Packers makin' moves, but not trades, at the trade deadline

The team announced a flurry of transactions Tuesday afternoon, which included a move at long snapper. 

The trade deadline has come and gone with nary a trade in site at 1265 Lombardi. 

The team did, however, announce several moves. 

The Packers have signed LS Steven Wirtel from the practice squad to the active roster, signed DL Abdullah Anderson to the practice squad, placed QB Kurt Benkert on the practice squad reserve/COVID-19 list, released LS Hunter Bradley and LB Jaylon Smith, and released LB Aaron Adeoye from the practice squad. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transactions Tuesday.

Wirtel is a 6-foot-4, 228-pound, first-year player out of Iowa State University who was signed to the Packers’ practice squad on Sept. 2. He originally signed with the Detroit Lions in May 2020 as an undrafted free agent and spent the entire season on their practice squad. Wirtel signed with the Los Angeles Rams this offseason, but was released on Aug. 26. In four seasons at Iowa State, he did not miss a single game in his career (51 total) while handling all snapping duties.

Bradley, originally a seventh-round draft choice by the Packers in 2018, has handled all snapping duties for Green Bay over the past 56 regular-season games (2018-21) while also appearing in four playoff contests.

Smith played in two games with Green Bay after signing on Oct. 7.

Anderson (6-3, 303), a second-year player out of Bucknell that originally signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in May 2018, returns to the Packers’ practice squad after spending the first two weeks of the season on it. He will wear No. 98 for Green Bay.

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Lphill's picture

November 02, 2021 at 03:57 pm

Was hoping for a D lineman or corner but I guess a new long snapper was the missing piece to the roster .

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Swisch's picture

November 02, 2021 at 04:20 pm

Wait, Abdullah Anderson is a DL.
I guess you could say we're just bringing him back after letting him go, but still that's similar to trading for someone after letting him go.
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It's worth reminding ourselves that De'Vondre Campbell was a free-agent signing, the same as Anderson.
More free agent signings are likely in the works over the rest of the season.
At this point, better no trade than a bad trade.
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Whatever one thinks about Gute as our GM, it seems evident to all he is continually trying to upgrade the roster.
In my opinion, Gute has been great.
The past three seasons (including this current one) the Packers are 33-7 under Gute, with a big playoff win each year -- and he started off in his first season with a team that went 6-9-1, with the final game a drubbing of the Packers by the Lions.
Not too shabby a record by our GM -- perhaps the best in the history of the NFL.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 03, 2021 at 09:00 am

Great post as usual Swisch! 1000% agree! We are very fortunate to have Gute as our VP of Football Operations.

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barutanseijin's picture

November 02, 2021 at 04:47 pm

Hunter Bradley needed to be replaced. Erratic would be the best you could say about him

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Swisch's picture

November 02, 2021 at 05:52 pm

Plus, after all this time with Bradley on special teams, letting him go wouldn't be considered a snap decision.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

November 02, 2021 at 10:35 pm

😂😂😂

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packer132's picture

November 02, 2021 at 06:55 pm

Again, you are the Debbie Downer regarding the Packers. Even after a win you seem to complain about something. Only 2 teams made a trade out of 32, and it was a deadline and not the start. Packers replaced the long snapper who has been inconsistent for two years and probably is the main reason for some missed field goals. The team did sign a DL today (Anderson) who was in Green Bay for training camp and released. He could be called up for depth. Keep up the dark cloud, as you will be unhappy about something else in the next week.

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Lphill's picture

November 02, 2021 at 07:20 pm

Crazy me I just like winning ! Championships not just playoff games.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

November 02, 2021 at 10:37 pm

You have an extra "n" and missed the second character, an "h".

There, fixed it for you.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 03, 2021 at 06:23 am

Probably most people on the comments wanted GB to acquire a player, mostly likely at DL, but also ILB or safety, with a few calls for a RB or WR. The cap was a constraint, but there were guys out there. Philly was shopping Fletcher Cox, who has cap numbers of $1.07M (cap neutral for 2021), $1.12M in 2022, and $1.5M in 2023. Philly probably wanted our 2nd round pick since they would be eating about $40M plus.

I think Cox is big-name hunting. I believe there were other players available at a price GB could afford in terms of cap, but Gute would have had to part with a 3rd, 4th or a 5th. Not surprised Gute stood down, but it seemed like a possibility.

