The Inexperienced Bay Packers have been unable to drag off any offers earlier than final Tuesday’s NFL commerce deadline, nevertheless it wasn’t for a scarcity of effort.
The Packers made aggressive makes an attempt to accumulate Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Chase Claypool and Las Vegas Raiders tight finish Darren Waller, league sources informed ESPN.
Inexperienced Bay supplied two draft picks — its second-round choose and one other late-round choose — to Pittsburgh for Claypool, in accordance with sources.
The Steelers believed, nevertheless, that the Packers are able to turning round their season even with out Claypool, in accordance with sources, and a playoff push by Inexperienced Bay would lower the worth of the picks Pittsburgh would have acquired within the commerce. So the Steelers in the end opted for the Bears’ supply of a second-round choose, despite the fact that Inexperienced Bay supplied extra picks than Chicago.
The Packers additionally revisited their curiosity in Waller, whom they tried to accumulate this previous offseason once they traded Davante Adams to the Raiders. Inexperienced Bay requested the Raiders to incorporate Waller in any package deal for Adams, however Las Vegas declined, in accordance with sources.
The Packers checked again with the Raiders earlier than the deadline to see if they’d any curiosity in dealing Waller this time, however Inexperienced Bay wasn’t prepared to supply sufficient commerce compensation to Las Vegas for the Professional Bowl tight finish, in accordance with sources.
Buying the 6-foot-4 Claypool was the first focus, nevertheless, for the Packers, who didn’t categorical curiosity in buying and selling for Houston Texans broad receiver Brandin Cooks, in accordance with sources. A number of groups aggressively pursued a commerce for Claypool, nevertheless it appeared as if Inexperienced Bay would land the third-year receiver.
However talks between the Steelers and Bears heated up Monday, and Pittsburgh finally dealt Claypool to Chicago, which has been trying so as to add weapons for quarterback Justin Fields simply as Inexperienced Bay has been attempting to do for Aaron Rodgers.
Claypool, who is predicted to make his Bears debut Sunday towards the Miami Dolphins, had 32 catches for 311 yards and a landing in eight video games for the Steelers this season.
Rodgers mentioned Wednesday that the Packers’ inactivity on the commerce deadline “sent the message to us that we’ve got to play with the guys we’ve got and win with the guys we’ve got.”
“I think there’s still a lot of confidence in the guys in the locker room,” Rodgers mentioned. “I do feel like we need to get healthy.”