Posted in 1 - Injuries
,2011 - 2012 Season
by Kris Burke
The hot topic around the water cooler all around Wisconsin (and other businesses that are home to hard working Cheeseheads) has been the fate of Donald Driver. As the most veteran member of the Green Bay Packers as well as one of the most beloved professional athletes in Wisconsin, whether Driver will be back on the team has been “the” discussion so far of the Packers offseason.
There is another decision looming however that arguably would have an even greater effect on the Packers roster: whether or not to bring back RB Ryan Grant who is now an unrestricted free agent.
This isn’t meant to diminish what Driver has meant to the Packers. He’s been a locker room leader for practically forever and his off the field efforts have made Driver a legend in the mind of Packer fans. He deserves every ounce of praise he’s getting.
With the Packers’ roster loaded with talent at the wide receiver position, Driver’s potential departure would not have as much an impact on the field as the loss of someone like Grant would potentially have.
Why would the loss of Grant, who entered the season as practically a backup to James Starks, have such a wide reaching effect on the offense despite its heavy reliability on the pass?
Well, let’s take stock of the other halfbacks on the roster: Read more... (925 words + 1 image, estimated 3:42 mins reading time)
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Posted in 2011 - 2012 Season
by Adam Czech
The Packers should use the franchise tag on TE Jermichael Finley.
I tried writing a post about the Packers loss to the Giants, but the tears in my eyes prevented me from finishing it.
Once I stopped crying, I decided to look ahead and give my two cents on what the Packers should do with their 2012 free agents. These are off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts so I reserve the right to change my mind later.
Please join me in discussing the future, anything to forget about what happened Sunday.
Franchise him. Very few Packers fans like Finley at the moment, but it’s too soon to give up on a 24 year old with his physical skills. A one-year franchise tag allows the Packers to cut ties after 2012 if Finley fades.
Let him walk. It sounds so simple to demand the Packers franchise Flynn and trade him, but it’s not that easy. Do you really want to waste the tag on Flynn and possibly not get what you want in return while Finley (who is only 24 years old!) walks? Ted Thompson will only tag Flynn if he knows he has a Packers-friendly trade lined up.
Resign. I don’t like making a multi-year commitment to a 31 year old, but you can’t always have a rebuilding mindset. Locking up Wells keeps Aaron Rodgers upright and allows Thompson to focus more on defense in the draft. Read more... (398 words + 1 image, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)