Expect Brian Gutekunst to Make a Trade on Draft Day

The Packers presently hold the 30th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft but if history is any guide, GM Brian Gutekunst will make some trades in the first round of this year's draft.

 

This will be the third NFL Draft for Packers GM Brian Gutekunst and one thing Packers fans can expect is that some trades will be made on draft day.

Gutekunst has made moves in the first round in each of his previous drafts in order to secure specific players he had his eyes on. The results have been mostly positive with the Packers adding an extra first-round pick in 2019.

Here is a look back at the draft day trades made by Gutekunst in his first two years with the Packers:

2018:

The Packers originally owned the 14th overall pick in the draft in 2018. First, Gutekunst made a trade with the New Orleans Saints for the 27th overall choice, a fifth-round pick in 2018 and an extra first round pick in the 2019 draft.

Gutekunst couldn’t wait until 27 to get the player he wanted, however. He made a second deal in the first round, sending the 27th pick to Seattle along with a third round and sixth round pick in exchange for the 18th overall selection in 2018. With that pick, the Packers grabbed cornerback Jaire Alexander. Alexander has become the Packers best cover corner and is the lynchpin of the Packers secondary.

These deals allowed Gutekunst to get the quality cover corner he craved and still gain an extra first-round pick in 2019.

2019:

The Packers entered the 2019 draft with a pair of picks in the first round, the 12th and 30th overall selections. Gutekunst used the 12th pick on Rashan Gary out of Michigan.

Looking to improve the Packers secondary, he dealt the 30th overall pick plus a pair of fourth round selections to the Seahawks in exchange for the 21st pick. He used that selection to grab safety Darnell Savage from Maryland.

Again, Gutekunst moved up to make sure he could get the player that he wanted before another team grabbed him first. Savage made the NFL’s all-rookie team after starting 14 games for the Packers in his first season with the club.

2020:

This season, the Packers have only one pick in the first round, the 30th overall selection. There are several ways Gutekunst can go with this pick, but don’t be at all surprised to see him trade it to make sure he can choose the player he truly covets.

Gutekunst could do what he did in each of his first two drafts and trade up to select a specific player he’s targeting in the first round. If the Packers have their eye on a wide receiver who fits their measurables and may not be available by the team the is on the clock at 30, there is a chance the Packers move up, sacrificing some picks in later rounds to do it.

There are not a lot of quality inside linebackers available in this year’s draft, so to make sure he secures one of the few highly-regarded prospects, Gutekunst may again try to move up a few spots in the draft and take a player like Patrick Queen or Kenneth Murray if they’re still on the board in the middle of the first round.

Gutekunst could also do what he did in 2018 and trade down if he feels the player he can get at 30 would not be significantly better than an early second round pick. He could trade out of the first round and add a first-round pick in next year’s draft or additional picks later in this year’s draft (or both) and still take a quality receiver early in the second round or a big offensive tackle if that’s what he prefers.

Regardless of how this draft plays out, one thing is certain: Gutekunst has proven that he is the type of general manager who isn’t afraid to make bold moves to get the players he wants, especially in the first round.

The Packers presently have the 30th overall selection in this year’s draft, but that doesn’t mean they will use that pick once April 23 roles around. When it comes to the Packers and the first round of the NFL Draft, expect the unexpected.

 

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stockholder's picture

March 28, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Thats the sucks part. Stay at 30. Take BPA!

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:38 pm

Stay at 30 could work. He stayed at 12 to pick Gary last year. Thanks for commenting.

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March 29, 2020 at 09:12 am

Thank you for your responses no matter the...passions involved.

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March 28, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Yes--try to move up if necessary to take one of the two ILBs, but no more than two spots, as any more is likely to be too costly.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 28, 2020 at 03:43 pm

Why move up for those two? You can get value LBs in the second, third to fourth. The only targets to move up for is one of the OTs or a WR within reach. They have 2021 comp picks added to the arsenal, so moving up in either the first or second round to solidify OT and a blue chip WR is valid. There are guys like Baun, Gay and Wilson that can play inside in a 3-4. Malik Harrison knows how to hit the gaps. Shaun Bradley from Temple.

