The Green Bay Packers have guided their way to a strong start through the first half of the 2020 season. However, the rumor mill around the Packers has continued to heat up ahead of the trade deadline. Aaron Rodgers has added to that by hinting at how he feels about the chatter around the team.
Packers putting forth a strong start to the 2020 season
The chatter around the Packers ahead of the 2020 season brought forth some doubt that they can repeat last season’s success under head coach Matt LaFleur.
Green Bay has answered that bell through the first half of the season as they sit atop the NFC North with a 5-2 record. Aaron Rodgers has led the charge by putting forth an MVP-caliber campaign that has quieted talk around his long-term future.
However, there remain conversations concerning adding more offensive talent to the mix before the trade deadline on Tuesday. Rodgers may have just made it quite clear where he stands in that discussion after the Week 8 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Aaron Rodgers subtly hints at Packers’ trade rumors
Throughout much of the offseason, the talk around the Packers focused on the team’s decision not to address their wide receiver position further.
Aaron Rodgers has continued to take the high road when publicly discussing that matter over the last few months. However, the star quarterback’s comments after Sunday’s loss to the Vikings concerning trade rumors for a wide receiver further suggest his desire to add more offensive talent, according to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic.
“That’s not a bad question, but it’s not one I can answer…I’m not gonna stump for a guy because last time I stumped for a guy he ended up in Buffalo.”
The trade deadline is quickly approaching on Tuesday, Nov. 3, which has seen the Packers prominently mentioned in the rumor mill. Green Bay has continued to be linked to Houston Texans veteran wideout Will Fuller over the last several days.
Rodgers has made the best of what he has in the passing game without any public or internal complaint. In many ways, his comments are a way for him to suggest that he would be in favor of a move to help improve the offense.
Packers have their trade options
Over the years, the Packers haven’t been a team known to acquire offensive talent before the trade deadline.
Green Bay does appear to be circling the wagons around adding Will Fuller to the mix. The Texans may have an incentive to trade Fuller if they don’t want to commit to a long-term deal next offseason. He’s currently in the fifth-year option of his rookie contract worth roughly $10.1 million.
The Notre Dame’s product salary this season is a significant financial commitment. However, it leaves the Packers’ door open to move off him in the offseason if things don’t work out. Green Bay has struggled to find any wide receiver that can step in firmly as a strong secondary passing game option opposite of Pro Bowler Davante Adams.
Fuller has shown some flashes of promising potential but has dealt with nagging injuries throughout his career. The 26-year-old is breaking that trend in 2020 as he’s currently on a career-best pace with 31 catches for 490 receiving yards and five touchdowns. It has put him on the trajectory to post career highs with 71 receptions for 1,120 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
The opportunity is there for the Packers to make a move; it’s on them to make it happen before Tuesday’s deadline.