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Coldworld's picture

November 03, 2021 at 09:05 am

Does Cox have much left in the tank or is he Snacks last year? Looking around, there wasn’t much out there that seemed a good enough fit to warrant high picks. If we moved, I thought it might be for a TE, but it’s possible that they felt no one was sufficiently better than an internal plan B, whatever that is, at least if those they can fit under the cap.

With the extra game and the extra playoff berths, it does seem as if the pool of teams that are accepting that they are out if it and also looking to shed assets isn’t that great, remove the assets that we can’t afford (cost being a key reason to move) without also paying for the other team to eat the cap, and it seems like the non event of deadline day isn’t surprising, from a Packers or league-wide perspective.

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89Chewy's picture

November 02, 2021 at 04:01 pm

Addition by subtraction!

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Reghamster's picture

November 02, 2021 at 04:07 pm

It is interesting to see how Gute got rid of two of his early and perhaps questionable first year draft picks this year in releasing Scott earlier and now Bradley. I somehow doubt that the Packers will choose to use a future draft pick on a LS or even a punter in future drafts even when they move on from the now current two. LS are usually picked up as undrafted free agents and punters usually as well.( At least not a high pick like Hunter.) As far as Smith goes, good to see they did not wait too long around to release a player despite his successful past . A good ( Gute) team,one hopes,knows when a player will not work into their system
Like all G.M.s live and learn!

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Swisch's picture

November 02, 2021 at 04:27 pm

If we do draft a kicker in the future, select him from a wintry school such as Colorado, rather than a sunny school such as Alabama.

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barutanseijin's picture

November 02, 2021 at 04:20 pm

Whoever scouted Hunter Bradley and JayKay Scottay really blew it. Those guys had no business being in the NFL.

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HarryHodag's picture

November 02, 2021 at 05:37 pm

Sorry, JK Scott was an incredible punter in college. I watched many Alabama games and his leg was impressive. You can't blame any scout for saying this guy was draftable.

Scott looked to me like he was over-coached by a series of bad special teams coaches. It also looked like he stopped caring after he became a pro.

The league average for players who are drafted and make it more than three years is about 50 percent. All teams hit and miss in the draft, Packers included.

When you look at this team with an incredible string of injuries to key players and to see how the Packers are 7-1, criticism of Gute and staff is a little off target.

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barutanseijin's picture

November 02, 2021 at 07:28 pm

Disagree. Drafting a long snapper or punter is not like drafting other positions. You can afford to take a flyer on a late round QB or tackle or something because the reward if you hit on the pick is high. The risk benefit calculation works out different for specialists, mostly in that the benefits are smaller while the risk is still there. If you’re going to draft a punter or a long snapper — few are — you’d better be sure that guy will be near the top at the position.

The Scott pick was hardly a no brainer. Punting in the SEC isn’t the same as punting in Green Bay or Chicago with NFL players coming at you. Scott didn’t have the motivation? That’s no excuse. If the guy wasn’t worth the research effort to know if he had the mental wherewithal to punt in the NFL, he wasn’t worth the pick.

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LambeauPlain's picture

November 02, 2021 at 05:36 pm

Interesting to read in another article Rodgers commenting about the Pack unable to make a big trade due to the cap. He referenced his recent (and enjoyable) talks with Gutey about the roster. He complimented the GM on the roster the Pack has now, including players to be active heading into the 3rd Qtr of the season.

Maybe Rodgers and Gutey appreciate each other more than media has portrayed.

Who knows....maybe #12, who IS talking with Gutey, is amenable freeing up some coin for "keeping the band together 2.0" in future years?

If Rodgers did that....he'd move up THE GOAT list.

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ApplesAndTons's picture

November 02, 2021 at 10:19 pm

He said he was talking with Brian on PMS today. Surely Gute is not the only NFL college scout named Brian. Of course you were supposed to assume Gute and that's obviously the whole point. You're doing great.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 03, 2021 at 06:41 am

Gute is the only scout on the Packers' staff named Brian. And scouts for other teams shouldn't be talking to players on other teams. GB's asst. equipment manager is named Bryan, I suppose.

As for AR just making it up out of whole cloth, no way for me to know for sure, but it seems far-fetched to me.