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splitpea1's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:39 pm

Just for the record, I strongly prefer Murray of the two for numerous reasons, one of which is that he has more experience. As for moving up to get a WR, I don't think we need to do that at all--just my opinion.

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:44 pm

It's a deep year for WRs so we could get a quality one in the second or third round.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 28, 2020 at 09:56 pm

Quality WR is important but a quality WR that fits the Packers needs is even better.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 28, 2020 at 11:55 pm

If Justin Jefferson was within reach in the first rd, he would be a target. The rest will congregate around the low 30's to 40 and be gone. Bowden and Pittman may linger mid 2nd. Bryan Edwards was a top candidate, but his injury history has to be checked out. After that why chase a guy that probably won't contribute. James Jones came in the third while Jennings, and DD were the #1 and #2. The best guys are still in round one.

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MITM's picture

March 28, 2020 at 10:28 pm

Im curious what the numerous reasons are. Murray definitely has the experience but he also didnt have to sit behind guys like Devin White. Murray is no slouch and believe you me I would be very happy to have him, but Queen even having only started the 1 year is the superior player just on coverage alone even.

That being said, I think a comparable player to Murray who will go later on and is 6'4 is Murrays buddy Jacob Phillips from LSU.

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:43 pm

ILB is less of a priority for Gutekunst and Pettine so it would surprise me more if he traded up to grab one. However, there aren't too many top notch ILBs in this year's draft so there are arguments that can be made both ways....thanks for commenting...

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March 29, 2020 at 09:13 am

If you are talking about moving up in the first round, you can add the IDL position to the list, because Javon Kinlaw could come into play, for Gute, if he wants an IDL. Personally, I think moving up for an ILB, like Murray, makes sense, as well, depending on GB's big board.

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March 29, 2020 at 11:48 am

He is target worthy. I think he is the best inside guy.

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GilMartin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:34 pm

He is the best inside DL, but I'm not sure he has the pass rushing skills to justify being taken in top 15 although I feel someone will draft him around there. The cost to get him may be too high. We shall see how this draft plays out. Thanks for commenting.

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:39 pm

The cost of moving up in the first round is usually high and unlike last year there aren't as many picks right now to trade in exchange. Should be an interesting draft. Thanks for commenting splitpea1.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 28, 2020 at 11:35 pm

Players can also be part of draft day trades, just review Schneider's activity over the past five years.

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GilMartin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:31 pm

No doubt. I can still see the Packers dealing Lane Taylor on draft day if they can find a taker. You never know what move can be made in a trade. Thanks for the comment.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 30, 2020 at 01:47 pm

Lindsley is another option and even Amos if a safety becomes free like Muse.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 10, 2020 at 03:57 pm

Would the Packers really gain a whole lot by taking Kenneth Murray with the 30th pick (if still available), or do they already have a comparable player(s) in Ty Summers and Curtis Bolton?

I was just looking at Kenneth Murray NFL Draft Combine numbers and compared to Ty Summers. Fascinating actually and NO I did not look up Curtis Bolton's numbers but should.

Kenneth Murray is 22-years old, 6'2" and 241 lbs.
Ty Summers is 24-years old, 6'1" and 241 lbs.

Kenneth Murray runs a 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds.
Ty Summers runs a 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds

Kenneth Murray benched 225 lbs 21 times.
Ty Summers benched 225 lbs 27 times.

Kenneth Murray broad jumped 129"
Ty Summers broad jumped 123"

Seems to be very similar when comparing the two of them physically. Assuming Kenneth Murray must just be more cerebral and instinctive as a player because there is NO DIFFERENCE between them physically. I did not have access to the cone drill numbers and lateral speed, etc. Could the Packers already have some young ILB's in Bolton, Summers, and Owens that the Pack feel they are not in as bad shape as many believe? Will these three ILB's allow the Pack to focus on OT, WR, DL, and TE early in the draft? Thoughts?

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March 28, 2020 at 12:55 pm

If Gute can move up to get Queen or Murray than he better do it , although I get the impression that Gute or Mark Murphy are not too concerned with inside linebacker , I think we see more of our third round pick Oren Burks Starting. God help us!

