Gutekunst Finds a Suitor for Brett Hundley
Brian Gutekunst is not afraid to wheel and deal. After he dealt for a linebacker this week, he kept the phone buzzing and moved Brett Hundley to Seattle for a sixth-round pick. Now, the podcast this week went back and forth on the three quarterbacks on the team. At one point, I said ‘Packers could deal Brett Hundley, but I have no idea who would take him.’ Hundley did not have the mystery about him like other backup quarterbacks. Teams saw him in the regular season last year. It was not pretty. Still, Gutekunst found a way to deal him to Seattle for a sixth-round draft pick.
Gutekunst is showing himself to be a strong general manager out the door. I realize that some people might need him to trade then sign Khalil Mack for that to be said yet he’s doing some serious work in Year 1. First, he received an additional first round pick for next year’s draft which I’ll remind you now is very defensive heavy. Second, the players he received in Round 1 and 2 are premier cornerbacks, and if preseason was any indication, every team will be mad they didn’t draft Josh Jackson. He’s made some savvy moves along the way with adding a few free agents and now making a deal for an untradeable quarterback.
Hundley is a sad reminder of some of the struggles of Ted Thompson in his latter years. Sure, they got something for Hundley in his final year of his deal, but he never developed into this quarterback that could be moved for a high draft pick a la Matt Schaub or other examples in the past. Green Bay will roll with DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle as their backup quarterbacks for the 2018 season. Green Bay is keeping three quarterbacks, and the Packers will try again to develop a young quarterback like Kizer to give them a chance at serious trade bait.
Good on ya, Gutey.