warrior2spartan
I know there is still a lot of season left to be played but does anyone know who are free agents come this offseason? I know the Packers don't do a lot in free agency but maybe they should consider it after the way the season has gone. Any potential targets out there the Packers could/would/should take a look at?
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mrmike527
Typically there are a lot of names around this time, and then teams use their tags and re-sign guys in a way that they're all off the market by March. This year though, it seems like there are a lot of names that could stick around--I'm just looking at a list and giving a little speculation. Cutler and Vick will both have their contracts up and might be let go by their teams. You'd have to think the Jags let Jones-Drew go, McFadden is definitely out of Oakland, Ben Tate out of Houston--Tate will probably get the biggest of a bunch of small deals for RBs. Eric Decker's deal is up (have to think the Broncos won't overpay to bring him back), Hakeem Nicks has fallen out of favor in New York, and I feel like Philly is likely to not re-sign Maclin, though that's the prediction I'm least confident in. There are 3-4 great tackles scheduled to be available, but my guess is they're all brought back.

On D Jared Allen and Brian Robison are in expiring deals, and I would say Allen is guaranteed to be let walk, and the other name at DE that might be let go is Justin Tuck. Tillman and Jennings are both in expiring contracts for the Bears, so at least one is probably gone, and Aqib Talib has played well enough for the Patriots that he might be too expensive. Jarius Byrd is the name that a lot of Packer fans are going to want, and there's virtually no chance. Ryan Clark is also set to be available, and he might fit a little bit more into what Thompson might take a risk on--low price, not very hyped, but a productive player who can bring some veteran savvy to the unit.

The Packers themselves have a bunch of key players up. James Jones should be gone if he's getting offered >$3 mil a year. BJ Raji and Ryan Pickett are both up, supposedly Thompson offered Raji $8 mil a year to come back and Raji turned it down. Absolutely no chance he should be brought back for more than that, and Pickett might be an attractive re-signing as he'll be cheap. Finley is obviously gone, I would guess that Newhouse, MD Jennings, and Starks will probably walk as well, with Jolly given a nice short-term deal to come back. Who knows what they'll do with Mike Neal--maybe put him back on the DL if Raji and Jolly leave.

The interesting ones are Dietrich-Smith and Shields. You'd think they want to bring back Dietrich-Smith, but it seems odd that they haven't already extended him. Might indicate willingness to let him go--even though I assume he'll be cheap. It just doesn't really fit Thompson's typical strategy to wait to extend a player in Dietrich-Smith's position, so I'm a little suspicious that they possibly don't like him. Shields is a big decision and is probably going to have a reasonably big deal available on the market. I personally prefer Tramon to Shields. Let Hayward and Hyde develop and, if they want to spend, bring in a Safety.
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coachw12
mrmike527 wrote:
Typically there are a lot of names around this time, and then teams use their tags and re-sign guys in a way that they're all off the market by March. This year though, it seems like there are a lot of names that could stick around--I'm just looking at a list and giving a little speculation. Cutler and Vick will both have their contracts up and might be let go by their teams. You'd have to think the Jags let Jones-Drew go, McFadden is definitely out of Oakland, Ben Tate out of Houston--Tate will probably get the biggest of a bunch of small deals for RBs. Eric Decker's deal is up (have to think the Broncos won't overpay to bring him back), Hakeem Nicks has fallen out of favor in New York, and I feel like Philly is likely to not re-sign Maclin, though that's the prediction I'm least confident in. There are 3-4 great tackles scheduled to be available, but my guess is they're all brought back.

On D Jared Allen and Brian Robison are in expiring deals, and I would say Allen is guaranteed to be let walk, and the other name at DE that might be let go is Justin Tuck. Tillman and Jennings are both in expiring contracts for the Bears, so at least one is probably gone, and Aqib Talib has played well enough for the Patriots that he might be too expensive. Jarius Byrd is the name that a lot of Packer fans are going to want, and there's virtually no chance. Ryan Clark is also set to be available, and he might fit a little bit more into what Thompson might take a risk on--low price, not very hyped, but a productive player who can bring some veteran savvy to the unit.

The Packers themselves have a bunch of key players up. James Jones should be gone if he's getting offered >$3 mil a year. BJ Raji and Ryan Pickett are both up, supposedly Thompson offered Raji $8 mil a year to come back and Raji turned it down. Absolutely no chance he should be brought back for more than that, and Pickett might be an attractive re-signing as he'll be cheap. Finley is obviously gone, I would guess that Newhouse, MD Jennings, and Starks will probably walk as well, with Jolly given a nice short-term deal to come back. Who knows what they'll do with Mike Neal--maybe put him back on the DL if Raji and Jolly leave.

The interesting ones are Dietrich-Smith and Shields. You'd think they want to bring back Dietrich-Smith, but it seems odd that they haven't already extended him. Might indicate willingness to let him go--even though I assume he'll be cheap. It just doesn't really fit Thompson's typical strategy to wait to extend a player in Dietrich-Smith's position, so I'm a little suspicious that they possibly don't like him. Shields is a big decision and is probably going to have a reasonably big deal available on the market. I personally prefer Tramon to Shields. Let Hayward and Hyde develop and, if they want to spend, bring in a Safety.



I think Lang will move to center. Our current LT will move to guard and BB will start at LT next season.
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warrior2spartan
It would be nice if the Packers went after one of the CB's and one of the safety's you mentioned. Tillman or Jennings would be an upgrade at CB. I really like Sam Shields though. With the way the secondary has performed this year, as many good players the Packers can get in the back end is a plus. Jarius Byrd is a damn good player and playmaker for the Bills and hopefully would attract some attention from Mr. Ted Thompson. Ryan Clark would be nice from a leadership stand point but he is past his prime.

I think the Packers have to keep James Jones. With the uncertainty at TE with Finley leaving, Rodgers is going to need as many guys he has chemistry with as possible. JJ is only a season removed from leading the NFL in TD catches. Hard working, humble player that needs to stay in green and gold. EDS has been a nice and improving player for the Packers. Need to keep him to have OL continuity. Agree on Pickett if he's cheap, keep him around. Raji is out of his mind if he thinks he is worth 8 mil a year. Hasn't played well since winning the SB. Johnny Jolly IMO has earned himself another contract with the Packers. He has played well and consistently good for a struggling defense. Newhouse, bye bye! MD Jennings is still young and can develop into a productive player. Keep Mike Neal, been a good compliment to Clay in pass rush. James Starks' time is probably up in Green Bay. He has been a nice compliment to Lacy in run game but has battled too many injuries to stick around.
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