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Coldworld's picture

March 28, 2020 at 02:52 pm

Not sure, Gute has been willing to move on so far. Of course I don’t know what they really think of him, which is a pretty big factor.

I also don’t know how they weight the position. I know what Ted seemed to think, but since then we have had holes to fill all over and had Martinez and they hoped Burks would cone through, obviously.

Now perhaps we will get an idea since there is no clear first priority position. It also depends if a player we really rate in another position drops and if there is a team willing.

We have ten picks going in. I figure we need maybe 8 if we can get targeted players. I could see a few trades of picks over the draft, and may be a player like Taylor or a pick for a player we want. Gute has, as the author points out, not just tended to move down for the sake of it or just let the draft come to him.

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March 28, 2020 at 03:47 pm

They haven't hit on an ILB pick since Nick Barnett. Bishop was another guy who could bring it, but for some reason was held off the field by Dom and McCarthy with some excuse or another.

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March 28, 2020 at 06:06 pm

Bishop wasn't good in coverage, and he was a monster in the time he was on the field but after 2010 he was constantly hurt.

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MITM's picture

March 28, 2020 at 10:25 pm

Bishop actually wasnt that bad in coverage.

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March 29, 2020 at 10:29 am

Bishop early had a tendency to freelance and thus to get burned in coverage. Capers hated that I’ve always believed. Later he was, in my view, pretty decent. I think injuries hit just as he had hit his prime.

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March 28, 2020 at 06:52 pm

Barnett and Hawk. Look, Martinez gave them good value for a 4th round pick, he just wasn't worth $30 million over three years to keep around in the future. We shall see who they add this year.

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March 28, 2020 at 03:54 pm

"We have ten picks going in"

Unfortunately, half of them are 6th and 7th rounders.

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March 28, 2020 at 06:54 pm

True. Less picks to use as trade bait if they want to grab someone but we shall see. Maybe they trade back and add picks that way. Just unlikely Gute stays put at 30.

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April 18, 2020 at 04:44 pm

CW,
Agreed the Pack does not need all 10 draft choices and hopefully can use a few of them as bait to move up a few spots to nab a player they really like.I like the idea of staying put at 30 but using some of the extra draft picks to move up a few spots whether in rounds 3 - 5.

While I have a few favorite offensive skill position players I am all for drafting (1) the true best player available (2) as many big body men as possible on both sides of the ball.

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:41 pm

We shall see what Gute will do. Not sure how much he'd have to give up to move up. Thanks for commenting.

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April 10, 2020 at 06:36 pm

Lp,
See my post above!

I also would not move up in round 1 at all unless there was a very good QB that dropped that was in reach. That would be my only move up.

Just me but I would not go ILB with first pick as I believe we have three fairly good young ILB's already on the team in Summers, Bolton, and Owens. I have 'some' confidence with at least one if not two of them will develop into pretty good players. I go offense with first pick but my first pick on defense would definitely be a DL, and then second pick would be a CB.

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March 28, 2020 at 01:05 pm

A WR or two or three. An ILB or two, or maybe an upgrade on the Greene/Campbell hybrid safety/LB role. A premium tackle. A Dlineman or two not named Kenny Clark. Corner depth. Maybe an interior Olineman to prep to take over for Linsley, or for Jenkins if he slides over for Linsley. Maybe a TE. It's going to be hard to accomplish all of that by trading away picks. Given the cap situation and the depth they did not build last year by trading away two picks for Savage, I don't think they can afford to trade up. Justin Jefferson would tempt me, though.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 28, 2020 at 03:56 pm

Only so many pic-a-nic baskets for Yogi. If they can secure three quality Players from this draft, that's a win.
Expecting low picks to even develop in 2-3 years is stretching the envelop. Go with the strength of this draft: OT, WR CB, WR, DT/DE.

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March 28, 2020 at 05:05 pm

Good thoughts but I don't see them moving Jenkins to center.

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:50 pm

not this year. Maybe after Linsley's deal is up but he's playing so well at guard...Thanks for commenting.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 28, 2020 at 11:16 pm

They will bring in a draftee for Lindsley or promote Patrick.

