The Green Bay Packers are, without question, one of the top contenders in the NFC, and many are predicting them to represent the conference in Super Bowl 51. While they still have their issues, Mike McCarthy and the Packers have to feel good about the way they have started the season.
Looking at the NFC North, there is no question that the Minnesota Vikings look like the team to beat. At 5-0 and with a victory over the Packers head-to-head, the Vikings appear to be the early front-runners to take the division title for the second straight year. Green Bay could very well end up coming back to take the division, but right now, they are focusing on shoring up the holes that they still have.
One of the biggest issues that they have faced this season has been in their defensive backfield.
If the Packers want to make a splash and acquire the help needed for their secondary, there is a big name available on the trade market. The Cleveland Browns are reportedly interested in trading Joe Haden, and the Packers would be a perfect landing spot for the star cornerback.
We have previously mentioned here at the Inquisitr that there are five teams that would make sense for Haden. Green Bay was listed as one of them, but it’s time to take a deeper look at the possibility.
Green Bay has dealt with its top cornerback, Sam Shields, missing quite a bit of time with yet another concussion. There is concern that his career could be threatened due to the amount of concussions that he has suffered throughout his young career. That has left second-year cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins to fend for themselves.
Unfortunately, the Packers’ defense has given up big play after big play so far this season. Their defense hasn’t been terrible, but it certainly isn’t where it needs to be in order to make a run at the Super Bowl.
Acquiring a talent like Haden would undoubtedly take their defense to the next level. He would give them a legitimate lockdown cornerback, which is something that Dom Capers hasn’t had to work with.
Up to this point in the 2016 NFL season, Haden has recorded 19 tackles, two interceptions, and five defensed passes. Green Bay hasn’t had a playmaker in their secondary on Haden’s level since Charles Woodson. He was a massive part of the Packers’ Super Bowl win a few years back, and Green Bay could use that kind of an impact player.
At 27-years-old, Haden still has three years left on his contract after this season. Having that kind of control could be intriguing for Ted Thompson as well. Green Bay isn’t normally known for being aggressive in free agency or on the trade market, but acquiring Haden would make it worth it.
Haden may not end up getting moved prior to the November 1 deadline, but the Packers might just be the best possible landing spot for him.
If he was traded to the Packers, he would be joining a team that is already considered a Super Bowl contender. He would immediately fill a huge void that the Packers have and would be one of their keys to a potential championship win.
There is no telling what kind of price tag the Browns would ask for in order to acquire Haden. He is a superstar cornerback and certainly won’t be traded just to make a deal. Green Bay should be more than willing to trade high draft picks in order to acquire what might be the final piece that they need to come away with another Super Bowl title.
It will be interesting to see what the trade deadline holds this year. There aren’t many deals made in the NFL in the middle of the season, but the Browns certainly sound interested in trading some of their talented players. If the Packers are smart, they will place a call to see what it would take to acquire Haden.
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