Well, it has now been noted what can get you shipped out of Green Bay. The first is having an angry fit when pulled out of a game, returning a kick out of the endzone with the team down two and 2:05 left on the clock, and fumbling said kick with only one timeout left. The other is being a member of the secondary with an expiring rookie contract.
Let’s start with the first scenario. Wide receiver turned running back, Ty Montgomery, has been traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2020 seventh round pick according to Ian Rapoport. Montgomery was emotional when pulled out the game in Sunday’s loss against the Los Angeles Rams. He was then instructed not to return the kick if it were to go into the endzone in order to salvage the two-minute warning as the Packers only had one timeout left with 2:05 left in the game. Montgomery proceeded to catch the kick and attempt to run it back, losing a fumble in the process. This proved to be the fatal blow for not only the Packers but for Ty Montgomery’s career in Green Bay. Reports surfaced from teammates who were extremely frustrated with Montgomery’s defiance of the directive from the coaching staff and voiced their opinion to the media. One player in an interview with Michael Silver noted, “Then (before the kickoff) they told him to take a knee, and he ran it out anyway. You know what that was? That was him saying, ‘I’m gonna do me.’ It’s a f—— joke.” This also upset fans of the Green Bay Packers to the point of going overboard sending Montgomery and his family death threats over social media. This backlash comes after Montgomery hosted a number of events benefiting children, specifically teens, in the foster care system in Green Bay and other areas of Wisconsin.
(PS. If you were one of those people, you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself. Ty Montgomery’s play on the field in no way, shape, or form cause anyone to feel threatened for their life.)
On to the next scenario. Safety and first-round draft pick, Haha Clinton-Dix, has been dealt to the Washington Redskins for a 2019 fourth round pick according to Adam Schefter. Clinton-Dix predicted he would not be a Packer next season as he viewed this season as the “biggest job interview” of his life. The Packers have a history of letting defensive backs venture off into free agency at the end of their rookie deals. The problem with this is the outcome. Two major losses from this strategy have been Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde, both of which have become All-Pro players. Clinton-Dix was a Pro-Bowler for the Packers in 2014 but has struggled to maintain that performance since.
Both of these trades open up opportunities for other younger players and maneuverability between positions for the Packers. Ty Montgomery’s departure means Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams will more than likely split carries which will make the fans calling for more Aaron Jones happy. With his 86 yards and touchdown on Sunday, Jones has shown he can take the bulk of the carries. Williams only saw four touches in the game but scored a touchdown on one of them as well.
Clinton-Dix’s trade means the Packers have a perceived lack of depth at the safety position. Green Bay now has Jermaine Whitehead and Kentrell Brice most likely pegged as starters with Josh Jones as a backup who has been disappointing for Green Bay. The Packers can go with any of these three options or they can look to their cornerback depth. Tramon Williams could be an option to slide into the safety position like an aging Charles Woodson did for the team in 2012 after Nick Collins’ neck injury ended his career. Williams is not Woodson, but it would open up more of a seamless rotation between rookies Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, Kevin King, and newly acquired Bashaud Breeland with Davon House as a spell option. Out of all the cornerbacks, it would make the most sense for Williams or Breeland to roll back to safety as the two rookies Alexander and Jackson have begun to blossom as coverage guys for the Packer defense. That being said, Alexander and Jackson’s aggressive ball-hawking nature could benefit the secondary in the back end. All in all, the Packers are set at the running back position for now and have a number of creative avenues they could explore in the secondary.