Packers Trade Proposal Sends $30 Million Defensive Lineman to Green Bay

Getty The Green Bay Packers could pair Kenny Clark with another talented defensive lineman.

The Green Bay Packers have a serious need on the defensive line, but general manager Brian Gutekunst could fix those issues up front by making a trade for an established veteran in the trenches.

Despite having a star on the defensive line in Kenny Clark, the Packers have lacked a true impact starter next to him since Mike Daniels left after the 2018 season. However, Alex Ballentine with Bleacher Report believes that the team could make a trade for a legitimate starter before training camp kicks off.

Along with trade suggestions for Budda Baker (who has been linked in trade rumors) and Yosh Nijman, Ballentine suggested that Grover Stewart from the Indianapolis Colts would be an ideal piece for the Packers.

“The Colts defensive tackle is in the final year of his contract, and Indianapolis already has big money invested in DeForest Buckner on the inside,” Ballentine wrote. “If the Colts don’t intend to extend Stewart’s contract, they might be willing to part ways with him. The 29-year-old would be a big boost for the Packers’ run defense. At 6’4″, 315 pounds, he’s the kind of big-bodied tackle who could come in alongside Kenny Clark and give them consistency.”

The Packers Have a Glaring Need On The D-Line

Even after drafting a pair of potential hybrid defensive linemen in the 2023 NFL Draft, the unit remains one of the teams biggest needs heading into next season.

Outside of Clark, there’s not much certainty as to who will be starting on the defensive line. Devonte Wyatt was a first-round pick for the Packers last year, but the former Georgia standout saw very little action until late into his rookie season.

Assuming that Wyatt is able to take a second-year jump and become a full-time starter, there are still questions about who will be the third starter. Dean Lowry left for a division rival in the Minnesota Vikings, while Jarran Reed has reunited with his old team in the Seattle Seahawks.

The remaining options aren’t exactly inspiring. T.J. Slaton has shown flashes as a reserve nose tackle, but him starting would mean that Clark would likely have to kick out to defensive end. Other options include unproven players like Chris Slayton and Jonathan Ford or the rookies in Colby Wooden and Karl Brooks.

Unless one of those players turns out to be a hidden gem, the Packers are going to need a legitimate third starter at some point.

Why a Grover Stewart Trade Makes Sense

If the Packers are serious about loading up on defense during the Jordan Love era, then a move for Stewart makes more sense than other potential moves.

Stewart has been a consistent starter for the Colts despite modest box score production. The former fourth-round pick is coming off a career-best season with four sacks, but his consistencies as a pass rusher and run defender make him a solid piece in Indianapolis.

However, Stewart will be a free agent after the 2023 season, and it’s unclear if the Colts will re-sign him. If the Packers wanted to take a flier on Stewart, it would likely not take much draft capital to do so. Meanwhile, his cap hit of $10 million for 2023 is much more manageable than some of the other trade targets or free agents the Packers have been linked to.

The Packers would need to work their cap and likely offer Rashan Gary an extension to free up enough space, but a move for Stewart would take Green Bay’s front seven to the next level.

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Richard Ertel
Richard Ertel
3 months ago

Wow! Terrible idea! That’s like bringing in another David Bakhtiarai type contract for a one year rental. In turn, we give them one of last years highest rated young offensive lineman who’s paid under market value? really? Not very well thought out. I’ll take my chances with the young guys we have. The Packers are predicted to finish last in the division this year. The addition of an aging veteran with a bloated contract just does not make sense? Is your name Matt Millen?