Make it or break it time has formally arrived for the Green Bay Packers.
The franchise has lower than 24 hours to act earlier than the NFL reaches its commerce deadline, set for Tuesday, November 1, at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. After a loss to the AFC-main Buffalo Bills, the Packers personal a document of three-5 and sit 3.5 video games behind the Minnesota Vikings within the NFC North Division.
Green Bay can enhance with out doing a deal. Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb can get wholesome. Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson can proceed to enhance as their rookie seasons proceed. The offensive line can play nearer to the usual it has set over current years and the protection can tighten up in opposition to the run. But even when all of that occurs, the Packers will nonetheless face an uphill climb to a postseason berth.
The only method to enhance is to deal for a large receiver who provides components of velocity and dynamic playmaking to the offense, corresponding to D.J. Moore of the Carolina Panthers.
Panthers Playing Hard to Get With Potential Moore Trade
There are a handful of such gamers accessible on the commerce market if the Packers are keen to spend the draft capital. Moore appeared possible to be considered one of them after the Panthers shipped off receiver Robbie Anderson and operating again Christian McCaffrey.
Since then, nonetheless, Carolina bested the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and almost defeated the Atlanta Falcons in extra time. Had the Panthers gained each video games, they’d have been 3-5 and main the NFC South Division primarily based on tiebreak eventualities. As it stands, they’re 2-6 and in final place.
But after exhibiting indicators of life, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on October 23 that Carolina didn’t intend to commerce Moore. The report could possibly be true place, but it surely may be ways to drive up the worth. If it’s the latter, Moore’s finest recreation of the season got here on the good time — grabbing six catches for 152 yards and the sport-tying landing late within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Falcons.
Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report on Sunday urged Green Bay ” ought to inquire” about Moore as soon as once more, kicking the tires on a possible commerce for the ultimate time.
Moore has caught 33 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He has eclipsed greater than 1,100 receiving yards in every of the earlier three years, per Pro Football Reference.
Cheaper WR Options Available For Packers as Trade Deadline Looms
Green Bay’s inclination has been to commerce for a receiver on a rookie contract to be sure that the gamers is inexpensive and the staff can retain his rights for a number of years, per Jordan Schultz of The Score.
Both Chase Claypool of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jerry Jeudy of the Denver Broncos would match that invoice. However, each are much less confirmed than Moore and are liable to come at a price of comparable draft capital.
Prior to the season, Moore signed a 3-12 months extension with the Panthers value almost $62 million in whole, which kicks in at the beginning of subsequent season. The Packers have solely $6.4 million in cap house at present, per Over The Cap, whereas Moore’s 2022 cap hit is $6.1 million.
As for his commerce value, Moore isn’t possible to come low cost. His former teammate Anderson went for a sixth-spherical and a seventh-spherical choice, whereas McCaffrey introduced again a second-spherical choose, a 3rd-spherical choose and two fourth-spherical picks.
Considering his monitor document of success — current and lengthy-time period — in addition to the necessity for explosive receivers across the league and the Panthers’ choice to leak the information that they’re unwilling to commerce Moore (whether or not that’s actual information or just ways), the Packers can be unlikely to safe Moore for lower than two mid-spherical draft picks.