The Green Bay Packers are 5-1 and in first place in the NFC North.
On their heels are the resurging Chicago Bears at 5-2.
In the Packers loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, some of their deficiencies were exploited.
It should be noted that the Packers are historically a team that is very conservative with trades, particularly midseason ones.
Also, there is an overwhelming concern about the 2021 salary cap given the financial losses the NFL experienced this year with the pandemic.
The cap could be as low as $175 million in 2021, and the Packers have free agents who will need new deals.
So the Packers who are believed to only have $6 million in cap space right now would be in the market for trades that require low contract obligations for the organization for this year and beyond.
Draft picks are also something the Packers would consider giving up.
The trade deadline is Tuesday November 2.
Three Options The Packers Should Consider:
1. Pass Rusher – Vic Beasley, Tennessee Titans
Beasley is an outside linebacker who had plenty of success in Atlanta until the Falcons let him go via free agency prior to the 2020 season.
The Titans signed him to a 1 year deal with a base salary of $3.5 million, and his arrival in Tennessee has been atypical.
He reported late for camp for reasons that were never really explained.
Vic Beasley says he showed up 10 days late to camp over a “little disagreement”.
Do you buy it?
He also says he loves football.
Some will have trouble buying that as well. #Titans
— Justin Beasley (@JBeasleyWSMV) September 25, 2020
Beasley dealt with a knee injury that limited his playing time.
Assuming he is healthy, he could be a welcome addition to the Packers.
Preston Smith has certainly struggled in 2020 to get to the QB so perhaps Beasley would be reenergized at Green Bay and could contribute.
The question mark on Beasley is if the best of his years are behind him.
Vic Beasley Jr. has regressed after a strong start to his career. Can the #Titans bring the most out of him in 2020?
First 2 seasons: 98 QB pressures, 20 sacks, 14.3% pass-rush win-rate
— PFF TEN Titans (@PFF_Titans) May 18, 2020
Assuming the Packers are worried about 2021 cap issues and are playing for 2020 success, Beasley is a viable option.
2. Pass Rusher – Ryan Anderson, Washington Football Team
Do the Packers need 2 pass rushers by November 3?
Probably not, but in order to hopefully secure one, they need options.
Ryan Anderson is a young player at the end of his rookie contract.
He becomes a free agent in 2021 after earning a base salary of $1.2 million in the 4th and final year of his rookie deal.
Anderson played well in 2019 and had 30 solo tackles and 9 QB hits.
Given Anderson’s limited playing time and widespread speculation that both he and Ryan Kerrigan are being shopped around, the Packers could make a deal.
Washington DE/OLBs Ryan Kerrigan and Ryan Anderson are available for trade, according to Albert Breer. It would have to be a pretty good offer for Washington to part with Kerrigan, which likely won’t happen.
— Jordan (@jordanasri) October 30, 2020
3. Wide Receiver/Tight End – Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
Aaron Rodgers could definitely use offensive targets.
WR Michael Gallup is a logical candidate given the emergence of rookie CeeDee Lamb and the Cowboys’ current QB issues.
Gallup is in the 3rd year of his 4 year contract where he is earning a base salary of $750,000 this year and $920,000 in 2021.
Michael Gallup has good hands and could make an immediate contribution.
— ✭ 𝘉𝘦𝘯 ✭ ¹⁵⁻⁹ (@BetTheBoyz) August 31, 2020
It is really hard to speculate if the Packers will make trades on Tuesday.
The 2020 season is so unique; expect anything.