Packers pursued trades for Chase Claypool, Darren Waller

The Green Bay Packers had been unable to tug off any offers earlier than final Tuesday’s NFL commerce deadline, however it wasn’t for an absence of effort.

The Packers made aggressive makes an attempt to accumulate Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Chase Claypool and Las Vegas Raiders tight finish Darren Waller, league sources advised ESPN.

Green Bay provided two draft picks — its second-round decide and one other late-round decide — to Pittsburgh for Claypool, in keeping with sources.

The Steelers believed, nonetheless, that the Packers are able to turning round their season even with out Claypool, in keeping with sources, and a playoff push by Green Bay would lower the worth of the picks Pittsburgh would have acquired within the commerce. So the Steelers in the end opted for the Bears’ provide of a second-round decide, despite the fact that Green Bay provided extra picks than Chicago.

The Packers additionally revisited their curiosity in Waller, whom they tried to accumulate this previous offseason after they traded Davante Adams to the Raiders. Green Bay requested the Raiders to incorporate Waller in any bundle for Adams, however Las Vegas declined, in keeping with sources.

The Packers checked again with the Raiders earlier than the deadline to see if they’d any curiosity in dealing Waller this time, however Green Bay wasn’t prepared to supply sufficient commerce compensation to Las Vegas for the Pro Bowl tight finish, in keeping with sources.

Acquiring the 6-foot-4 Claypool was the first focus, nonetheless, for the Packers, who didn’t categorical curiosity in buying and selling for Houston Texans huge receiver Brandin Cooks, in keeping with sources. Multiple groups aggressively pursued a commerce for Claypool, however it appeared as if Green Bay would land the third-year receiver.

But talks between the Steelers and Bears heated up Monday, and Pittsburgh ultimately dealt Claypool to Chicago, which has been wanting so as to add weapons for quarterback Justin Fields simply as Green Bay has been making an attempt to do for Aaron Rodgers.

Claypool, who is anticipated to make his Bears debut Sunday towards the Miami Dolphins, had 32 catches for 311 yards and a landing in eight video games for the Steelers this season.

Rodgers mentioned Wednesday that the Packers’ inactivity on the commerce deadline “despatched the message to us that we have got to play with the fellows we have got and win with the fellows we have got.”

“I feel there’s nonetheless quite a lot of confidence within the guys within the locker room,” Rodgers mentioned. “I do really feel like we have to get wholesome.”