Packers XLV

Free Agents: Back with Pack or Sent Packin'?

Posted February 14th, 2011 @ 03:02pm

A wise person once said, 'Timing is everything.' It applies to all walks of life and for this year's crop of free agents it takes on extra meaning. With a very unpredictable labor situation hanging over their heads, this year's free agents will most likely be caught in no-man's land--forced to wait until a new labor agreement is reached. If it takes as long as some predict, there might be a mad rush sometime in August or September. A tough position for these guys to face.

The Packers' free agents who hope to stay face an additional hurdle: with 15 players on IR, the team turned to a bunch of players, many of whom earned roster spots, if not starting  jobs (Walden, Zombo, Bishop, Bulaga, Peprah, Shields). The team has an inordinate number of players that are either under contract, or showed they belong.

Ted Thompson will have to weigh what the free agents might be worth on the open market, vs. their value to the team. Here's how I would rank the free agents I'd like to see back and my prediction on whether they'll wear Green & Gold in 2011.

1. Mason Crosby: OK, I'm not in love with the guy. But when you see good teams like the Steelers, Jets, Saints and Patriots, among others, either lose kickers to injury or decide to make changes in season, you see that it can cost you everything. Crosby can be maddening, but he's an above average kicker who can handle the climate and has a big leg. Pack may have to overpay a bit, but a Super Bowl champion that is in close games week after week does not need this position to be one in flux. Prediction: Back with Pack

2. Cullen Jenkins: A classic 4-3 end who made the conversion and was the Pack's second best pass rusher this season, despite a scheme that makes it tough for ends to stand out and the annual injury that cost him 3-4 games. The latter is what the Packer braintrust will have to consider, when another team comes calling with a mega-contract. And you can bet someone will. At 30, Jenkins has 4-5 years left and when he's healthy he's a difference-maker. The positive early returns on Michael Neal indicate that he could compete for a starting job. The work of youngsters like Wilson and Wynn showed that these guys have futures. The wildcard is Johnny Jolly, who if re-instated and is brought back by the Packers will add another talented, hungry player to the mix. Prediction: Sent Packin'

3. John Kuhn: Becoming a fan favorite does not guarantee you a spot, but this guy got more valuable as the season went on and proved to be a tough runner in short yardage and a good blocker as well. The success of the three-fullback package, along with his key third down conversions in big moments, has earned him a contract. Prediction: Back with Pack.

4. Darren Colledge: You sit down to a nice dinner. A steak, baked potatoes, grilled asparagus and a salad. Now think of that meal as your offensive line. Colledge is the salad. Never misses a start, but does nothing spectacularly. He probably had his best year with the Pack, and when he got a little nicked up, Jason Spitz came in and was a disaster in Detroit, nearly getting Rodgers killed. In Lang, McDonald and Newhouse the Packers have a few young guys who could get a shot at the spot. They could also find a top, young guard at the bottom of the draft. Colledge's durability and Super Bowl resume gets him noticed and signed for more than he deserves. Prediction: Sent Packin'

5. Charlie Peprah: This guy was a godsend as safeties started dropping like flies: Burnett, Smith, Bigby. Peprah stepped into a tough spot and held his own. Did he miss some plays? Sure, but when you have three Pro Bowlers in the secondary there's bound to be a weak link somewhere. He was solid and is an ideal third safety, which is where the Packers want him, behind Collins and Burnett. Prediction: Back with Pack

6. James Jones: The wildcard among all the free agents. Fantastic in the Falcons playoff game, but lousy in the Eagles game and Super Bowl. A feast or famine guy who looks like he should be great, but has lapses in concentration, causing drops at the worst possible times. The Packers love their four and five man receiver sets, and with Driver slowing down they could use Jones back. But the guess here is that an offer comes along that the Packers refuse to match or beat and Jones moves on. Look for the Pack to add a cheaper, veteran receiver via free agency if Jones leaves. Prediction: Sent Packin'

7. Brandon Jackson, Atari Bigby, Jason Spitz, Matt Wilhelm, Korey Hall, Anthony Smith: It wouldn't shock me if none of these guys is back. Of all of them, I give Hall the best shot. He missed some games this year, but is a very good special teams player and is useful in the three fullback package. He should be cheap. The others are all inter-changeable parts. Jackson proved he is not an every down running back, and with Grant and Starks the Pack can draft or find a third down guy. Spitz, Bigby and Smith will all move on and Wilhelm should be dumped if for no other reason than the penalty on the kickoff in the final minute in Atlanta. Prediction: Hall-Back with Pack. All the others: Sent Packin'

