Trade Notes: Packers, McKinley, Alexander

We heard earlier today that the Packers were eying Texans wideout Will Fuller, but there were reportedly disagreements among high-level Packers officials on whether they should make a play for a receiver. While head coach Matt LaFleur said he was unsure if “anything ever got that serious,” he was sure that he’s on the same page with general manager Brian Gutekunst.

“I have no idea where anything like that would ever come from,” LaFleur said of the reports (via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky). “We’re in constant communication, we’re on the same page and there is no truth to that. I promise you that.”

While receiver Davante Adams expressed confidence in his teammates, he previously acknowledged that he’d welcome some help at the position.

“I wouldn’t say we necessarily need to, because I think we’ve shown what we can do,” Adams said. “When I went down, guys stepped up and did what they had to do. Stepped up big. I wouldn’t say it’s a need. Obviously, I’ve said this before, I don’t think it’s any secret that could help us potentially. I wouldn’t be opposed to it. It could help us. But I definitely got full faith and trust in my guys here to be able to get it done.”

As Demovsky notes, the Packers could be getting some reinforcement at the position, as receiver Allen Lazard could return this weekend. The 24-year-old had eight catches for 146 yards and one score in Week 3, but he’s been sidelined since undergoing core muscle surgery.

Some more trade notes from around the NFL:

  • The Falcons were seeking a fourth-round pick for defensive end Takkarist McKinley, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network (via Twitter). We heard last week that the former first-rounder was on the trade block, but the 25-year-old declared last night that he wasn’t going anywhere. McKinley has compiled only eight tackles and one sack in four games this season, and he hasn’t played more than 40-percent of his team’s defensive snaps since Week 1.
  • After acquiring defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in a preseason trade with the Jaguars, the Vikings traded the veteran to the Ravens back in October. ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes that the trade conditions from the conditional fifth-rounder that Minnesota sent Jacksonville still apply. That fifth-rounder will turn into a fourth-rounder if Ngakoue goes to the Pro Bowl (with the Ravens). It’s worth noting that the Vikings received a conditional fifth-rounder in their trade with Baltimore, and there’s a good chance that selection contains many of the same conditions.
  • The pick the Dolphins received in the Isaiah Ford trade with the Patriots is a conditional sixth-rounder, tweets Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Howe adds that the pick could turn into a seventh-rounder if the conditions aren’t met.
  • The conditional fifth-round pick that the Saints sent the 49ers in the Kwon Alexander trade has a bit more intrigue. The MMQB’s Albert Breer tweets that it’s a 2022 pick that’s heading to San Francisco, although that could turn into a 2021 selection based on “play-time markers.”
  • Cowboys receiver Michael Gallup was presumably never on the block, as VP Stephen Jones said last week that the organization wouldn’t be trading the 24-year-old (via The Athletic’s Jon Machota on Twitter). Following a breakout 2019 campaign, Gallup has disappointed a bit in 2020, hauling in 26 receptions for 432 yards and one score through eight games (seven starts).
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12 comments on “Trade Notes: Packers, McKinley, Alexander

  1. GoLandCrabs

    Man the Packers are still gutless when it comes to a big move. You drafted a QB in the 1st round… It was a complete failure to not give Rodgers another much deserved playmaker.

    • Rocket32

      GoLandCrabs Hopefully Rodgers gets out of Green Bay before he retires and gets over to another team with a talented roster who ARE ready to make the moves to go all in to win with him. Like Brady in Tampa. Love better be the next Mahomes

      • Technically correct

        They have dudes who people thought would be good enough. But they dropped a pass one time and Rodgers won’t throw to them again. It’s kinda his fault too.

        • Michael Chaney

          That’s partially true but they also haven’t really invested anything in receivers for the last several years. None of their current receivers were especially high draft picks, and that’s a credit to their scouting (or just the impact of Rodgers), but still kind of alarming.

    • twentyforty

      Rodgers own play in close games is why Rodgers doesn’t have another ring.

      • Ak185

        Yeah…Rodgers is what’s holding the Packers back. Sure, he’s the number 1 reason, what with the surefire Hall of Fame career and all. I’m positive that the Packers wished that they had Joe Flacco all these years instead.

  2. Brennan nedeff

    Seattle should’ve done that 4th round pick for Takk but gotten a 6 along with him tho

    • UGA_Steve

      As a Falcons fan, I would have taken that and ran. Unlike Vic Beasley, Takk has done nothing since he has been drafted. He is a motor guy without a motor. He doesn’t even get chipped on plays any more because opposing teams know he is not a real threat.

      Falcons should have asked for a 6th at the start and hoped for a 7th. Just silly for them not to take whatever they could get for him.

  3. Dalton1017

    Gallup is only 68 yards on pace for 1000 yards… that is with very little passing yards by the Cowboys as of late… i think he is doing just fine

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