ESPN’s Adam Schefter gave us an update regarding the Green Bay Packers potential options at running back if they decide to upgrade their backfield.
Schefter mentions that the Packers valued draft picks more than Lynch which ultimately cost them in the end. Schefter says that Lynch was the best available option and now the running back market is a lot thinner. Interestingly enough, Schefter suggested that Tashard Choice of the Dallas Cowboys, Willis McGahee of the Baltimore Ravens and free agent Julius Jones could all be options for the Packers. This is the first time that we have heard Choice and Jones linked to the Packers.
Choice may require a draft pick in return and has only played in limited number of games over the course of his career so it could be a risk depending on the Cowboys asking price. The Packers could swing a deal for McGahee in return for a player but Green Bay is dealing with a number of injuries and it doesn’t seem likely that Ted Thompson would want to create a hole to fill another. Jones could make the most sense despite the fact that he is less talented than the other options.
The outcomes of week 5 could be what forces the Packers into making a move next week. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.
The Green Bay Packers could be exploring alternative running back options after the Buffalo Bill’s traded Marshawn Lynch to Seattle.
Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun speculates that the Packers may be targeting Willis McGahee of the Batlimore Ravens. McGahee was reported to be on the trading block months ago but nothing got done. McGahee left last Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a head injury but looks to be ready for this weekends game.
Vensel also mentions that the Carolina Panthers could start taking calls on DeAngelo Williams now that it appears they are in rebuilding mode. This is the first time that we have heard Williams name mentioned as possible trade target but a deal would no doubt help them acquire some better draft picks. The Panthers already have Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson at running back so they are in a position to trade one of them.
As of now, the Packers could shift their attention to their defense which has been decimated by injuries recently.