On August 29th, the Green Bay Packers traded backup quarterback Brett Hundley to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2019 sixth-round draft pick.
Brett Hundley was an absolute stud quarterback at UCLA from 2012-2014. As the team’s starting quarterback for those three seasons, he had 105 total touchdowns and over 11,000 yards from scrimmage. Hundley showcased his tremendous arm strength and mobility which helped turn him into a serious threat in the Pac-12 conference.
Hundley’s collegiate success lead to serious interest from NFL teams prior to the 2015 NFL Draft. Hundley was eventually selected in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers as the organization hoped that he could be the potential heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers once he decided to retire.
Hundley was listed as the second-string quarterback on the depth chart for the last few seasons but was never expected to see any serious playing time outside of the preseason. However, that changed when Anthony Barr broke Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone in the middle of the 2017 regular season.
Hundley was immediately thrusted into the starting lineup and was given the difficult task of salvaging the team’s season. To put it bluntly, he failed miserably. Hundley was extremely inaccurate as he completed around 60% of his passes which ranked 23rd out of all starting quarterbacks. He also only threw for nine touchdowns while throwing 12 interceptions. The Packers went 3-6 with Hundley as the starting quarterback which made Green Bay feel like it was time to find a more capable backup.
During the offseason, the Packers acquired quarterback DeShone Kizer from the Cleveland Browns who was expected to compete with Hundley for the second-string quarterback position entering training camp. Both quarterbacks played well during the first three preseason games but apparently Green Bay’s front office felt that Kizer did enough to win the job.
Logically, it made a lot of sense for Green Bay to ship Hundley away since it is unlikely that the organization will carry three quarterbacks on its roster entering the regular season. Rodgers also just signed a four-year extension yesterday so Hundley’s future in Green Bay looked even more bleak.
Seattle needed to improve its quarterback depth following the domestic violence allegations against backup quarterback Trevone Boykin this past March which led to his release shortly thereafter. Now, Hundley will most likely backup ex-Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson this upcoming season.
The Packers are scheduled to play the Seahawks on November 15 in Week 11 of the regular season.