If you haven’t been paying attention to the Oakland Raiders, you wouldn’t be aware of the fact that the team is a complete dumpster fire. The team is 1-6 with their only win coming from an overtime victory against the Browns. Marshawn Lynch just went to IR. Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack have been traded away for three 1st round draft picks. Former 1st round pick Karl Joseph is slated to get moved before the deadline as well. Reports are surfacing that the Raiders do not view Derek Carr as the long term answer at quarterback anymore. All signs point to John Gruden not being anything near a success in Oakland.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that specifically Derek Carr and Gareon Conley aren’t likely to be traded. That leaves the remainder of the roster as possibly available. While I do not think that the Packers will be interested in box safety Karl Joseph, trading for Bruce Irvin makes quite a bit of sense. Reports from both Fox Sports and NFL Network have circulated indicating that Bruce Irvin’s availability via trade. It has been indicated that Irvin could be had for a late round pick, not a steep price given that most late round picks are a gamble anyway. Fox Sport’s Jay Glazer also reported that the Packers were interested in acquiring pass rush via trade prior to the deadline.
It is blatantly obvious that this Packers defense cannot get consistent pressure unless they are blitzing. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry have not been effective at getting consistent pressure. Muhammad Wilkerson is gone for the season. Reggie Gilbert and Kyler Fackrell are not solving the issue either. The team did seem much better against the Rams in terms of Pass rush. Kenny Clark looks to have taken a step as a pass rusher. They still lack the personnel to consistently get pressure however. The only way to add talent at this point would be via trade. Gutekunst could wait until the offseason to address the outside linebacker position, but that clearly is not going to help this team until next year.
If Bruce Irvin is in fact available, which sounds very likely, I think the Packers would be wise to attempt to acquire him for the right price. Despite being drafted in the 1st round of the same draft as 28 year old Nick Perry, Irvin turns 31 in November, so he isn’t a long term answer by any means. Irvin is however a better pass rusher than any outside linebacker they’ve got on their roster currently, in my opinion.
Irvin is playing only about half of Raiders defensive snaps this seasons, after being moved to defensive end full time. He has 3 sacks thus far this season in limited action. Irvin would bring experience dropping into coverage to this team, an element which could be useful with Mike Pettine’s exotic blitz packages. Above all else, his presence as a player in the rotation would keep the other rushers fresh with more breaks. His contract has another season on it after this one for 9.25 million dollars, with no dead money. So if this was a failed experiment, the Packers could very easily move on.
This wouldn’t be a sexy trade, but it would be an attempt to do something to help this pass rush. Irvin would not go out there and look like Von Miller, but the Packers don’t need him to. Sending a 6th or 7th round pick for Irvin is not the end of the world, remember when the Packers drafted players like Kofi Amichia and Hunter Bradley in the 6th and 7th round? This is worth a shot on a half season experiment. A possible deterrent of this trade would be Brian Guetkunst not wanting to bring Irvin’s big personality into that locker room, which would be totally understandable.
With the Packers not necessarily likely to trade for Bruce Irvin, there is certainly other names floated around regarding pass rush prior to the deadline. Dante Fowler, Chandler Jones, and Jadeveon Clowney are some names I have heard floated around. I would be very surprised to see Chandler Jones go to the Packers given his monster contract, but he is one of the better rushers in the NFL right now, so I cannot rule it out completely. Clowney would also be a big move. He is in the final year of his rookie deal and set to get paid big money. There is no denying the talent of Clowney, and he cannot be completely ruled out either.
Fowler is the one I think makes the most sense of the 3. He is in the final year of his deal with Jacksonville, 31.79 percent of snaps. Jacksonville has dropped each of their last 4 games and is in a downward spiral as a team. A player of Fowler’s ability would be Play a lot more snaps in Green Bay than he currently is in Jacksonville. Trading for Fowler would again bring a big personality into the locker room, something the team has tried to avoid in the past.
The Packers are rumored to be shopping Haha Clinton-Dix prior to the deadline as well. Ty Montgomery is a name I definitely could see being shopped as well. They add those two names to their trade ammunition in addition to their extra first round pick. The Packers have the capital to make a move, we won’t know if they will until Tuesday’s deadline is reached however.
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