With Allen Lazard out indefinitely, here are five wide receivers the Green Bay Packers could look to acquire.
Rumors of Aaron Rodgers’ demise have been exaggerated. The Green Bay Packers are 3-0, with the top-scoring offense in the league. No. 1 wide receiver Davante Adams (hamstring) missed Week 3, but it didn’t matter as Allen Lazard had a breakout game (six catches for 146 yards, one touchdown) against the New Orleans Saints.
But on Thursday, news surfaced that Lazard was dealing with a core muscle injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Lazard had surgery, and he’ll be out indefinitely. Adams may be back in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons, with an extra day before the game next Monday night, but after Marques Valdez-Scantling (20.6 yards per catch so far this year) Green Bay’s wide receiver depth gets thin quickly.
With Lazard out for a while, and with his effectiveness unknown immediately upon his return, the Packers could make a move to add a wide receiver and leave the NFC North in the dust.
Focusing on trades, with the deadline coming on Oct. 29, here are five wide receivers the Packers could look to acquire.
5 wide receivers the Green Bay Packers could trade for
5. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers spent some of the offseason professing how important Samuel would be to the offense. He got eight targets in Week 1 and over the next two games, in the wake of Christian McCaffrey’s injury, he has gotten some snaps at running back with eight rushing attempts.
Samuel is in the final year of his contract, and he’s making $1.22 million in base salary with a cap hit only a little over $2 million. Carolina doesn’t seem inclined to give him a contract extension, but they also may not want to remove any weapons from the offense with McCaffrey out.
That said, if the Packers offered a draft pick for Samuel the Panthers may listen. Samuel can’t be pigeonholed as a versatile gadget player, and his upside with Rodgers under center would be immense.