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Packers Linebacker Reportedly on the Trade Block

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Preston Smith could reportedly be on the trade block for the Green Bay Packers.
Preston Smith could reportedly be on the trade block for the Green Bay Packers. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers have a pass-rushing problem. Last season, the team generated pressure at the sixth-lowest rate in the league. Part of the reason for that was a significant dip in performance from Preston Smith, who only racked up 4.0 sacks after a 12.0-sack season in 2019.

And as a result, there are some rumblings that suggest the team could be looking to move on from Smith via trade this offseason.

This makes a ton of sense. Sacks can be flukey, but Smith's decline wasn't just some fluke. He clearly wasn't the same player last year. ProFootballFocus credited him with 55 pressures in 2019, but that figure plummeted to 26 in 2020.

Cutting or trading Smith would save Green Bay $8 million in cap space this season, though the team would incur a dead cap hit of $8 million as well. Still, that could be valuable to a team that's currently $5 million over the projected cap.

Don't be surprised to see the cap-strapped Packers make Smith available for a trade this offseason.

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