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Bure9620's picture

November 03, 2021 at 03:54 am

Rodgers is not going to throw the GM under the bus at this point. Of course he wants to make it look like he is completely involved now. He needs to be traded and show other other GMs he is tolerable. He likely never spoke with Gutekunst.

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ApplesAndTons's picture

November 03, 2021 at 04:57 am

Maybe Gute didn't call him and this made Aaron lie because he's not going to throw the GM under the bus? And I agree he needs to be traded but looks like that ship has sailed so I'm sure Aaron felt the need to lie to cover himself for looking silly also. Why didn't we trade him already though? Wasn't Denver looking?

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Bure9620's picture

November 03, 2021 at 08:07 am

Because the dead money hit this year would be exorbitant. How has that shipped sailed?? They literally agreed with him on a trade clause after this season and voided the final year of his deal. This indicates, actually it assures he will not be a Packer in 2022 unless a deal is done, as they will not have a $46 million cap hit for Rodgers.

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canadapacker's picture

November 02, 2021 at 05:55 pm

Nobody made a whole bunch of moves after the Rams got Miller and Watson Cox and Mack never moved . The only guy that might of helped us was Ingram from the Steelers - but he played horribly and that is why the Steelers let him go., So nothing was available better than what we had ( at least at a price we could afford) Everybody signs guys based upon past performance - Rams with Desean Jackson - and now they cut him. OBJr is probably next to go from the Browns especially if daddie keeps on tweeting.

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PhantomII's picture

November 02, 2021 at 06:33 pm

No surprises as Gute covets his draft picks most of all. He spends his #4 pick like a drunken sailor, but that is the limit. I expect more for a Super Bowl run from our GM. We have a lot of personnel being plugged in at DB and OL from injury and now WR from Covid. All this playing time will build confidence in our backups. Gute has picked up a few players looking pretty good from other teams practice squads and released players. A vet DB or DL would have been nice at the deadline. I hope our RB's hold up. We need someone to step up at returner or Gute can poach another from another PS. GPG

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jh9's picture

November 02, 2021 at 07:47 pm

I think Brian Gutekunst has done an incredible job of signing De’Vondre Campbell and Rasul Douglas. I respect him. However, this is not a normal season. If this team doesn’t make it to the Super Bowl, it may be the last season Aaron Rodgers plays for the Packers.

After watching Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to a Lombardi Trophy in 2010, I thought for sure I was about to witness the Packers winning multiple Super Bowls with him as our quarterback. It hasn’t worked out that way.

If the Packers don’t, at least, make it to the Super Bowl this year, we may look back at today as the last chance we had to win another Lombardi Trophy for many years. I hope that’s not the case.

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Johnblood27's picture

November 02, 2021 at 07:26 pm

please disengage your lips from aaron rodgers appendage.

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Johnblood27's picture

November 03, 2021 at 07:00 pm

apologists, please place your downvotes here...

LOLOLOL!!!

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ApplesAndTons's picture

November 02, 2021 at 09:51 pm

Something tells me this narrative will not be accepted by the media nor anywhere outside this town. Things will only become more Rocky for you guys next year. This mentality hasn't worked since your Favre days. TT was a failure just like Gute. 1 SB is not enough for them

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Bure9620's picture

November 03, 2021 at 03:49 am

Explain to me exactly how TT was a failure?

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Crankbait's picture

November 03, 2021 at 07:44 am

He basically ignored and or was incompetent with managing the defense during Rogers prime years.

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King_James's picture

November 03, 2021 at 08:48 am

Pretty sure it was Capers and MM that mismanaged the defense. TT drafting probowlers in Hyde and Heyward only for the coaching stuff not to utilize them properly would attest to that.

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Packers0808's picture

November 02, 2021 at 06:56 pm

Dee Sean Jackson cut, possible look see for Packers or head ache guy and pass on him!

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Johnblood27's picture

November 02, 2021 at 07:26 pm

headache.

hard pass.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 03, 2021 at 09:18 am

Hey Packers0808!

WR, Andre Rison who the Pack picked up in 1996 to help win the SB was such a bad dude his girlfriend 'Left Eye' Lopes not only smashed windshields on two of his cars, but burned his house down.

Jackson can't be that bad can he? :)

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joejetson's picture

November 03, 2021 at 12:23 am

Jaylon Smith was a great new shiny object while he lasted. Now let's move on to Desean Jackson.

Signed,
Armchair GM

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