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dobber's picture

March 29, 2020 at 10:53 am

I think the Packers take at least 2 OL in this draft...and maybe 3.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 28, 2020 at 11:36 pm

Jenkins can stay where he is and be an ALL PRO guard for a couple of contracts.

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GilMartin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:24 pm

He definitely has the potential. Now he has to realize it. Thanks for commenting.

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March 28, 2020 at 09:03 pm

I recall nagler sharing something to the effect that the top end (does that mean 3 or 4?) of this years' WR bunch would be an upgrade for those in the corrale beside Mr. Adams. I can't book that since picking a star WR early is not any guarantee he'll be our #2. It seems GB had some bad luck with an emerging EQ going down and Allison seemed to go Geronimo over the side; then too, many have said Gutey loves his proto typical large WR, which makes one think perhaps he's in the market for a speedster slot type now....anyone's guess. Who didn't like what Lazard was growing into? Funchess has a chance if he can stay healthy. Gutey working the roster once again!!!!!
Loved your strong statement to go with the strength of the draft. GB has it's blueprints laid out and wiring is a strong element of their choices which is so admirable.

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:45 pm

Gute could also trade down and add more picks either this year or next year. It will be interesting but certainly never dull. Thanks for commenting.

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March 29, 2020 at 09:26 am

We need an IDL next to Kenny Clark, to stop the run. We need a replacement for Bulaga at OT. We need an ILB to take over Martinez's spot. I do not think LInsley was the entire problem, on the O Line last season. I think we need to evaluate Turner's play and how he affected Linsley's performance.We need a speedy WR and there are plenty of them. The ILB spot, IMO, is the one we should consider in the first round but only if we can get Murray or Queen, there. If they are gone, I'd go for one of the other positions and the BPA there. I do not think TE is a must need for GB as they have Sternberger, Lewis, Tonyan on the roster, now, and Bayliss and Looney on the PS and Lazard can line up in the TE spot, if needed.

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March 28, 2020 at 01:11 pm

The only reason to move up would be to get a top 4 OT that's slipped, otherwise trading back makes far more sense. Anything can happen, but the likelihood of a player at 30 being much better than mid-2nd Rd is slim. Moreover, neither Queen or Murray, imo is worth 30 and and additional pick from trading back would possibly facilitate drafting a NT, which is needed next to KC

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March 28, 2020 at 06:35 pm

Yep, and pick #30 is worth 620 draft points (according to those who made up that stat). So when it comes to a position like WR it might be worth it to grab one later. Then he can shotgun other positions with a lot of picks.

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 07:05 pm

The draft is deep at WR so he can get a quality one in rounds 2 or 3. I would be mildly surprised if he trades up to get a WR or if he takes one at 30. Thanks for commenting.

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 07:01 pm

Trading back is a real possibility. Don't think there are any NTs that they'd take before the third round but we'll see. Just doubt Gute stays at 30 and makes a straight up pick. Thanks for commenting.

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April 10, 2020 at 06:40 pm

Gil,
I see Gute either staying put at #30 or moving back a few spots into early round 2. A very good WR can be had at #30 as well as early 2nd round. The same can be said for an OT or DL. Only trade up I could possibly see Gute do is if a very good QB slid down within reach of the Pack.

That is how I see it playing out but shoot....who knows! :)

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 18, 2020 at 04:46 pm

I would prefer staying at 30. Every year there are a couple of very good players that drop for some unknown reason. Look at Rodgers! Personally, I would like to have the Pack stay at 30 and look for the BPA and particularly one at a position of need. However, if a very talented player has dropped significantly regardless of position I'd be all for Gute picking him.

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March 28, 2020 at 02:06 pm

By far the most likely scenario this year is that Gutey trades out of rd 1 to get an extra 3rd or 4th rd pick. I don't see much chance he moves up from 30, unless its possibly to trade w/ Seattle again and leapfrog Baltimore to get Murray or Queen. This isn't the year to move up, they don't have enough draft capital to make a significant move up, but they could use one of the extra 6th rd picks to move up 2 or 3 spots. Beyond that, moving down makes the most sense. I can see them moving from 30 to 40 and still getting the player they might have taken at 30. Move down, not up!

