The Green Bay Packers have taken a major risk with their roster construction for the 2023 season. They opted for a youth movement, which has led to a lot of inexperienced players being in key positions.
The least experienced spot on the team is wide receiver. The Packers don’t have a single player at the position with more than one season of NFL experience, which is certainly a tricky way to build up an offense.
With an inexperienced quarterback in Jordan Love, the Packers are taking a major risk by putting such a young supporting cast around him. Many presumed that the team would add a veteran to the mix at some point, but that has not occurred.
Now four weeks into the season, Green Bay has been perfectly fine with the wide receivers they have. If they didn’t add a player when Christian Watson missed the first three weeks of the season, a move likely isn’t going to come.
But, if they do opt to make an acquisition, the trade market could produce an intriguing option. One player to keep an eye on is Tee Higgins of the Cincinnati Bengals. Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report ranked Higgins as No. 8 on his NFL Trade Block Big Board and believes the Packers could be a potential suitor for him.
“The Bengals aren’t trading a talented receiver to Baltimore, but the Packers could be a possibility. Green Bay will have an extra 2024 second-rounder thanks to the Aaron Rodgers trade and could use a reliable pass-catcher to aid Jordan Love.”
The Bengals and Higgins aren’t going to be discussing an extension, which makes him a trade candidate until the deadline passes. Playing out the final season on his rookie contract and with a long-term deal up in the air, it would make sense for Cincinnati to explore what they would get on the trade market.
Should the Bengals continue losing at the clip they have to start the season, the likelihood of a Higgins trade will increase. Cincinnati isn’t going to help an AFC team, let alone a rival such as the Baltimore Ravens like Knox said, making the Packers an intriguing landing spot.
Higgins is the No. 2 wide receiver in Cincinnati behind Ja’Marr Chase, but he has the skill set and potential to be a No. 1. An established player, he would still fit the timeline the Packers are on should they acquire him.