To the dismay of their supporters who expected some movement, the Packers remained silent at the trade deadline.
It wasn’t for want of effort, though.
According to sources, Green Bay made a serious effort to sign Darren Waller, the outstanding tight end for the Raiders, before the deadline passed. Waller was believed to be too important for Las Vegas to part with, especially because they had just signed him on September 10 to a three-year, $51 million agreement.
Even though the Raiders are 2-5 going into their Week 9 game against the Jaguars, there is still much to play for. Waller will now be one of the athletes charged with aiding in the turnaround of this season.
According to insiders, the Packers were also interested in Chase Claypool and gave the Steelers a second-round selection in an effort to pull him away from the latter team. Instead, Pittsburgh selected the Bears’ second-round pick because they thought it would be an earlier pick.
According to reports, the Packers also reached out to Panthers WR D.J. Moore, but the team refused because it wanted to keep its youthful core intact.
Since the Vikings and Bears both made trades before the deadline, Green Bay decided to remain still (and the Lions were sellers).
This week, it was inquired of coach Matt LaFleur whether he discussed the lack of exercise with his squad.
He told reporters on Wednesday, “We didn’t even get into it. “Detroit was our main concern.”
According to those familiar with the negotiations, Green Bay had already pursued Waller in the offseason. This was their second attempt. While the two organizations were negotiating the transaction that ultimately resulted in the acquisition of Las Vegas great receiver Davante Adams, they had discussions about him.
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Packers, said to reporters on Wednesday, “The pay for whatever players we were going for simply didn’t make sense.” “I thus believe (Packers GM) Brian (Gutekunst). We had some enjoyable discussions. We knew about some things. It simply didn’t work out.”
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