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Coldworld's picture

March 28, 2020 at 02:56 pm

I mostly agree, but I do see a move down to move back up or a move up by a couple of spots as being possible. If one can target a player one believes is good and a good fit, that reduces the need to bulk draft a position a little.

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Turophile's picture

March 29, 2020 at 05:10 am

A round 1 trade is most likely because the point value of that pick is so much higher than any other, and that applies even to a pick as late as #30.

If you look at some of the draft value charts that are NOT the Jimmy Johnson one (and there are several others out there), they often value later picks higher and the first round picks lower, so it does matter which chart is used.

In fact, the Packers may even have a value chart put together just for this draft, since the plateaux (ie where various position groups fall off) changes with each draft.

The one piece of advice I would give to anyone looking at Packers trades is this. "Does it make sense TO THE OTHER TEAM ?"

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Coldworld's picture

March 28, 2020 at 03:00 pm

If I recall correctly the rationale is that the first pick of round 2 is cheaper to sign and has a shorter contract than the last pick of the first. However, the difference isn’t huge and the CBA in recent years has slotted pay so the risks have diminished.

Happy to be corrected if I’m wrong.

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stockholder's picture

March 28, 2020 at 05:27 pm

He won't worry about the other team. I figured him out. It's RAS regardless.

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March 28, 2020 at 03:22 pm

It is just impossible to predict until the position runs start happening. If a run on WR's starts, we could try and move up to grab the one we like, OR that could mean an OT or ILB drops so we stay put. With Gutes stop gap FA signings it has given them the ability to flexible and take advantage of multiple scenarios. Speaking of ILB, I am starting to have a mid round draft crush on safety Tanner Muse from Clemson as a cover LB. Thoughts on him from the community?

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March 28, 2020 at 04:05 pm

They have him slotted as a strong safety in the third round, so a low #2 may work. They put money on Amos but Muse supposedly ran a 4.42/40. He could be a SS like Lynch. Your idea as the true hybrid is correct. He could move Greene out of the way.

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March 29, 2020 at 05:18 pm

Jeremy chinn is also a saftey/linebacker 6' 3' 225 an ran a 4 45 40 at the combine d. jeremia has him in the top 50 he would be someone i could see them drafting before a middlelinebacker

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stockholder's picture

March 28, 2020 at 03:38 pm

Cap hit coming. The signing is official. The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus
$1.2 million base salary
$50,000 workout bonus and $15,625 for each game active. Finally
another $3.7 million is available in incentives
meaning Funchess can make up to $6.25 million.

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stockholder's picture

March 28, 2020 at 03:41 pm

Sorry TT, I want you back.

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Archie's picture

March 28, 2020 at 04:02 pm

No way!

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stockholder's picture

March 28, 2020 at 04:06 pm

It was sarcastic. I didn't like the Funchess signing.

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March 28, 2020 at 04:09 pm

And the incentive dollar amounts move to the 2021 CAP.

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Archie's picture

March 28, 2020 at 04:29 pm

Apparently Gutey has bigger plans/expectations for FUN-FUN than most here were figuring. He'd have to be a good WR2 to justify paying him this much. He has the experience to hit the ground running, thereby taking the pressure off any rookie WRs we may draft.

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March 29, 2020 at 07:23 am

Archie, I believe he will be our #2 receiver and for 2.2M without incentives is a steal for his past 2 full year production. Compare his production to Anderson who signed for 10M, they are similar. Some have downgraded him due to combine numbers, but they are meaningless after the draft. Only thing that matter is how you produce. This move was an upgrade with a reduction in cost since we won’t resign Allison.

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March 29, 2020 at 09:41 am

I think Alan Lazard will be our number 2 WR. He has been in Aaron Rodgers back pocket and has gained Aaron's trust. Funcheese will be our 3rd WR, unless MVS steps up or whomever we draft as a WR shows they can play.

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March 29, 2020 at 03:25 pm

If Funchess doesn't look like he's a good fit, or he's getting outplayed by a rookie, Lazard, or one of the other returnees, he's not an expensive cut or trade. Just get the best talent you can in the WR room...hell, in EACH room.

