Just a few days after the Panthers lost Kelvin Benjamin for the season to a torn ACL, Jordy Nelson went and broke our hearts again. As you know by now, Nelson’s season is finished before it ever started, thanks to the same injury as Benjamin.
Last week I looked into some options for the Panthers in wake of Benjamin’s injury. This week it’s time to do the same for the Packers.
Obviously, Green Bay is fortunate enough to have Aaron Rodgers still throwing to Randall Cobb and Davante Adams (with rookie Ty Montgomery expected to be worked in). Just because the Packers aren’t as desperate as the Panthers, doesn’t mean it’s not fun to explore some options anyway.
(Reggie Wayne probably would have been the ideal guy for the job up in Green Bay — Wayne’s name was also being mentioned in Carolina — but he’s a member of the Patriots now, giving us just another reason to tune in to Pats vs. Colts on Sunday night of Week 6).
Larry Fitzgerald — WR, Arizona Cardinals
I told you it’s fun to explore options. Look, the Cardinals were actually a serious contender last season until their quarterbacks started dropping like flies. Arizona has big expectations this season, and they’re only realistic if Fitzgerald is in uniform. However, we still get the Larry Fitz trade rumors every season due to how his contract is structured. The sides agreed to a new deal that gives both sides more stability (more guaranteed money for Fitz/a lower cap hit for the Cardinals), but if the team doesn’t get off to a good start, they may want to consider dumping a WR that they’re paying so dearly for. I couldn’t see this trade happening unless Arizona got off to a bad start … but imagine Rodgers and Fitzgerald together? If this guy became available, the Packers would be the type of team that would swoop in. Obviously the fantasy impact would be a huge boost to Fitzgerald, and probably even Rodgers.
Marques Colston — WR, New Orleans Saints
The Saints aren’t totally changing the way they play, but they’re revamping to a degree. Mark Ingram is the new Pierre Thomas, C.J. Spiller is the new Reggie Bush/Darren Sproles, Josh Hill is the new Jimmy Graham, and Brandin Cooks is the new Marques Colston. Colston still has a role, of course, as the No. 2 WR, but it may be time for New Orleans to totally move on and go all in with the new look core. Although Colston’s Jordy Nelson-esque days are behind him, he’s certainly still a starter. Maybe a change of scenery is best for both parties, Green Bay would figure in as the lucky beneficiaries.
Randy Moss — WR, Free Agent
Moss recently admitted that he’s itching to return to the NFL. Yes, he’s old, but he’s still Randy Moss. I’d be willing to bet he can still produce WR3 numbers in most offenses (let alone this one), and that’s all Green Bay really needs here. After all those years in Minnesota (and the relationship he had with the fans at Lambeau), I just feel like it would be kind of fun seeing Moss play on the other side — almost like an opposite Brett Favre type thing. But entertainment aside, Moss could likely help the Packers, which is what it really comes down to. Honestly, he could probably also help the Panthers, or even the Patriots if they wanted to throw us in the time machine and pair Moss and Wayne.
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