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on August 1st, 2012 at 03:15pm

Perhaps Jackson didnít want to battle Ryan Grant, James Starks and Alex Green for payilng time and felt he would have a bigger role in Cleveland. I canít see him overtaking Peyton Hillis anytime soon, but Clevelandís backfield is a little less crowded than Green Bayís. lol, Adam, I just made a post in response to someone questioning why the packers didn't match the Brown's offer over at CHTV and stated pretty much the exact same scenario.

on August 1st, 2012 at 03:49am

Maybe because he was ovynlpaeirg his injury to try to cover for his inexcusable play. He's done it before.Should anyone be surprised Spitz came in after 4 months on the bench and didn't fair well against guys who have been playing? There is such a thing as game conditioned, you don't get there with the scout team.

on August 1st, 2012 at 05:56am

Hope Brandon has a good carreer with the Browns. He was just the odd man out.Spitz is anotehr 6 year non-performer gone. Let the young guys start to perform. We'll see just how good TT's selections have been. I'm anxious to see the pre-season and finally get to see them on the field.

on August 1st, 2012 at 06:13pm

If there was ever a player that could have made major bank in Free Agency it was Brandon Jackson. It was him and him alone at the RB posioitn when Grant went down. If he has just a COUPLE good games where he shows he can tote the rock .and has a 1000 yards ..he is going to be looking at big money. BUT, instead he showed that he lacked burst and was no more than a 3rd down back. Not many backups get that type of an opportunity in their contract year. ALSO, HE WENT AGAINST 5-6 GUYS IN THE BOX MOST OF THE TIME BECAUSE OF OUR PASSING GAME.

on August 1st, 2012 at 12:18am

Yeah, we talked about most of this on the Bishop therad.Jenkins is just too injury prone. It doesn't matter how good you are if you are always on the sideline. Some team will hope Jenkins finds the fountain of good health and throw a ton of money at him. The Packers are prepared for his departure. We have a dominant NT in Raji, who can also rush the passer. We have Pickett locked up, and we have younger and cheaper options in Neal, Wynn and Wilson, all of which have shown flashes. We also have Green and some rights to Jolly, who we can use a tag on if he becomes a free agent. The Packers have too much young talent at that position to spend a ton of money on a guy who is an IR case. I am not a huge Crosby guy, but you better have someone in mind before you just let him go.Charlie Peprah needs to come back and shouldn't be an expensive option. John Kuhn absolutely has to come back. Considering the guy isn't a lights out blocker, I don't see anyone offering a big contract. He is more valuable to us than he is to anyone else.Same goes for James Jones. He is in the perfect situation here. The guy has made big plays for us ever since he was a rookie. Not only is he more valuable to us than to anyone else, but he is also a guy like Crosby that if you decide he has been too inconsistent and isn't worth the money, then you better have someone in mind (draft someone) to take his place. Brett Swain is NOT a #2 WR.

on August 3rd, 2012 at 01:41am

James Jones is a good #2 yes, he drops a few but they ALL do that. James is our physically ipnosimg WR and he can provide a lot of route options in this offense. He is a better route runner than Nelson, anyday. Did anyone catch Jordy's 3rd down catch from this past weekend where he simply chose to go outof bounds before reaching the first down marker (even though the blocking was there to push for the extra yardage)? I'm not a James Jones lover, but I think he's pretty damn good option. Jenkins deserves to remain here, but the #'s may not work out between what he and his agent are looking for and what the Pack are willing to spend for his services. Also, it was mentioned that Jolly could be back next year and that Neal could be a very viable option as well either of those guys don't hold a candle to a healthy Jenkins, but as we've seen under Don's system, people can just be plugged into the scheme and have success. The real issue is KEEPING DOM CAPERS!!! Career advancement is a realistic possibility, especially when you consider all of the head coaching vacancies.

on August 3rd, 2012 at 02:09am

On another note .I want TT to help me pick out my next wife. He can help me stay dinciplised in my approach, overcome the temptation and avoid the really expensive ones that don't pan out they put out really well for a couple of years and then once they get that big contract, they turn into absolute humps and you wonder what the fuck it was that you saw in them in the first place that made you chase them.I think his draft and develop approach will be spot on in this pursuit you find hidden talent everyone else overlooked, they're happy just to get a chance to be there and you get the opportunity to coach em up!

on August 3rd, 2012 at 04:13am

Charlie Peprah is someone we need to reigsn and drop Bigby, Peprah supplies crucial depth at a crucial position and I don't think he would be that expensive. I agree that Jenkins will only be back if it is Packer friendly and that's too bad but we did draft for that eventuality. Jones would be nice to keep but his inconsistency will far outweigh what I believe he thinks he's worth.Kuhn is quickly becoming a Packer fan favorite and I think he appreciates where he is in his career, I think (hope) he will be back with a Packer friendly deal.Moral of the story seems to be . . . if it's Packer friendly they will be back.

