Packers acquire an explosive RB from the Chiefs, and what it means for both teams
Green Bay got Knile Davis for depth and the Chiefs will reportedly get a conditional late-round pick
It's not the world's sexiest trade, but it is for a big name at a skill position, meaning it raises plenty of eyebrows.
Let's look at this from each team's side.
Why does this make sense for the Packers?
The Green Bay running situation was a nightmare Sunday. Eddie Lacy was banged up and forced to keep fighting through injury while trying to grind out yards. Instead of a "normal" running game, the Packers were using wide receiver Ty Montgomery out of the backfield and dumping the ball off to him. This isn't unusual in Packers history; Mike McCarthy has used Randall Cobb out of the backfield before and Cobb was reportedly going to be the backup running back Sunday.
But that's not a tenable long-term situation and it requires additional depth while dealing with injuries.
It's unlikely that Davis was expensive -- initial reports peg the Chiefs getting a conditional late-round pick in return.
Davis has impressive breakaway speed and is capable of making an impact in the return game.
There is also a connection between Chiefs GM John Dorsey and Ted Thompson, as Dorsey worked for Thompson before leaving the Packers to join Andy Reid in Kansas City.
Why does this make sense for the Chiefs?
Kansas City wasn't using Davis and hasn't used him for a while. The injury to Jamaal Charles last season led many to believe Davis would step in and produce while Charles was hurt.
Ware has seen most of the carries and now Charles is back. The Chiefs have a bye this week to get him acclimated.
Davis has three targets for two catches and a single rush this season after only 28 rushing attempts last season.
Kansas City is loaded at running back and it's always smart to deal from depth.
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