Trades for outside linebacker, safety possible as roster cut dates loom
Aug 26, 2010 ~ by Rob Reischel, Packer Insider
~Back in the summer of 2005, the Green Bay Packers had a glut of mediocre cornerbacks and a gaping hole at weak-side linebacker. So when it was time for roster cuts, first-year general manager Ted Thompson sent raw cornerback Chris Johnson to St. Louis for linebacker Robert Thomas, who became a 10-game starter that season.
Two summers later, Thompson realized his running back trio of Brandon Jackson, Vernand Morency and DeShawn Wynn just wouldn’t cut it. So again, Thompson went the trade route and plucked Ryan Grant from the New York Giants for a sixth-round draft choice.
Last year, instead of waving offensive lineman Tony Moll, Thompson sent him to Baltimore for safety Derrick Martin, and he wound up being one of Green Bay’s top players on special teams.
The moral of the story is this: When the Packers have to trim their roster on Aug. 31 and Sept. 4, look for Thompson to start wheeling and dealing again.
Green Bay has a surplus of offensive linemen, fullbacks and tight ends. The Packers also need help at outside linebacker and safety. So Thompson figures to be looking for a trade partner.
“Those kinds of conversations really haven’t gotten going yet,” Thompson said recently. “There are the great fishing expeditions where they just call and say, ‘Do you got anybody that you are looking to move?’ Nobody says anything, so we’ve got to get into that.
“I think we have got to see . . . where you think you are stronger and where another team might be another stronger. It’s got to work for everybody. It’s not difficult, but the stars have to align a little bit.
Thompson, who believes he’s close to assembling a Super Bowl roster, will probably be extremely active. With that, here’s a stab at how Green Bay’s opening day roster will look.
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