The Green Bay Packers
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.
Packers’ GM Brian Gutekunst insists Green Bay is not surrendering its season after trading away former Pro-Bowl safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and RB/WR Ty Montgomery.https://t.co/L0WyEAUzpz— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2018
"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.
Packers traded Ha-Ha Clinton Dix to Washington Redskins, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2018
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.