Trade or not, Packers to make biggest midseason additions of any Super Bowl contender
Some major names could change cities before Tuesday's trade deadline, but none have the potential to impact their new teams as much as the star players set to return to the Packers later this season.
Already "all in" on the 2021 season, the Los Angeles Rams made another win-now move. With more than 24 hours remaining before Tuesday's trade deadline, the Rams sent their 2022 second- and third-round picks — their only top-100 selections in that draft left over from January's blockbuster acquisition of quarterback Matthew Stafford — to the Denver Broncos to acquire All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller.
The Miller news surfaced at a time when much of the league has its eyes focused on the Houston Texans, who seem on the precipice of formally parting ways with scandal-ridden quarterback Deshaun Watson. Despite facing 22 civil suits for sexual misconduct and sexual assault, Watson has reportedly garnered interest from the Miami Dolphins and other organizations in need of a franchise signal-caller.
Meanwhile, those same Dolphins could look to move Xavien Howard, a 2020 All-Pro cornerback who engaged in an offseason standoff with the team over his contract. With Miami entering Week 9 buried by a 1-7 record and Howard capable of fetching a considerable price on the trade market, he could land with a contender in need of secondary help.
But regardless of which players and teams make waves prior to Tuesday's deadline, the most meaningful midseason additions won't happen via trade. Rather, the Green Bay Packers will make the biggest roster improvements of any Super Bowl contender simply by welcoming back their injured superstars in the coming days and weeks.