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Coldworld's picture

March 28, 2020 at 05:36 pm

If Funchess makes the full amount he will have to have played all season and played well on a successful team. If not, the move won’t have much of a cap impact, his cap hit in 2020 will be $2,265,625.

That’s a pretty good deal it seems to me. Looks like those incentives are deemed unlikely to be achieved.

Allison counted $2,800,000 against the 2019 cap. This is a clever deal!

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March 28, 2020 at 05:18 pm

That's just too much for an often injured wr. Does he count in the compensatory formula? If yes then I really hate this signing. Tajae Sharpe would have been better.

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Coldworld's picture

March 28, 2020 at 05:31 pm

He played in all but two games in 4 years in Carolina. He broke his collar bone last year. Does that mean Woodson was oft injured?

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March 29, 2020 at 08:36 am

No because Goodson contract is equal to Funchess.

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March 29, 2020 at 02:08 pm

Funchess signed a one-yeal deal with the Colts, so he was a true FA. I suspect it COULD impact their compensatory formula, but it's not a high $$ signing especially compared to the contracts signed by the Packer players who have walked away, so the impact will be minimal.

Here's a brief overview:
https://overthecap.com/the-basics-and-methodology-of-projecting-the-nfls...

The only real factor that impacts this is whether Funchess is in that "top 35%" group. If not, then he doesn't figure into the compensatory picks.

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March 29, 2020 at 08:40 am

A fair contract , we should be hoping for him to reach the incentives. I would have preferred a different body type , however now that I know the contract details it's a solid pickup.

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March 28, 2020 at 03:43 pm

Considering his draft ammunition, I expect a trade back from first round.

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GilMartin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:22 pm

That's entirely possible. It will depend on how things fall in round 1 ahead of the Packers.

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mbpacker's picture

March 28, 2020 at 05:07 pm

I would love to be the fly on the wall to see all the discussions and strategies prior to and during the draft. I bet it would be fascinating.

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Coldworld's picture

March 28, 2020 at 05:30 pm

This year just hack into their Skype

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Lare's picture

March 28, 2020 at 05:13 pm

I'm curious to see if Gutekunst makes any player trades before the draft. With no offseason activities or possibly training camp, teams may be considering getting more from current NFL players than they are from rookies this season.

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Coldworld's picture

March 28, 2020 at 05:20 pm

I would think during is more likely based on the past, and just after.

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ShawnO's picture

March 28, 2020 at 05:13 pm

Trade back into the second round to take Ezra Cleveland.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 29, 2020 at 08:24 pm

GB grabbing Cleveland is more likely than some might think. Might need two trade backs or some moving up and down for it to happen since I think 30s is too high for Cleveland.

I could see a trade back to 37 to 40 (and using that pick on a WR/ILB/DL) to get a late 3rd/high 4th and using that extra pick or GB's 4th to move up from 62 to snag Cleveland.

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Lphill's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:09 pm

So I said earlier Gute should try and move up for either Queen or Murray but if he stays at 30 and let’s say Jalen Reager is still available can he pass him up and trade back for picks? We need players to help win now not in a few years.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 28, 2020 at 10:28 pm

I very much like Jalen Reager and he would be a great slot WR player. It might be Jalen but have my money on Shaviska Shenault. Shaviska may be sliding a little due to core muscle surgery in I believe early to mid-March. Shaviska is the one WR most like Deebo Samuel and can play many roles in LF's offense.

If WR in round 1 I think it is Shaviska.

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mrtundra's picture

March 29, 2020 at 09:35 am

For WR in the first, at #30, I'd look at Justin Jefferson, Denzel Mims, Laviska Shennault, Brandon Aiyuk or Tee Higgins. In the Second Round, I'd look at Devin Duvernay, Chase Claypool or Michael Pittman if we did not pick a WR in the First Round. Laviska is a solid WR and would look really good in Green and Gold, but I think he will be gone before our pick at #30.

