The Green Bay Packers were unable to close deals ahead of last Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort.
The Packers were making aggressive attempts to take on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Chase Claypool and tight end Las Vegas Raiders Darren Waller, league sources told ESPN.
Green Bay offered Pittsburgh two draft picks — his second-round pick and another late-round pick for Claypool, according to sources.
However, the Steelers believed the Packers are capable of turning their season around without Claypool, according to sources, and a Green Bay playoff push would diminish the value of the picks Pittsburgh would have received commercially. So the Steelers ultimately settled on the Bears’ offer of a second-round pick, even though Green Bay offered more picks than Chicago.
The Packers also resumed interest in Waller, whom they attempted to acquire last offseason when they sold Davante Adams to the Raiders. Green Bay asked the Raiders to include Waller in any package for Adams, but Las Vegas declined, sources say.
The Packers checked with the Raiders ahead of the deadline to see if they’d be interested in negotiating Waller this time, but Green Bay wasn’t willing to give Las Vegas enough trade compensation for the Pro Bowl’s tight end, sources said to offer.
However, acquiring the 6-foot-4 Claypool was the main focus for the Packers, who have expressed no interest in trading for Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks, according to sources. Several teams aggressively pursued a trade for Claypool, but it seemed like Green Bay would land the third-year receiver.
But talks between the Steelers and Bears heated up Monday, with Pittsburgh eventually handing Claypool to Chicago, which has been trying to add guns for quarterback Justin Fields just as Green Bay tried for Aaron Rodgers.
Claypool, who is expected to make his Bears debut against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, has had 32 catches for 311 yards and one touchdown in eight games for the Steelers this season.
Rodgers said last Wednesday that the Packers’ inactivity at the close “sent us the message that we need to play with the guys we’ve got and win with the guys we’ve got.”
“I think there’s still a lot of faith in the guys in the locker room,” Rodgers said. “I feel like we need to get healthy.”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34955663/sources-packers-pursued-trades-chase-claypool-darren-waller Packers pursued trades for Chase Claypool, Darren Waller