- Release LT Chad Clifton: The writing is on the wall. Even Chad Clifton knew that it was unlikely that he would ever finish his 3 year and had most of the money guaranteed up front (which was helped by the cap-less season before the lockout). Clifton has had issues staying healthy in the twilight of his career and this year was no different with Clifton being out for the majority of the season. Added to that a $5.5 million salary in 2012, ascending player in Bryan Bulaga, 1st round draft choice Derek Sherrod and up and at least a serviceable backup in Marshall Newhouse and the Packers have set themselves well for life after Clifton.
- Renegotiate Charles Woodson and Donald Driver contracts:
- Charles Woodson: Woodson has undeniably lost a step and his high-risk high-reward style of play backfired a couple times last season. Woodson currently leads the Packers roster with a salary of $11.5 million, some of which was a bonus for a NFL defensive player of the year award in 2009. But what Woodson is still capable of is shutting down the new breed of tight end, like Jermichael Finley. For instance, Woodson is still quick enough and physical enough to handle a Jimmy Graham, and I’m not sure who else on the defense could. Unfortunately Woodson will turn 36 next season and at some point he’s going to have to realize that aging veterans start getting marginalized. Hopefully Woodson doesn’t let his fiery attitude get in the way of business.