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on December 18th, 2011 at 01:56am

Davey, Nice breakdown. I think that you are just about right on. Korey Halls value on ST is most likely why he'll be back. Regarding 3rd down, Bjax was great as a blocker, but I think between Starks and Kuhn, they can pick up most of that as well as be just as good in the receiving game.-- It saddens me to think that Jenkins won't be back but I agree that he will get overpaid by someone else in a 4-3 (like the Viqueens or Detroit). If we can hold on to Jolly, if he's not in jail, I think we will be in good shape. Neal looked good in his limited time. Harrell will get let go. Green and the youngsters should fill in admirably. TT likes to find D-linemen in the draft and I expect in this deep D-line year that it will be the case again. -- LB is another area that needs some clarification. I think that Barnett and Poppinga are gone. Whether traded or cut outright. Zombo and Walden played well enough to earn spots to compete with Jones (whom I think will get beat out and cut) --On the O-line, I think spending that first round pick on an OT is expected. It seems that there are 3 good prospects, that all fall into that 18-30 range. Carimi would be too good to be true. -- Who would've thought at the beginning of the year that we would actually state that "someone will overpay for Daryn Colledge"! Sounds like a nomination for Common's Preposterous statement tournament. Anyway, please send Colledge packing, along with Spitz (his back is toast). Drafting a LG (Moffit for instance, who is a mauler and would benefit our running game) would be beneficial as we don't have numerous other needs on the team. --- James Jones is a tough one. He didn't do himself any favors by dropping 2 sure td's in the playoffs. I think dumping him makes sense and going with Jennings, Driver and Nelson next year will be fine. Finley will line up wide numerous times each game and will again be a focal point to the offense. Adding some younger WR's in the later rounds of the draft will be good for both development and to find a KR/PR. It feels pretty good to give the customary, yet Championship edition: GO PACK!

on February 14th, 2011 at 04:50pm

So, TT has earned the right to do whatever he wants but I would be happy with something along these lines: Rnd 1 - LT (finding cliftons replacement/carimi if available), rnd 2 - WR/KR (drivers replacement and filling KR need), rnd 3 - OG (replace colledge), rnd 4/5/6/7 best available but CB/DL/LB/WR

on February 14th, 2011 at 04:56pm

another great article Davey..... I also heard Jolly was reinstated a few days ago by the NFL... an he will be gone unless we have a ton of injuries

on February 14th, 2011 at 09:21pm

Unfortunately, James Jones just drops too many sure touchdowns which keeps the other team in the game a lot more than they need to be. He should probably go. If Brandon Jackson leaves, James Starks will need to improve his blitz pickup and pass blocking. I'd love to see them upgrade Colledge's spot. He's the weakest link on the O-line.

on February 15th, 2011 at 11:51pm

hey guys, I think all of u are under estimating colledge, he is there every game, he has gotten better every year. i watch him alot when nfl network replays games. if we lose him, lang will go there. i want him to play tackle some day. it would be nice to keep the same guys there for 2 more years and make 2 more runs with the same line. ask any lineman and they say having same guy next to u is key to running the ball and confidence. I also, hope we keep jackson, he does alot of things unnoticed. screens, blitz pick-ups and doesn't fumble, he can't demand that much out there in salary, good guy too. we do need return man in 3rd round with wr skills. Remember boys, driver is getting old fast, i would love to keep jones, i think the drops will stop when he plays every down and gets more confidence.. great year, i called 21-14 nfc championship game, and said 31-27 super bowl, I know my packers, see ya guys

on February 16th, 2011 at 12:07pm

The hard part this year is that when you've reached the top of the mountain, you worry about upsetting the balance. Larry, I think that is what's going through your mind. The decisions this year are very tough. I understand your point on BJax. I waffle sometimes thinking that we should keep him and trade Ryan Grant (save cap room and get a draft pick). He is great on blitz pickup. -- As for James Jones, he plays enough downs that the drops should not be happening. You can't blame that on his lack of playing time. We line up in 3 WO sets frequently. I'm ok keeping him but for the right price. We cannot afford to overpay for him. -- Colledge, whether he shows up every play or not is the weak link of the line. He is less of a matador than last year but still stinks in the run-game. He is too weak to move anyone. You need your guards to maul LB's, not get blown up by them. Continuity on the line is great but he is simply not powerful enough and if they can find someone through the draft, I am all for it. It sounds like he thinks he should get paid, that will end it for him in GB. GoPack!

