Packers trade rumors: D.J. Moore
Yes, trading for a wide receiver should be at the top of Green Bay’s plans, and rightly so. Aaron Rodgers plea for help has gone unheard from the front office, until now. Claypool or D.J. Moore would be a seamless fit atop the Packers’ receiving corps.
The Panthers quarterback struggles have impacted Moore more than most. From 2019-21, Moore averaged nearly 1,100 yards receiving per season. This year, he is not near that pace. So, what’s the issue?
Baker Mayfield isn’t it, or doesn’t have the same level of comfort with Moore. Aaron Rodgers would.
Carolina signed Moore to a three-year extension worth over $60 million in the offseason. It’s a lot of money, but Brian Gutekunst has said he’ll spend money on the right player. Yet, as Paul Bretl of Dairyland Express wrote, the financial dilemma is one the Packers should pay attention to.
"“In 2023, Moore has a guaranteed salary of $19.96 million and comes with a cap hit of $25.04 million. The cap hit is then $20.92 million in 2024 and 2025, according to Over the Cap. Green Bay could get out of the deal in 2024 and save a few million dollars, but they would still incur $9.75 million in dead cap, and also, why make the trade to then just release the player less than two years later?”"
That’s a lot of money devoted to one player, and a skill-position player at that. Yes, their wideout corps is currently barren, but is it definitely the right move for Green Bay?
It’s something for Brian Gutekunst to consider.