Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy knows that his team has an issue at the wide receiver position. Heck, everyone around the organization seems to be talking about it, but the Packers also appear to be confident that this is a problem that they can quickly fix.
With the 2022 NFL Draft quickly approaching, Murphy answered a question from a very frustrated fan and seemed to say without saying five letters that have become famous in Green Bay over the years: R-E-L-A-X.
The Green Bay Packers have a massive issue at wideout and everyone knows it
It has been an open issue in Green Bay ever since general manager Brian Gutekunst traded Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for two 2022 first-round picks.
That was bad enough for the Packers’ depth chart, but then Marquez Valdes-Scantling signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Green Bay was left with an underwhelming wide receiver room featuring Adam Lazard and Randall Cobb as the supposed No. 1 and No. 2.
No disrespect meant to either Lazard and Cobb, two veterans who have made names for themselves in Green Bay. Both players would probably admit that they’re better off as role players, though. At this point in their respective careers, neither can carry a wide receiver corps.
It should be no surprise, then, that Murphy is fielding questions like this in his monthly mailbag column:
“What the f… are you and your sidekick [presumably Gutekusnt] doing?”, a Packers fan named Mike wrote in. “Not going after an established WR? You deserve to not win a Super Bowl. Got rid of the WR corps. You screwed Rodgers with his weapons. After being a Packer fan since 1965, it’s a slap in the face. All Packer fans that bought stock and supported this team for all those years and you won’t spend the money to either keep or get elite players. I hope you’re fired soon.”
Packers CEO Mark Murphy knows the team has a problem
First of all, credit to Mike [last name redacted] because that’s a quality angry fan post. You can just see it being lifted off Green Bay’s Facebook page or from deep in the hivemind of Reddit. More than likely, though, it came from an Alta Vista email account from some small northern-Wisconsin town like Manitowish.
Even more credit should go to both the Packers’ web team as well as Murphy for answering the question, though. That could have easily been deleted along with the hundreds of other angry correspondence like it, but the Packers CEO actually took some time to address what has become a glaring need for the team under his watchful eye.
“Thanks for sharing your opinion, Mike,” Murphy started.
That’s a beautiful way to start this answer, because keep in mind, “caller Mike” does want Murphy to be fired.
“The decision to trade Davante Adams was extremely difficult. He is not only a great player, but also a tremendous person who has done so much for the organization both on and off the field over the years. It was clear to us that he didn’t want to play on the franchise tag and that he wanted to play in Las Vegas to be closer to home. Ultimately, I think we created a situation that was good for Davante and the organization,” Murphy wrote. “I know you are concerned about our wide receiver position, but we have almost six months left before we play our first game. With four picks in the first two rounds, we have the draft capital to either trade for a veteran receiver or draft a top-quality receiver(s). I’m confident that our wide receiver room will look very different in September than it does now.”
Interesting takeaways from Murphy’s answer
Though the Packers are traditionally tight-lipped about their plans, and this could all be misdirection from Murphy, it’s worth noting that there are a few key points to take away from his answer to Mike.
The biggest is this: The Packers are planning on using their draft capital on a wide receiver
This may seem obvious but it still is intriguing to see Murphy admitting it out in the open.
The Packers have four picks within the top 100 of the upcoming NFL draft, including two first-rounders. That’s a ton of ammunition to use in a trade for a veteran who can come in right away and become Aaron Rodgers’ new No. 1 receiver, and there have been some intriguing names linked to Green Bay. DK Metcalf from the Seattle Seahawks is a hot target right now with his team in full rebuild mode after trading Russell Wilson. There’s also been some linkage to Keenan Allen of the Los Angles Chargers, though that feels more like buzz than anything.
The Packers could also go all-in on wideouts in the draft. They can double-down or even triple-down on the most talented wideouts the draft has to offer if they want to.
The point is that Green Bay has options, and Murphy is hinting that the Packers aren’t afraid to use them.
In fact, he’s darn near certain than come Week 1, wide receiver will no longer be an issue in Green Bay.
Take heart, Nick from Manitowish.
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