Packers trade Justin McCray to Browns for swap of draft picks

The team had planned on releasing the lineman until the Browns called at the last minute. 

After informing the veteran offensive lineman that he would be released earlier in the day, the Packers ended up trading Justin McCray to the Cleveland Browns just before the 4pm est deadline. 

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Rak47's picture

August 31, 2019 at 03:32 pm

Happy for Justin that he will go somewhere that will have familiarity to it and a chance to win a lot of games.
Good Luck, Justin!

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ILPackerBacker's picture

August 31, 2019 at 03:34 pm

That's funny. Ironic. Can't wait to count the posts about this that correspond with our front office being really stupid and CLE the 'real' packers and how Justin sucks

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GBPDAN1's picture

August 31, 2019 at 05:14 pm

I rewatched the Bears opening game (from last season)
yesterday in preparation for the season opener this Thursday. McCray single handedly wreaked the first half.

I'm not disappointed that he's been released because we have upgraded the position considerably and this will be a major difference from last year to this year. Rodgers will be protected much better and we have better depth also

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

August 31, 2019 at 03:54 pm

Packers cutting Kizer says Schefter.

Hopefully the Kizer trade ends up being BGs biggest Mulligan.

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JohnnyLogan's picture

August 31, 2019 at 03:59 pm

Gute was brand new so forgiven, but... should have been able to see past the incompetence of Capers and McCarthy to see that Randal was a good player who just couldn't take Ha Ha's crappy play and Capers stupid D. His problem is he let it be known with his attitude, but Gute should have credited him for his passion. It was a huge fail. Would be a nice player to have right now.

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jannes bjornson's picture

August 31, 2019 at 06:13 pm

McCarthy also like Kizer coming out of Notre Dame. The Guru had some input in that deal, I'm sure.

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TheBigCheeze's picture

August 31, 2019 at 10:42 pm

...cutting Jordy was BGs biggest Mulligan.

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MarkinMadison's picture

September 01, 2019 at 10:36 am

A bit confused by that one, because as much as we all love Jordy he didn't light the world on fire in Oakland, and they cut him after one season.

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jarrettsin's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:04 pm

Good luck to him....that places is getting to be GB south

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nostradanus's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:06 pm

Interesting that they swapped picks?
Does this mean Gute thinks the Packers will have a better record than Cleveland, thus would draft later? Interesting and a bit of a gamble but not a big one.
Odd don’t you think?

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:09 pm

Perhaps a CLE 6th rounder for one of the Packers' 7th rounders?

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Mark Gaedtke's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:11 pm

Better than nothing, I suppose. . .

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Qoojo's picture

September 01, 2019 at 09:27 am

I imagine there is some wording to say that the packers get the higher of the two picks between browns first pick in 7th and packers last pick in the 7th.

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MarkinMadison's picture

September 01, 2019 at 10:38 am

I'll bet there are all sorts of conditions on it so that we come out with a better draft pick no matter how it goes.

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stockholder's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:11 pm

I'm still hoping for a Lane Taylor trade. Jenkins should start.

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jannes bjornson's picture

August 31, 2019 at 06:15 pm

Not against two of the best defenses in the NFL, in a row. Let him get his technique down before being thrown to the wolves. He is good , no doubt, but Taylor has something to prove against Hicks.

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PeteK's picture

September 01, 2019 at 09:31 am

No , we need solid backups

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Djanko's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:12 pm

I'm not sure where I sit on Gute - he was part of the draft process the last 3 years with Thompson and they had far more blunders than successes. Only time will tell. PS, he didn't get Mack or Clowney and sure could have used them!!!

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:39 pm

Unless you were in the meetings, you don't know how much input Gutekunst - or anyone else - had on those picks. Here's what we do know: Thompson had the final say on every draft from 2005 through 2017. Gutekunst had the final say on the last two drafts.

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Patrick's picture

August 31, 2019 at 09:28 pm

Let's just hope that Gute will be replaced if he doesn't find talent for our team in a reasonable amount of time.

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jarrettsin's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:14 pm

Clowney over-rated and would be to big a salery cap hit

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Djanko's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:18 pm

I'm not sure where I sit on Gute - he was part of the draft process the last 3 years with Thompson and they had far more blunders than successes. Only time will tell. PS, he didn't get Mack or Clowney and sure could have used them!!!

