return to football's big dance. Even though some of the decisions will lead to Green Bay fielding a better team, the organization may soon regret some of the others.
Here's a look at three offseason moves that the Packers will regret.
Green Bay Packers Offseason
1. Trading Adams Without Telling Rodgers
One of the more shocking deals this offseason was when the Packers traded superstar wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. The shocking part is that Green Bay pulled the deal off after Aaron Rodgers signed a three-year, $150.8 million deal. Rodgers has since said that he had no idea that the trade was coming and was certain he'd play with Adams in 2022. The Packers have already frustrated Rodgers by not finding him more WR help before, only to trade the best one he's ever played with. Obviously, the organization couldn't do much if Adams was set on leaving, but pulling the deal off without giving Rodgers a heads up could add to an already shaky relationship.
2. Not Using Either First-Round Pick on a WR
With Adams gone, many assumed that the Packers were going to use one of their two 2022 first-round picks on a wide receiver. Instead, they selected a pair of defenders in Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt. They eventually nabbed Christian Watson 34th overall and while he could be good one day, only time will tell how he handles the increase in skill level after playing for an FCS school. It would've been nice to see the Packers trade up for someone like Treylon Burks or Jahan Dotson, both of who could have a higher ceiling than Watson. Green Bay's WR is fairly thin and if Watson doesn't produce right away, the Packers may come to regret not moving up.
3. Losing Za’Darius Smith to the Vikings
Two-time Pro-Bowl linebacker Za’Darius Smith was released from the Packers this offseason after a back injury held him to only one game last season. Although Green Bay released him to create cap space, it's a move they could regret if he's completely healthy next year. After all, the 29-year-old was a beast with 26.0 sacks in his first two seasons with the Packers. To make matters worse, Smith signed a three-year deal with the rival Minnesota Vikings. He'll now be terrorizing Green Bay's offensive line alongside Danielle Hunter at least twice a year. Sometimes cutting players is necessary, but the Packers are going to wish they did more to bring back Smith.
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