With the championship window in ​Green Bay still open, GM Brian Gutekunst officially smells blood in the trade waters.

There's no question that Aaron Rodgers will continue to perform at an elite level with the Packers, as the duo of Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham will provide plenty of help for the Pro Bowl quarterback. However, Mike McCarthy's roster still has holes to fill on defense, especially after losing Jake Ryan early in training camp. 

Even though Gutekunst is fairly new on the job, he's not afraid to spend for premier players in the NFL. More specifically, the Packers' front office could find themselves in the hunt for ​Khalil Mack. 

​​“At the same time, the financial challenges may be difficult, but without players you can’t win," Gutekunst said. "It’s like any significant player, they’re not inexpensive, but you have to have them to win.”

Luckily for the Packers, they acquired an extra first-round pick in their trade with the New Orleans Saints, giving them more than enough assets to make a blockbuster deal this season. 

If Green Bay wants to solidify their group of studs up front, then pursuing Mack makes all the sense in the world. Over the last three seasons, Mack has finished with 36.5 sacks, which could be greatly used on Mike Pettine's defense.


​​Besides, it doesn't sound like he'll be playing in Oakland anytime soon. 

​​After missing the postseason in 2017, the Packers can send a message to Minnesota and the rest of the NFC by trading for Mack. It might cost a hefty price, but clearly Gutekunst is ready to make the sacrifice.