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Pierre's picture

August 31, 2019 at 04:33 pm

Yes...Packers now have the leading QB this preseason with 6 TD passes...Tim Boyle...as their backup. He’s going to be exciting to watch leading this Packer offense should Rodgers not be available a game or 2 this season. He has displayed the passing skills and pocket poise to develop into a starting NFL QB if given the opportunity.

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flackcatcher's picture

August 31, 2019 at 05:38 pm

Yeah Right.... Kizer was a salary cut. Boyle is not ready, looks like space clearing for cut pickup at QB position. We all know it's Rodgers or bust this year. Pray for the health of the O line....

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 01, 2019 at 05:45 am

Pierre,
I too like much about Boyle but agree with Jannes (Coldwell thinks he needs 2 years and I tend to agree) that Boyle needs more experience/time to become successful.

Do you remember Jayrone Elliott the LB (about 2013 or 2014) when he came into the league and led the NFL in pre-season with 6 sacks? Remember being so excited about Jayrone but he never developed into much as a player. This pre-season our own Ty Summers led the NFL with 30 tackles. Time will tell with both Boyle and Ty.

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flackcatcher's picture

August 31, 2019 at 05:51 pm

McCray started with a busted shoulder, as I said before he should have been on IR to start the season. Packers had no one else, Bell was signed one week before the start of the regular season. That's on Gute. He gambled, and lost big. What happeded to Rodgers injury wise is a direct result of two factors. One is Rodgers early resigning, taking away money for FA signing. Two is the complete rebuild of the secordary in the wake of the 2017 season. Murphy's jumping the gun on Rodgers signing was one of the last acts of Murphy acting as a "owner". Like pretty much everything else he did on the personal side, this too turned to dust, and now Gute as GM has to clean up Murphy's messes too. McCray is getting a second chance, just like Gute did with Randall last year. Good for you Gute.

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J_brooks's picture

August 31, 2019 at 06:19 pm

We should be applauding Gute/Murphy for signing Rodgers when they did. After all, Rodgers is now only the third highest paid qb in the North! Stafford at $29.5mil/yr and Cousins (Cousins! Gotta love Spielman!) at $29mil/yr. The Rodgers number of $26.5mil/yr is a relative steal.

Good rule of thumb. One can never sign a franchise qb too early given the qb salary inflation trends. The Pack made the clear right call on that one.

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jannes bjornson's picture

August 31, 2019 at 06:20 pm

He drafted Madison to be a guard, but he didn't show up for camp, dealing with trauma. The kicker was Taylor playing hurt. This is not fantasy football.
Bell was on his last legs.

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flackcatcher's picture

August 31, 2019 at 07:39 pm

Every starter play hurt. Every single one. Madison's problems was well known, Packers knew if they drafted him he would not be playing that year. Why? Because the young man told Gute when they interview him. Madison was a developmental pick, Packers made that clear. As I have said in the past, Gute had two pressing issues to deal with. One was rebuilding the secondary which had its starters and core players wiped out from injury starting in 2016. Two was the offensive line which by mid season had 5 guys named Moe starting at various points last season. Pick your poison. That is what Gute had to do. His rebuild of the secondary was his finest hour as GM to date. He rebuilt that secondary from scratch, amazing. The flip side was the O line. Luck played a part, but pride did too for the core four coming back in the starting unit last year. But Gute had no money for a mid round FA signing, Murphy's Rodgers signing took that all away. And we fans knew that in 2017. That was one of the first topics that came up on the Rodgers signing at CHTV, the loss of Cap flexibility for the new GM. (Gute has not been signed yet) Last year the O line had only two backups ready to play, and both had to start the first game at the Falcons, Patrick and McCray. Bell was signed because their was no one else at the price the Packers could afford. We lost Patrick for the season right off the bat, and McCray ripped open his shoulder 1st quarter and had to be taken out. Spriggs was still on the IR, according to Packers close, but not football ready. (whatever that means) There were choices made here, just pointing out the results and filling in some of the details. Not disagreeing at all. As you say, "This is not fantasy football".

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TheBigCheeze's picture

August 31, 2019 at 10:45 pm

....blah, blah, blah....

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flackcatcher's picture

September 01, 2019 at 07:21 pm

Don't care about your teams past. Then you doom their future. (see Dolphins....)

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