The Packers are in dire need of weapons after trading Davante Adams to the Raiders, but they could be looking to Las Vegas for the remedy.
Perhaps the biggest question the Green Bay Packers face entering the 2022 NFL Draft and the remainder of the offseason is how they are going to build the offense around Aaron Rodgers. After the club traded away Davante Adams to the Raiders, that left a gaping hole in the wide receiver room and group of pass-catchers.
As it turns out, though, the Raiders might again be in Green Bay’s crosshairs as a trade partner, this time with the Packers bringing in the big-time weapon for the passing game.
According to Aaron Nagler of CheeseheadTV, the Green Bay front office is eyeing a potential trade to bring in tight end Darren Waller. Per Nagler’s sources, Waller was part of the compensation package in return for Adams at one point in negotiations but, ultimately, wasn’t part of the final trade.
Packers trade rumors: Green Bay targeting Darren Waller
There is always a huge amount of trade chatter leading up to the draft but it doesn’t often make as much sense as this deal seemingly does.
With the addition of Adams and after Waller dealt with injuries that limited him to just 11 games last season on a relatively expensive new deal for a tight end, the Raiders could be looking to clear up some money from their books. Inversely, the Packers need go-to weapons for Aaron Rodgers after the quarterback returned and are in a position where they can afford to — and, by some measures, must — be aggressive on the trade market or otherwise to accomplish that.
Waller, when on the field, has been a matchup nightmare with his combination of size and athleticism that allow him to be a versatile weapon in the passing attack. Pairing him with Rodgers would be a welcomed sight for Packers fans.
With that said, any Darren Waller trade for Green Bay would likely need to go down before or during the 2022 NFL Draft given that picks would likely be the primary compensation going back to Las Vegas. If that’s the case, then we could see quick movement on this front before the first round gets underway on Thursday, April 28.