on February 17th, 2011 at 06:05am

Hawk didn't make your list or the defensive player of the week once, yet for the second year in a row he led the Pack in tackles - Yes we pay him, yes we keep him. 50 Rules The Middle!

on February 17th, 2011 at 09:19pm

Hey M, AJ didn't make the list because he's not a free agent. He's signed for $10M in 2011 and unless he agrees to a more logical deal, he might be on his way out.

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on March 12th, 2012 at 05:12am

Davey,Nice breakdown. I think that you are just about right on. Korey Halls value on ST is most likley why he'll be back. Regarding 3rd down, Bjax was great as a blocker, but I think between Starks and Kuhn, they can pick up most of that as well as be just as good in the receiving game. It saddens me to think that Jenkins won't be back but I agree that he will get overpaid by someone else in a 4-3 (like the Viqueens or Detroit). If we can hold on to Jolly, if he's not in jail, I think we will be in good shape. Neal looked good in his limited time. Harrell will get let go. Green and the youngsters should fill in admirably. TT likes to find D-linemen in the draft and I expect in this deep D-line year that it will be the case again. LB is another area that needs some clarification. I think that Barnett and Poppinga are gone. Whether traded or cut outright. Zombo and Walden played well enough to earn spots to compete with Jones (whom I think will get beat out and cut) On the O-line, I think spending that first round pick on an OT is expected. It seems that there are 3 good prospects, that all fall into that 18-30 range. Carimi would be too good to be true. Who would've thought at the beginning of the year that we would actually state that someone will overpay for Daryn Colledge ! Sounds like a nomination for Common's Preposterous statement tournament. Anyway, please send Colledge packing, along with Spitz (his back is toast). Drafting a LG (Moffit for instance, who is a mauler and would benefit our running game) would be beneficial as we don't have numerous other needs on the team. James Jones is a tough one. He didn't do himself any favors by dropping 2 sure td's in the playoffs. I think dumping him makes sense and going with Jennings, Driver and Nelson next year will be fine. Finley will line up wide numerous times each game and will again be a focal point to the offense. Adding some younger WR's in the later rounds of the draft will be good for both development and to find a KR/PR. It feels pretty good to give the customary, yet Championship edition: GO PACK!

on May 18th, 2012 at 03:52pm

The hard part this year is that when you've reached the top of the mntouain, you worry about upsetting the balance. Larry, I think that is what's going through your mind. The decisions this year are very tough. I understand your point on BJax. I waffle sometimes thinking that we should keep him and trade Ryan Grant (save cap room and get a draft pick). He is great on blitz pickup. As for James Jones, he plays enough downs that the drops should not be happening. You can't blame that on his lack of playing time. We line up in 3 WO sets frequently. I'm ok keeping him but for the right price. We cannot afford to overpay for him. Colledge, whether he shows up every play or not is the weak link of the line. He is less of a matador than last year but still stinks in the run-game. He is too weak to move anyone. You need your guards to maul LB's, not get blown up by them. Continuity on the line is great but he is simply not powerful enough and if they can find someone through the draft, I am all for it. It sounds like he thinks he should get paid, that will end it for him in GB. GoPack!

on May 18th, 2012 at 05:59pm

This is a joke TT and staff need to put the hammer down and get real sttrreas for these positions, especially at LG we got a little lucky and very hot at the end of last year, but you can't rely on that happening year in and year out if you want to return to the SB! Ron Wolf would've been able to bring in a key free agent or two to make us dominant and win the division with ease. I'm still unsure about this whole draft and develop idea (cheap route) over getting quality sttrreas (Woodson, Pickett) to help with another run. Lest we forget, we did not win the division and snuck in with the hottest QB as a 6th seed. We need to position ourselves for home field throughout to do that, it takes signing the right/key FA to solidify weaknesses. Or maybe I'm wrong

on May 20th, 2012 at 03:38am

Unfortunately, James Jones just drops too many sure touchdowns which keeps the other team in the game a lot more than they need to be. He shuold probably go. If Brandon Jackson leaves, James Starks will need to improve his blitz pickup and pass blocking. I'd love to see them upgrade Colledge's spot. He's the weakest link on the O-line.

on May 20th, 2012 at 04:55am

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