While the Buffalo Bills are excited about signing Rasul Douglas, Green Bay Packers cornerback Keisean Nixon is devastated.
Immediately after the trade was announced on October 31st Nixon posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, a broken heart emoji. Eight hours later, the 2022 first-team All-Pro posted a black-and-white photo of himself and Douglas without a caption.
Nixon was brutally honest about the moment he learned of the deal speaking to reporters on Wednesday, November 1st.
“I have no reaction at all,” Nixon said. “I was really at a loss for words. I mean, I understand it’s a business, but I still have a stomach ache… Honestly, it’s hard for me. But at the end of the day, I have no answers. I am lost.”
Nixon is also sad about the Packers team as a whole. Douglas was “someone who stabilized the locker room,” he said. Nixon isn’t the only player affected by the trade. Per The athletePackers quarterback Julian Love said: “I think everyone in the locker room was pretty surprised. It’s tough. It hurts.”
Fixated on Packers host Peter Bukowski wrote: “Rasul Douglas is 28, a really good CB right now, the smartest, toughest MFer on the team and one of the very few experienced leaders you have. His game will age beautifully. I have no desire to trade THIS guy. Bad for your culture.”
In return, Buffalo sent Green Bay a 2024 third-round pick in exchange for Douglas and a 2024 fifth-round pick. “He fits into this defense as seamlessly as you could hope for,” Bukowski noted. “Bills easily won the trade for this contest.”
Packers GM said Bills offer for Rasul Douglas was ‘too good to pass up’
Brian Gutekunst, Packers general manager told reporters on Wednesday that he was not actively interested in trading Douglas.
“It was a difficult question because he is important to our team. We didn’t want to move anyone,” Gutekunst said. “A few days ago we got a call out of the blue. We weren’t really interested, but at the end of the day the offer was too good to refuse.”
The trade not only secured Green Bay two picks, but also secured $6.5 million in cap space.
“Of course you lose a good player in the short term, that’s hard. But at the same time, it will be in our best interest in the long run. Any time you get a pick in the third round that’s in the top 100, probably in the top 50 players that you have on your board, I think that’s too good to pass up… We are excited about the opportunities this presents for other guys.”
Rasul Douglas attended the Bills practice on Wednesday but did not participate
Douglas showed up for practice on Wednesday but did not participate. The injury report hilariously said, “Just arrived.”
Bills general manager Brandon Beane said during a press conference Earlier in the day, they looked at several cornerbacks before pulling the trigger on Douglas.
While the chances of Douglas suiting up for Buffalo’s Week 9 game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football are slim, Beane is excited to see what the “very instinctive” corner can do for the Bills.
“He really had a unique career,” Beane said. “Philly drafted him I think in the third round and not everything was perfect for him there. Going to Carolina, still wasn’t great. Went to Arizona on the P squad and when he went to Green Bay, the lights went on for him and he started making some big plays.”
Douglass recorded 10 interceptions, 32 pass breakups and 174 tackles since joining the Packers in 2021.
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