While the Buffalo Bills are ecstatic about the acquisition of Rasul Douglas, Green Bay Packers cornerback Keisean Nixon is heartbroken. Nixon tweeted a sad heart emoji on X, formerly known as Twitter, immediately after the deal was revealed on October 31.
Eight hours later, the 2022 first-team All-Pro uploaded an un captioned black-and-white photo of himself and Douglas. During a press conference on Wednesday, November 1, Nixon was brutally honest about the moment he learned of the exchange.
“I don’t really even have no reaction,” Nixon said. “I was really lost for words. I mean, I understand it’s a business, but I’m still sick to my stomach… It’s hard for me, honestly. But at the end of the day, I don’t got no answers. I’m lost.”
Nixon is also sad for the Packers team as a whole. Douglas was “somebody who stabilized the locker room,” he said. Nixon is not the only player reeling from the trade. Per The Athletic, Packers quarterback Julian Love said, “I think everybody in the locker room was pretty surprised. It’s tough. It hurts.”
Locked on Packers host Peter Bukowski posted, “Rasul Douglas is 28, a really good CB right now, the smartest, toughest MFer on the team, and one of the very few veteran leaders you have. His game will age wonderfully. I don’t get wanting to trade THAT guy. Bad for your culture.”
In the exchange, Buffalo sent Green Bay a 2024 third-round pick in exchange for Douglas and a 2024 fifth-round pick. “He’s about as seamless a fit as you could want for that defense,” Bukowski noted. “Bills won the trade easily for that comp.”
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told reporters on Wednesday that he wasn’t actively looking to trade Douglas.
“It was a tough one because of what he means to our team. We weren’t looking to move anybody,” Gutekunst said. “We got a call out of the blue a few days ago. We weren’t really interested in doing it, but at the end of the day the offer was too good to pass up.”
Not only did the trade net Green Bay two picks, but they cleared $6.5 million in cap space.
“Obviously, in the short term, you lose a good player, that’s tough. But at the same time, looking long term, it’s going to be in our best interest. Any time you get a third-round pick that’s going to be in the top 100, probably in the top 50 players you have on your board, that’s something I think was too good to pass up… We’re excited about the opportunities it presents for other guys.”