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wildbill's picture

March 28, 2020 at 06:43 pm

I don’t watch college ball so I don’t have a clue who would be the best players for us, although I feel strongly about certain positions we need(OT, DL, CB, WR, ILB). I do enjoy reading all of your inputs and analysis and find a lot of the info to be more valuable than the so called “insiders”. Keep up the good work.

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GilMartin's picture

March 28, 2020 at 07:21 pm

Thanks wildbill. You made my day. I agree with you on the major areas of need. We shall see what Gute does on draft day.

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GLM's picture

March 28, 2020 at 10:11 pm

I think the odds would favor us trading down.

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GilMartin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:21 pm

I tend to agree, but it obviously depends on how things fall on draft day. Thanks for commenting.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 28, 2020 at 10:49 pm

The one thing I have learned over the years is you will never guess correctly on who the Pack will draft or what they will do.

I think they stay at 30 or move back 4 to 8 spots in Rd 2. Do not see them moving up.

High probability IMO Laviska Shenault, WR is their first draft choice. No one talking Laviska to Packers. Would change their whole offense. Think Deebo Samuel's in Packer uniform. That is what Laviska would do for the Packers offense.

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GilMartin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:29 pm

My only concern with Shenault is his route running which may be an issue for Rodgers. At 6'2", he's also a little smaller than Gute typically prefers for his WRs. He has a lot of potential though and would be an interesting choice. Thanks for commenting.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 10, 2020 at 06:30 pm

Gil,
Davante Adam's is smaller than Shenault by 1" and about 12 lbs, so Shenault's size would not be an issue with Rodgers. Shenault is intriguing in that I have seen him in mock drafts go as high as middle first round into early 2nd round. Shenault's game actually seems very similar to me of not only Deebo but very much like Davante Adam's as well.

There are a lot of good WR's apparently and I would most likely be fine with most any of them with the first pick (wherever the Pack might end up) but I do like Shenault's game. Solidly built like Sharpe and Jones who can be physical. Outside of maybe Jerry Jeudy and possibly Justin Jefferson it sounds like every one of the top WR's need some work on their route running.

Thanks!

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marpag1's picture

March 29, 2020 at 07:31 am

After analyzing the available data very carefully, I have determined that Gute will probably A) trade up, or B) trade down, or C) remain where he is.

Book it.

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Qoojo's picture

March 29, 2020 at 09:54 am

and no matter which option he picks, some guy is going to act like it was the worst pick in the history of the nfl draft, because some other draftee was the obvious can't-miss choice.

Book it.

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Coldworld's picture

March 29, 2020 at 10:35 am

Well he could fall asleep and miss his pick and just slide backwards. Happened before.

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GilMartin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:35 pm

Tough to argue with that logic. Thanks for commenting.

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tincada's picture

March 29, 2020 at 09:43 am

Ted Thompson is alive and well living under the bleachers.

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stockholder's picture

March 29, 2020 at 09:48 am

Gute stays @30. Targets. Patrick Queen ILB- 1 year Experience? But thats who he'll Take. Mike Pittman WR. - Not my favorite WR but he just fits here. Troy Dye OLB Versatility! Dillan RB Big Back for tough yards. Morgan QB - Arm strength! This should be Gutes draft. Well where's the DL Right? You don't take a DL that falls down( Blacklock.) And Marlon Davidson is the best DL in the 2nd. If his ankle checks out. He's No Datone Jones. Signing Funchess takes WR off the board.

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MITM's picture

March 29, 2020 at 11:35 am

I have 0 problem with Queens 1 year experience. He sat behind Devin White, and when he got his chance turned himself into hands down the top LB in this draft. Problem is he will not be there at 30. Im a fan of Troy Dye but not sure how he would hold up in our defense hes kinda slight of build which is my only knock on him really.

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stockholder's picture

March 29, 2020 at 01:13 pm

He'll be there. But: The next option is Wrs and forget one in the second rd. Gute will then go after the DL/Lb not OT. @62. ( Being were going to sign Bahk?? ) Dye will hold up. Pettine can move him inside and Outside. More so then Brooks. Most edge players are 4.7. Dye shouldn't be over drafted. Remember Gute told people his moves. Don't expect to much in FA. Were looking for Wrs and LBs at the combine.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 29, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Is that your first mock or just a warm up?

