Thirteen years later, today's Packers general manager, Ted Thompson, had a similar deal — for future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez — signed, sealed and ... changed.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers offered a third-round draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for the record-setting Gonzalez before Tuesday's trade deadline.
An NFL source confirmed that to Packer Report, and went one step further, saying the Packers had sent trade papers to the Chiefs, only for Kansas City to up the ante to a second-round pick just before the trade deadline. Thus, the 32-year-old Gonzalez — who wanted to come to Green Bay — remains an unhappy camper in Kansas City, where the Chiefs are rebuilding and are in no position to win anytime soon.
Gonzalez told FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer that he was under the impression a third-round pick would have been good enough, but Chiefs President Carl Peterson increased the asking price.
"I'm shocked," Gonzalez told Glazer. "It didn't make sense not to do this deal. It's winding down for me and this team is rebuilding. If they said from the get-go, ‘No, we're not going to trade you,' that would've been better than how this whole thing unfolded. But that's not what happened."
The Chiefs, reportedly, wanted no worse than a second- and fifth-round pick, which is what the New Orleans Saints sent the New York Giants for 28-year-old tight end Jeremy Shockey.
"Nobody is going to trade a second for a 32-year-old tight end," said Gonzalez, the NFL's career leader among tight ends with 841 catches, 10,075 yards and 68 touchdowns.
McCarthy was an assistant in Kansas City from 1993 to 1998 — overlapping Gonzalez's first two seasons.
"Tony Gonzalez, he's an excellent player. I think his continuing career at Kansas City speaks for itself," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday before noting he doesn't talk about personnel decisions.
"I have an opinion in the building," McCarthy added when asked if his experience with Gonzalez gave him more input in team discussions.
The deal would have given the Packers a high-octane offense that could have offset some of their defensive shortcomings. It would have come at a hefty price, but one the team could have swallowed under the salary cap.
The Packers have a few bucks more than $20 million of salary-cap space. Gonzalez's base salary for this season is $1 million. The Packers would have been on the hook for about $647,000 of that. Gonzalez is under contract through 2011 and would have cost the Packers $19.397 million, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at email@example.com