Packers pursued trades for Chase Claypool, Darren Waller

The inexperienced Bay Packers have been unable to tug off any presents earlier than final Tuesday’s NFL commerce deadline, nonetheless it wasn’t for an absence of effort.

The Packers made aggressive makes an try to amass Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Chase Claypool and Las Vegas Raiders tight finish Darren Waller, league sources instructed ESPN.

inexperienced Bay supplied two draft picks — its second-spherical decide and one other late-spherical decide — to Pittsburgh for Claypool, in protecting with sources.

The Steelers believed, nonetheless, that the Packers are in a place to turning round their season even with out Claypool, in protecting with sources, and a playoff push by inexperienced Bay would decrease the worth of the picks Pittsburgh would have obtained inside the commerce. So the Steelers in the end opted for the Bears‘ current of a second-spherical decide, regardless that inexperienced Bay supplied extra picks than Chicago.

The Packers additionally revisited their curiosity in Waller, who they tried to amass this previous offseason as quickly as they traded Davante Adams to the Raiders. inexperienced Bay requested the Raiders to incorporate Waller in any package deal for Adams, however Las Vegas declined, in protecting with sources.

The Packers checked again with the Raiders earlier than the deadline to see in the event that they’d any curiosity in dealing Waller this time, however inexperienced Bay wasn’t prepared to current ample commerce compensation to Las Vegas for the expert Bowl tight finish, in protecting with sources.

buying the 6-foot-4 Claypool was the major focus, nonetheless, for the Packers, who did not particular curiosity in buying and promoting for Houston Texans vast receiver Brandin Cooks, in protecting with sources. a quantity of teams aggressively pursued a commerce for Claypool, nonetheless it appeared as if inexperienced Bay would land the third-12 months receiver.

however talks between the Steelers and Bears heated up Monday, and Pittsburgh in the end dealt Claypool to Chicago, which has been wanting so as to add weapons for quarterback Justin Fields simply as inexperienced Bay has been making an try to do for Aaron Rodgers.

Claypool, who’s predicted to make his Bears debut Sunday in opposition to the Miami Dolphins, had 32 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown in eight video games for the Steelers this season.

Rodgers said this previous Wednesday that the Packers’ inactivity on the commerce deadline “despatched the message to us that we now want to play with the fellows we have gotten and win with the fellows we have gotten.”

“i really feel there’s nonetheless pretty a little bit of confidence inside the fellows inside the locker room,” Rodgers said. “I do really feel like we now want to get healthful.”


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