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stockholder's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:40 pm

Thats Gute. This is mine. Higgins, Lewis edge , Brooks ILB, Fotu NT, Duvernay WR, Saahdig OT, Heck OT T.Clark DT , Polard C, Ryan G.

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GilMartin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:38 pm

I like almost all your logic except for Funchess taking a WR off the board. I still think they draft one in the first three rounds depending on how they are drafted and when the run begins. Funchess is a fill-in, not a part of the long-term solution. Thanks for commenting.

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Tabin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 11:14 am

Saying the obvious to trade down you need somebody interested in trading up. Who could be interested? I guess teams with a need a QB, Chargers (37), maybe Jaguars (42). I don´t see any other team in need of a QB in round 2. The rest will pick his QB in round 1. Any other team that wants to trade up will be for a player the Packers coud be also very interested a WR,OT, IDL that has fallen or one of the two ILB. I don´t think the Packers would trade in any of those cases. Trade up from 30 takes a lot of picks. I dont´see the Packers doing that in the first or second round maybe they could pack some of the late picks and get two 4th rounds

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GilMartin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 02:26 pm

We shall see. Teams do trade up for specific players other than quarterbacks. Gutekunst's track record indicates he's open to making whatever moves he feels are necessary to maximize the draft and get the player or players he's targeting. Thanks for commenting.

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PhantomII's picture

March 29, 2020 at 03:23 pm

2021 FA OT: Bak 15-17 mill (est.)
DT: Clark 17-20 mill (est.)
C: Lindsley, Replacement on roster
CB: King 8-10 mill (est.)
RB: A. Jones 8 mill plus (est.)
2021 Cap increase estimated 240 mill. I was surprised Lindsley was not cut or traded earlier. That would have freed up enough money for a starting level WR or starting level DT. Which would negate a draft need. I think if we were going to retain Clark it would have been done a couple years ago lowering his overall cost so I believe he is gone next year because of cost. Bak is still playing at a high level and both C, RT are at manageable cost for now. Bak should be retained 2021. Leaves King and Jones. King is mediocre at this point due to near constant injury and a slower on field growth. Don't see him back. A.Jones is currently the #2 WR and #1 RB he should be back. #1 pick DT, #2 WR,#3 WR, #4 DB, #5 OL, DB...Draft for need move up for BPA at need. We are drafting for a Championship! We are close.

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Tabin's picture

March 29, 2020 at 04:46 pm

I don´t think Clark is gone, they still can put the Tag on him. They will probably sing Bahk and him to an extension this season. A.Jones my best guess is that he will stay in GB, bu t i doubt that they pay him 8M King is a good guess but I don´t see him staying in GB, same for Lindsley.

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justjan's picture

March 29, 2020 at 03:59 pm

Sorry to say, but this is a worthless article.

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ImaPayne's picture

March 29, 2020 at 06:37 pm

Im pragmatic. Gutt's drafting hasnt inspired me. So if i expect little and he delivers, i wont be disappointed like others. rashad Gary, really.

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MarkScot's picture

March 30, 2020 at 05:33 am

Exactly that was the information I am looking for.

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10gooner's picture

March 30, 2020 at 04:49 pm

We have several needs so we must be looking to trade down to gain extra picks.

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Cheezdik's picture

April 17, 2020 at 03:26 am

Jaire is the lynchpin of the Packers defense? He sucked in 19 and took a huge step back. Couldn’t catch an int ball to save his life. Must of dropped ten balls thrown right to him. Sucks at tackling(Sucking at tackling is a must for any Packer defender, just ask Savage)He sucks at tackling. Our long gone middle Linebacker Martinez was a scapegoat for the crappy defensive line which has sucked since Reggie White played on it. Packers went and showed their repetitive stupidity by signing their garbage kick returner for yet another snooze filled season of endless two yard returns. Pathetic. Should have hired Welker like the Niners did after we cheaped out. It’s too bad this org won’t build a D-line or get some defenders who can tackle. Should have also fired their garbage Defensive Coordinator. Get ready for another year of watching the Niners beat us into oblivion. They know how to put a defense together, Packers don’t

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