Green Bay Packers News: Blockbuster Trade for Seahawks DK Metcalf Would Solve Team’s Two Biggest Receiver Problems

The Green Bay Packers created a massive hole at wide receiver after news broke that the team traded Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. But another deal — this one to bring in Seattle Seahawks‘ star wideout DK Metcalf — would fill that hole.

Actually, Metcalf would serve as an answer to multiple problems — problems that Packers head coach Matt LaFleur admitted are plaguing his offense as it’s currently constructed.

The Davante Adams trade left the Green Bay Packers with a significant need for a receiver

In an offseason filled with blockbuster trades — something somewhat unusual for the NFL — the Packers made their own blockbuster deal when they sent Adams to Vegas.

After the trade went down, news came out of Green Bay that the Packers had offered Adams a similar contract, but the Fresno State product simply wanted to return home to the west coast.

He’ll now form a duo with former college teammate Derek Carr as the Raiders look to return to prominence in a tough AFC West.

Marques Valdes-Scantling — who would have entered the season as Green Bay’s No. 1 wideout with Adams gone — subsequently signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

That leaves the Packers with Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers, Juwann Winfree, and Malik Taylor as the top five receivers on the roster. Even Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t be able to elevate that group.

But Green Bay got two picks from Vegas in return for Adams. General manager Brian Gutekunst now has 11 total picks to work with in the 2022 draft, including four in the first two rounds: Nos. 22, 28, 53, and 59.

Now Gutey could put those picks to good use.

DK Metcalf would give Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense two things they desperately need

A Green Bay Packers trade for Seattle Seahawks' receiver DK Metcalf would be welcome news for Aaron Rodgers and coach Matt LaFleur.
DK Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after their 38-25 win over the Atlanta Falcons. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Seahawks actually owned the NFL’s news cycle for a whole nine days until the Packers traded Adams.

The ‘Hawks traded longtime franchise quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. After the team’s first losing season in a decade, Seattle now seems to be straddling the line between a rebuild and a retool.

If the franchise wants to add a few more picks to its stable, the Packers could surely talk GM John Schneider into parting with Metcalf. Coach Pete Carroll’s team still has Tyler Lockett and acquired tight end Noah Fant in the Wilson trade.

Dealing DK for a few draft picks wouldn’t ruin Seattle’s present or future.

The Pack won’t find a like-for-like replacement for the best wide receiver in the NFL. But Metcalf would fill both of coach Matt LaFleur’s greatest needs on the outside.

LaFleur called Davante the team’s “separator” per ESPN. Adams was the team’s clear No. 1 wideout.

He also called Valdes-Scantling “our speed guy.”

“Certainly, if you look at our roster right now, we definitely need to get some speed in that room,” LaFleur said via ESPN. “We need a legit guy that can take off the top of the coverage. We lost a guy that was pretty good at doing that.”

Metcalf would fill both of LaFleur’s biggest admitted needs.

Pro Football Focus described the current Seahawks star with the sentence, “It’s no secret that Metcalf is so dangerous because of his rare blend of size and speed.”

Field stretcher, check.

And the 6-foot-4, 235-pound athletic marvel has averaged 72 receptions for 1,057 yards and almost 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. He’s averaged almost 15 yards per catch.

Again — not Davante Adams production, but No. 1 receiver production. And certainly, a physical, blazing-fast presence Green Bay seriously lacks at the moment.

Acquiring Metcalf would free up Gutekunst to fill other needs

If Adams — one of, if not the best, wideouts in the league — cost a first- and a second-rounder, Metcalf could surely be had for less. Maybe the Packers’ third-round pick and one of their two fourth-rounders would do?

No matter the price, Green Bay could add DK as its new No. 1 while still possessing picks near the top of the draft. Adding another receiver would still be in play to further stock Rodgers’ cupboard.

But the Packers could also use another edge rusher, a linebacker, and depth at tight end and on the offensive line.

Bringing in Metcalf would fill one hole and free Gutekunst to address others. He could kill two birds (or more) with one stone, so to speak.

Having to part with Adams was a huge blow. But Green Bay might as well make the best of it with the two picks it got in return.

Acquiring Seattle’s star wideout would give Rodgers his new No. 1 toy on the outside and refill part of what the Packers lost in both Adams and Valdes-Scantling.

It would be another NFL blockbuster and a second one for Green Bay. (Third, if you count Rodgers’ return).

But it would be a much-needed one that would solve the offense’s two most glaring problems.

All statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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