Jason Hirschhorn, formerly of SB Nation and NFL.com, threw out an interesting trade scenario this morning. He said:
“Given the issues with DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle, the Packers should look into the availability of the San Francisco 49ers’ backup QBs. Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard each have starting experience and come from an offense very similar to the one now run in Green Bay.”
Green Bay isn’t the only team that might be on the hunt for a quarterback. The Philadelphia Eagles have lost two quarterbacks to injury already this preseason. At this point, teams would probably prefer quarterbacks with some experience. Mullens and Beathard have game experience and are also still in the prospect stage where there is still a future ahead of them.
One of these futures is not like the other. Mullens feels like a player that you can win a game or two with right now. Down the line, he may be more, but he’s the ideal backup quarterback in this league. Beathard? Eh.
At practice today, Cecil Lamey, who covers the Broncos, Said Denver should check on the availability of Richie James, as he could be slot depth and would solve the teams’ returner problem. He also mentioned how Denver should ask about Josh Garnett, as he would give them better guard depth and be a fine project for offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
If you’re John Lynch, and you know you’re not going to keep James or Garnett, then it would be a no-brainer to receive some compensation in a trade. Even though Garnett was selected in the first round, I’d be surprised if you got back anything higher than a fifth-round pick for him. James would likely be in the same territory.
As for the quarterbacks, if it’s not a third-round pick or higher for Mullens, I’m keeping him. He’s too valuable. I would take a fifth-round pick for Beathard and smile as I’m hanging up the phone.
What do you folks think? There’s always the player-for-player trades as well. Offensive line depth could help, if we find out Mike Person is out for an extended period of time.