The ​Green Bay Packers assumed a surprising role this week as the trade deadline came and went: sellers. The Packers had always been conservative with player acquisition during the Ted Thompson era, but a change in general manager to Brian Gutekunst had many fans hoping for a sudden change in philosophy.

The trades of Ty Montgomery (Ravens) and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Redskins) proved otherwise. Gutekunst dealt the two prominent players and in return got a fourth- and seventh-round pick. While many have speculated that the Packers have essentially waved the white flag for the season with those moves, the Green Bay's GM disagrees.

"I think the decisions that we make are always in the best interest of our team, not only in the short term, but the long term, as well," Gutekunst said via ESPN. "But I think our locker room knows where we're headed and, like I said, I think we're humming at the right time and I think there's a lot of positive things going forward."

Alright, Montgomery was understandable. He blew the biggest game of the year for you and his locker room relationships were virtually irreparable. But Gutekunst is going to sit up there and say that they're not throwing in the towel after trading one of their few good defensive players away? Sure.

This is nothing new for those familiar with the Pack, though. Green Bay has often been stingy with retaining even their own talented players for nearly a decade. Many hoped Gutekunst would get with the times.

Many were wrong.