"GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers, concerned about the status of running back Eddie Lacy for their Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears, have acquired Kansas City running back Knile Davis, the player’s agent confirmed Tuesday morning. The Packers will send a late-round draft pick to the Chiefs, a league source told PackersNews. The pick reportedly will be conditional based on Davis' performance with the Packers. Davis becomes the first player acquired by the Packers in a trade since safety Anthony Smith was obtained from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 18, 2010, for a conditional seventh-round draft pick." Packers News
The first trade the Packers have made since 2010 and this trade is a good one. First off, the Packers only give up a conditional late-round pick, a pick which they'll likely more or less get back in the usual awarding of compensatory draft picks for lost free agents that the Packers always benefit from as they let veterans go during the offseason. That strategy of letting veteran players walk for more draft picks doesn't always play out well for the Packers (COUGH COUGH JOHN KUHN WHY WOULD WE EVER LET THE ONE GUY WHO IS THE ROCK OF THE OFFENSE GO COUGH COUGH), but it's noteworthy that the Pack had to give up next to nothing to get Davis. Besides that, Davis steps in to fill the tailback position for both an injured Lacy and an injured Starks, meaning Ty Montgomery--who apparently from watching the Cowboys game is the only player on offense able to do anything at all--doesn't have to stick around in the backfield, something the Bears for sure were preparing for for Thursday night's game (assuming the Bears even do prepare for games at this point). Finally, Davis comes from backing up some great running backs in Kansas City, most notably Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware, so in addition to his being only 25 years old and pretty physically talented, he has a ton of upside outside of the bargain bin price we got him for.
Most notably, though, Knile Davis can boost Green Bay's offense and the entire state of Wisconsin with his having been in the last pre-Bret Bielema class at Arkansas.
Wisconsin people remember this gem of a coach:
The pig who fled the Badgers to be a Razorback. He of course did not say very nice things about Wisconsin despite benefiting from having coached recruiting classes almost entirely credible to Barry Alvarez, but that's all water under the bridge now, because Bret Bielema has his own TV show on ESPNU so he totally wasn't just using Wisconsin and now Arkansas for higher opportunities. Also, Bret has a real powerhouse program down in Arkansas--currently 5-2 and ranked 17th, and don't worry they won't totally screw up the rest of the season in the SEC like always--with an astounding .487 winning percentage. .487 is so close to .500 and that means Bret should enjoy a long, fruitful career similar to that of Jeff Fisher or Dusty Baker.
Knile Davis did not play for Bret Bielema. Bret came to Arkansas right after Davis declared for the draft in 2012, but Bret did still reach out and say that "'he would love to have [Knile] back,'" an interaction and quote that really aren't that big of a deal but Bret is such a big deal that why not point it out and connect some dots? Here are those dots:
- The Green Bay Packers offense currently sucks
- The Green Bay Packers just traded for Knile Davis
- Knile Davis played college football at Arkansas
- Bret Bielema currently coaches at Arkansas
- The people of Wisconsin do not like Bret Bielema
- Bret Bielema does not like the people of Wisconsin
- Knile Davis should be able to step in and help the Packers offense
- Any success Knile Davis has is in no way credible or traceable to Bret Bielema
The good news is that Knile Davis brings a lot of promise to Green Bay and should be able to do a lot for the struggling and injured Packers offense. The better news is that if Knile Davis is good, it has nothing to do with Bret Bielema, which will make the people of Wisconsin even happier.