By John Sigler
The NFC Arms Race has been the story of the summer, with the NFL’s best conference seeing its strongest teams load up on talent for the brawl ahead. It’s what drove the Minnesota Vikings to offer a fully-guaranteed contract to quarterback Kirk Cousins. It’s why the Los Angeles Rams targeted cornerback Marcus Peters, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. It’s the reason the New Orleans Saints traded two first round picks to the Green Bay Packers for defensive end Marcus Davenport.
That last bold move by New Orleans may come to haunt it. Per Oddshark.com, the Packers are narrow favorites to feature Oakland Raiders superstar Khalil Mack by October’s trade deadline. It’s a contract year for Mack, who the Jon Gruden-led Raiders have struggled to even communicate with. Mack is in the conversation with Donald, Cameron Jordan, Von Miller, and a healthy J.J. Watt for the best-defensive-football-player-alive crown.
And since the Saints gave up their first 2019 draft pick to Green Bay, the Packers now have two selections in 2019’s first round (plus a third first round pick in 2020). That’s rare draft capital to offer in a trade, especially to a team that’s focused on rebuilding under new leadership like...