Packers Seek to Trade For $51 Million Playmaker, Per Agent

The Green Bay Packers may not have the skill position players that they used to have, but there is now confirmation that general manager Brian Gutekunst attempted to take a big swing on a Pro Bowl playmaker last season.

 

 

During his YouTube show on Thursday, April 6, former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee had NFL super agent Drew Rosenhaus on to talk about the offseason.

 

 

Packers Seek to Trade For $51 Million Playmaker, Per Agent

 

 

During the interview, Rosenhaus openly admitted that his client, tight end Darren Waller, had been shopped to the Packers and Miami Dolphins last year. “The Raiders were in negotiations last year to trade Darren…[he] was very nearly traded last offseason,” Rosenhaus said.

“I think the Packers and the Dolphins were very interested in Darren at that time, but the trade didn’t happen. The Raiders pulled back, I think, right before those deals could get done.”

 

 

 

 

Waller was instead traded this offseason to the New York Giants, but still remains one of the highest-paid tight ends in the league in the middle of a three-year, $51 million deal. While he would have been an exciting weapon in Green Bay’s offense, the team’s current cap constraints made a trade unrealistic.

The Packers Still Need a Tight End

While the Giants got an exciting and established veteran in Waller, the Packers are now seriously in the market for a tight end in the 2023 NFL Draft.

 

 

As it currently stands, the Packers have just two tight ends on their roster in Josiah Deguara and Tyler Davis. Deguara has been utilized as more of a fullback and lead blocker.

Packers Seek to Trade For $51 Million Playmaker, Per Agent

While Davis had a limited impact in the passing game last season. The Packers will have to replace two key veterans at the position. Robert Tonyan signed a one-year deal with the Bears, and served as a primary passing-game tight end for Green Bay.

Meanwhile, veteran Marcedes Lewis is still a free agent, and the Packers have zero current options to replace him as the blocking in-line tight end in the running game.

Fortunately for the Packers, this year’s draft class is littered with talent at the tight end position. Gutekunst is clearly doing his homework on the position as well.

Packers Seek to Trade For $51 Million Playmaker, Per Agent

Gutekunst brought in massive tight end prospect Darnell Washington for a top-30 visit to Green Bay. Given their current lack of depth at tight end, there’s a real chance the Packers take two players at the position in this year’s draft.