Packers Morning Buzz: Plenty of options to replace Clinton-Dix
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The Packers (3-3-1), who play at New England at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, shook things up Tuesday by trading safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington and running back Ty Montgomery to Baltimore.
We'll start with Tom Silverstein's analysis of the deadline deals that sent Clinton-Dix and Montgomery packing.
Finally, the Packers had to weigh whether they could fill Clinton-Dix’s spot on the field this season.
The answer is that they have some options.
According to one NFC scout, their best choice might be to move veteran Bashaud Breeland to safety and have him work his way in with Jermaine Whitehead. Breeland is 6-foot, 194 pounds and not afraid of contact. He also has enough experience to understand Pettine’s system right away.
Another option would be move Tramon Williams inside. He played in a hybrid spot against the Los Angeles Rams and would be free to do that as long as rookie Jaire Alexander and second-year pro Kevin King play cornerback the way they did Sunday.
Finally, they could just move Whitehead there. He played extensively against the Rams, although his primary duties have been down in the box as a slot corner and inside linebacker.
You can read Tom's entire column here:
The trade frenzy began Tuesday with news that Montgomery, who had said a day earlier he didn't know whether he could trust his teammates, had been traded to the Ravens:
Then, just before the 3 p.m. CT deadline, came word that Clinton-Dix had been dealt to Washington:
Ryan Wood calls the two trades "addition by subtraction":
Washington rolls out the red (OK, burgundy) carpet for Clinton-Dix:
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network gives his take on the Packers' moves:
Where do the Packers belong on these lists?
Former Packers tight end Martellus Bennett got Green Bay fans all worked up on Twitter:
The national drum beat begins for Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady:
Could Mike McCarthy soon join all the former Packers executives in Cleveland?
Jaire Alexander got top marks from Pro Football Focus for his performance Sunday:
Kurt Warner was impressed by the Packers' defense against the Rams:
How far did the Packers fall in The MMQB's power rankings:
Offensive lineman Bob Skoronski, one of only nine players to play on all nine of Vince Lombardi's Green Bay teams, has died at age 84:
The Rams' pass rush is looking pretty potent:
The Patriots tuned up for the Packers by easing past the Bills:
Receiver Golden Tate seemed pleased about being traded from Detroit to Philadelphia:
And finally, yes, the Packers general manager will meet with the media Wednesday to field questions about Tuesday's moves: