Over the weekend, what appears to be a totally unsubstantiated rumor broke that the Green Bay Packers were talking about trading safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Pittsburgh Steelers for receiver Martavis Bryant.
The deal would make some sense. Bryant has twice been suspended, once by the league and once by his own team, although the latter would technically count as a benching. The Packers desperately need some speed at outside receiver. And finally, Clinton-Dix is an overrated bum.
Unfortunately, the Steelers say Bryant isn’t available.
“We have never ever made one phone call about Martavis Bryant for a trade,” Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said. “Martavis Bryant is a Pittsburgh Steeler and we want him to continue to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. A lot of kids don’t make it back from a one-year suspension, but he did. We are not in the trade market for [Bryant].”
That’s a bummer for the Packers, who don’t have the money to spend on a free agent receiver like the Rams’ Sammy Watkins, who would fit the bill.
It’s beginning to look like Green Bay will have to either go with what they have or go with a lower-cost option like Donte Moncrief. Of course, they could always draft said receiver in the first round. While we wouldn’t say that’s the worst idea, the Packers also have sizable needs at cornerback, edge rusher, tight end and guard.
Thanks for leaving the store stocked bags of rotten potatoes and moldy bread, Ted.