This is an important offseason for the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is coming off an MVP season, but going on 38 years old, Green Bay is running out of time to make a Super Bowl run. A wide receiver is a major need and Dallas Cowboys wideout Michael Gallup could make perfect sense.
Instead of investing in weapons to help elevate the offense last offseason, general manager Brian Gutekunst decided to take quarterback Jordan Love with the team’s first-round pick. What Rodgers accomplished this past season was truly remarkable. Now, the organization is in an awkward position.
Rodgers is essentially an MVP placeholder. Quarterbacks selected in the first round play, it is only a matter of time. However, Rodgers has shown he has something left in the tank. Green Bay has to maximize the time remaining with the future Hall of Famer and get him some help. Finding that help will not be easy.
The Packers don’t have salary cap space to make a splash in free agency for a veteran such as Allen Robinson, Chris Godwin, or Kenny Golladay. Instead, they will have to get creative and maybe swing a trade for a wide receiver on a rookie deal. One player to keep an eye on is Gallup.
Gallup has had productive seasons with Dallas since being selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Baylor and is putting up numbers that would look great for the Packers. Gallup hauled in 59 receptions for 843 yards and five touchdowns in 2020. That is coming on the heels of a breakout sophomore season in which he caught 66 passes for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns.
Going into the last year of his rookie contract, Michael Gallup is the type of player the Packers should target. He has no future in Dallas, as the team invested a first-round pick in CeeDee Lamb in 2020 and signed Amari Cooper to a five-year, $100 million deal that began in 2020. The Cowboys would be happy to get something for him instead of allowing him to walk for nothing in free agency.
On the field, the Packers would have a legitimate No. 2 option behind superstar Davante Adams. Marquez Valdes-Scantling could fill the role as the deep threat, with Allen Lazard also filling in behind Gallup.
Upgrading the weapons around Rodgers this offseason is imperative. They may have reached the 2020 NFC Championship Game, but the formula used to do so is not one the organization should repeat.