Packers Trade Rasul Douglas

Shortly before the trade deadline Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers traded cornerback Rasul Douglas to the Buffalo Bills.

The seventh year cornerback was a veteran presence in the locker room the team desperately needed this season. Douglas quickly became a fan favorite after his breakout performance during the 2021 season.

Douglas was in the middle of a career year with the Packers. In seven games with the Packers this year, he racked up 32 tackles, six PBUs, and one interception. Douglas currently has the highest PFF grade of his career, with a 75.2 grade through seven games.

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst, when asked about the trade during a press conference on Wednesday, said “[the trade] was a tough one because of what he means to our team” 

“We weren’t looking to move anybody” Gutekunst continued, “at the end of the day, the offer was kind of too good to pass up.”   The Bills sent a third round pick to the Packers in exchange for Douglas and a fifth round pick.   With the Packers’ recent history of third round draft picks, I question what about the offer makes it “too good to pass up.” 

The last undeniably good player the Packers drafted in the third round was James Jones all the way back in 2007. Since then, third round draft picks for the Packers have ranged from terrible to okay.

Since joining the team in 2018, Brian Gutekunst has made six picks in the third round. In order, they are: LB Oren Burks, TE Jace Sternberger, TE Josiah Deguara, WR Amari Rodgers, G Sean Rhyan, and TE Tucker Kraft.

It is too soon to make a judgment on Kraft, but the remainder of the third round picks have been terrible. Deguara is the only pick at this moment who sees consistent playing time, but the Kraft pick signals his time with the team is coming to a close.

The poor history of Gutekunst’s third round selections, coupled with Douglas’ performance and locker room presence, make this trade frustrating for Packers fans. We won’t know for a while how this trade turns out for the Packers, but at the moment this seems like the Bills committed highway robbery.

Rasul will be sorely missed by the team and by the fans. 
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