Last night as I was starting to drift off to sleep, planning to write about how the lack of offensive rhythm from the Packers was worrying me, Bob McGinn posted that the Packers should trade Greg Jennings.
I respect Bob McGinn. I sometimes have a Corey Behnke type fandom for the guy, even despite him recently calling A.J. Hawk marginal. But it would be a cold day in hell before the Packers trade Greg Jennings.
In theory, he’s not wrong. The NFL is a money game and there is only so much money to go around. Considering the recent Jordy Nelson contract and the list of other Packer players whose contracts are expiring, Jennings might have drawn the short end of the stick. So why let him walk in the off season for a compensatory pick – one whose value is not assured – when you can try to get something, and possibly something more, for him now?
And the Packers have a lot of needs. The idea of getting someone who can tackle, or replace Jarrett Bush in the starting lineup, or additional help on the offensive line or a couple of high draft picks is more than appealing. But the same logic of why get nothing for him next year also works in reverse. Why pay for Greg Jennings now, when you can get him for less in a couple months?
There are teams out there, with desperate needs in the receiving corps. McGinn lists potential trade partners as: Miami, Buffalo, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Oakland, Carolina, Seattle and St. Louis. The majority of those teams are in rebuilding mode. Teams themselves that are collecting draft picks. These teams aren’t “all in” this year. They aren’t one piece away from making a run.
The NFL is not known for block buster trades in the same ways that baseball and basketball are. You don’t hear of 4 team, 8 player trades in the NFL. Comparatively, the trade market in the NFL is boring. To its part, the NFL did decide to move the trade deadline back two weeks this year.
Maybe between now and then some high profile team, determined to finally live up to its potential, will find itself with an injury depleted receiving corps and be desperate. Maybe someone, the likes of Dallas or the Chargers, will come calling and maybe they’ll be desperate enough to pay what will surely be a huge bounty that Ted Thompson will demand. But also maybe the Packers will have an injury to a wideout and be unwilling to part with a key piece to their post season aspirations.
Just like potential trade partners, the Packers are in a small window of opportunity for success. The Packers should not be willing to make that window smaller this year in hopes that it turns into a door next year.
A quick glance at recent NFL trades also are enough to make one nervy about the idea. Kevin Kolb and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. A backup and someone who had zero interceptions last season. The Donovan McNabb to Washington to Minnesota merry-go-round can be more upsetting to a stomach than an actual merry-go-round. Jabar Gaffney and Jeremy Jarmon, Washington got a receiver and Denver got someone whom they cut before the season started and no other team deemed worthy enough to pick up. Carson Palmer is probably the best in season trade in recent years, and that was because he simply refused to play for his original team, and they had no choice but to deal him.
After trading up in the most recent NFL draft, Packers GM Ted Thompson joked about these out of character actions saying, “I’m not my father’s son.” If Ted Thompson suddenly became the type of GM who makes splashy mid-season moves with high risk and not assured reward, he wouldn’t simply be “not his father’s son,” he’d be cyborg Ted from another planet.
Jayme Joers is a writer at CheeseheadTV’s Eat More Cheese and co-host of CheeseheadRadio. She also contributes to Pocketdoppler.com and brentfavre.com. You can contact her via twitter at @jaymelee1 or email at Jaymelee1@gmail.com.