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Free Agency Musings on a Frenetic Thursday

Posted July 28th, 2011 @ 02:07pm

The most interesting quote so far in free agency comes from Packer QB Aaron Rodgers, who unloaded this one on Wednesday: ""James is extremely talented and he’s a guy that I think we have to bring back, without a doubt. I mean that with all my heart. He really should be priority number one. We don’t win the Super Bowl without him and we need him."

Nice to hear the loyalty. I mean, Jones has skills. He stepped up big time in the Falcons game, but his moments have always been followed by maddening cases of the dropsies. The drop before halftime in Philadelphia will always be completely inexplicable. You understand what Rodgers is talking about. But you also have to believe a team will overpay for a guy who won a ring and was a major part of a top-flight offense.

But with Finley returning, Nelson emerging and the rookie Randall Cobb intriguing, the Packers should not commit a lot of dollars to Jones. Yes, Driver is starting to show his age, but he also delivered the signature play of the 2010 season (that tackle-breaking TD against the 49ers in the old school uniforms). The only way Jones comes back is if it's at a cap-friendly number--and I don't see that happening.

One report suggests Jones is talking with the Vikings--which makes sense, given the Queens' penchant for acquiring talent from their friendly neighbors to the east.

Another Packer on his way out is left guard Darren Colledge, a dependable, if unspectacular player who will benefit from the camera time last offseason. With Colledge moving on the left guard spot will be a battle to watch. Contenders: T.J. Lang, Nick McDonald, Marshall Newhouse and sleepers Bryan Bulaga (if rookie Derek Sherrod can step in at right tackle, a definite longshot) and Sherrod. They may also find a value replacement in free agency in the next week or two.

Today may also be the day Cullen Jenkins gets paid. The Redskins are circling and appear ready to pounce. (Revised: Redskins deal is dead: the Cowboys and Saints appear to be the current pursuers) We all know, if Jenkins could stay on the field the Packers would have opened the vault. He made a smooth transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 and is a beast in either system. A big loss for the Pack, who hope that Michael Neal, C.J. Wilson or someone else is ready to step in and fill the void.

With the first practice set for Saturday night, no draft picks have been signed. The new CBA eliminates much of the drama here, so expect the team to focus on that in the next 48 hours.

I'll update this blog as the day goes on and news breaks.

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on July 26th, 2012 at 01:00am

I'm looking forward to seeing JJ drop a perfectly placed ball............i mean an average throw from Donovan McNabb. Ha Ha...............If jones goes to the viqueens, he will lament all the throws in the dirt he has coming from McNabb and regret leaving. GoPack!

on July 28th, 2011 at 05:05pm

did i mention that no qb in the nfl short-hops balls to his receivers more often than McNabb? the viqueens in the cellar has a nice ring to it. I can only imagine the ridiculous takes' that PA will rant about in an effort to make this a positive turn of events (although, FICA, I didn't actually listen today).GoPack!

on July 28th, 2011 at 05:08pm

I am wondering how our pass protection will be with out Colledge. Rodgers got sacked pretty hard in the Lions game and had a concussion! We need to protect him!

on July 28th, 2011 at 09:58am

I'm going to be sad when JJ signs with the vikes. I know he drops passes that no NFL wideout should but we could really use him on the team. Driver only has so much left in the tank, putting a lot of pressure on rookies to step up. all the other UFA are replaceable

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