If the Green Bay Packers want to win another Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers, they have to go all-in on shoring up a few holes on the roster. While Rodgers is coming off of an MVP season, he is 37 years old with 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love waiting in the wings. Brian Gutekunst could look to swing some big moves this offseason, and one option could be trading for New England Patriots star cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Despite failing to address the need for weapons around Rodgers, the Packers’ offense was great in 2020. Rodgers and Davante Adams have great chemistry, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard filled in behind.
While it wouldn’t hurt to add some weapons to the roster, especially if running back Aaron Jones leaves in free agency, arguably the biggest need for Green Bay this offseason is on the defensive side of the ball, specifically at cornerback.
The Packers had things set up perfectly for a run. They had home field, so teams would have to go through Lambeau Field to make a Super Bowl run. They ran into the buzzsaw that is Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as they cut through the Green Bay defense like a hot knife through butter.
Brady picked on Kevin King throughout the game, as he surrendered the first touchdown to Mike Evans and then the egregious touchdown to Scotty Miller before halftime. The image of King trying to catch up to Miller is a lasting one for Packers fans and probably punched his ticket out of town.
King is a free agent this offseason and the Packers need to find a partner for star corner Jaire Alexander. In this proposed trade, they do exactly that, landing Stephon Gilmore from the Patriots in exchange for a second-round pick, No. 62 overall, in the 2021 NFL Draft.
If the Packers want to slow down the elite passing games, they need some help in the defensive backfield. Gilmore would accomplish that.
That price could very well have dropped after Gilmore had a down season in 2020, following up his Defensive Player of the Year award-winning season in 2019. Given New England’s propensity to move on from a player a year early instead of a year late, Gilmore could be on the move sooner than later.
With the current state of the Patriots and their rebuild, they could land another good asset in exchange for Gilmore, someone that may no longer be in their plans beyond this upcoming season. If they do move him, the Packers would make a lot of sense.