3 trades the Packers could make before final rosters are set

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Aaron Rodgers is clearly not overly thrilled about what he’s seeing from his group of receivers early on with the Packers this offseason. Actually, it’s not really “early on” anymore, is it? There are just two weeks before the start of the NFL regular season, and slightly over two weeks before the Packers open their 2022 season against the Minnesota Vikings on September 11.

Within the next couple of weeks, it would be slightly shocking if the Packers and general manager Brian Gutekunst actually did anything to upgrade at receiver or tight end. Why? Because that’s just how Gutekunst has been in his time as GM. After trading away wide receiver Davante Adams, the Packers made some modest moves to “replace him”.

They brought in veteran Sammy Watkins on a relatively low-risk deal. They re-signed Allen Lazard for one year. They re-signed Robert Tonyan. They drafted Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs in rounds two and four respectively. As it turns out, it doesn’t seem like the Packers did enough despite all of the waves Doubs has been making this offseason.

Rodgers has made it clear that the inconsistency from his receivers is frustrating and that the guys need to be better or they’re not going to play. After signing for over $150 million, Rodgers has the clout to say that kind of stuff in Green Bay. The question is — will Brian Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur do anything about it?

Again, that’s unlikely, bordering on absolutely not happening. However, it’s fun to think about some hypotheticals and at least talk about what could be good ideas for Green Bay. If the Packers are going to make any trades before rosters are finalized next week, here are three I think they should look into.

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Green Bay Packers should swing a trade for Cardinals WR Andy Isabella

In the final year of his rookie contract, almost all indications have been that the Arizona Cardinals are going to move on from former second-round pick Andy Isabella. Given the suspension to DeAndre Hopkins to start the year, you can’t help but wonder if that’s actually still going to happen or not, especially with how well Isabella has played.

He’s gone from being worth a 6th or 7th-round pick in a trade to potentially being worth a 5th-round pick, or at least a pick swap. The Packers should undoubtedly be calling the Cardinals regarding Isabella and see if they can catch lightning in a bottle.

Isabella has excellent long speed, he can return punts, and he could become a valuable weapon for Aaron Rodgers this season. Potentially even beyond this season…