It happens every Summer when Training Camp rolls around in Green Bay, at least under the TED THOMPSON’S regime. Some familiar veteran names show up as ‘cuts’ from the PACKERS roster as the team gets under way preparing for the upcoming season both financially & athletically. It may be less frustrating to deal with this year than most because the team has the Lombardi Trophy on display within the bowels of Lambeau. But once again a rather long list of vet players will no longer wear the Green-and-Gold.
Let me remind you who is MIA as the team prepares for its first Pre-Season game.
NICK BARNETT/ILB BILLS Too much $ already being paid to HAWK/BISHOP inside.
ATARI BIGBY/S Once he got his big contract he’s been fighting HARRELL for hot tub time too often.
BRANDON CHILLAR/LB Was coming back to team until he hurt his leg (again) in offseason.
DARYN COLLEDGE/LG CARDINALS Never completely satisfied coaches with inconsistent play. Too expensive.
KOREY HALL/FB/ST SAINTS Pure Special Teamers get too expensive after a few years.
JUSTIN HARRELL/DE The king of the training room was never available.
BRANDON JACKSON/RB BROWNS Solid 3rd Down RB, but wanted, and got, more $ than that role is worth.
CULLEN JENKINS/DE EAGLES Great attitude, average athlete who greatly benefitted under CAPERS schemes.
DERRICK MARTIN/S Marginal player who helped during injury rash last year… no upside.
BRADY POPPINGA/LB RAMS Too old, too expensive for ST and back-up OLB with no speed.
JASON SPITZ/OG JAGUARS Looked like the real deal until back injury made him a risky investment.
MARK TAUSCHER/RT Could still play, if he wanted, but BULAGA & SHERROD are in town.
ANTHONY SMITH/S TITANS See Derrick Martin
I also believe JAMES JONES would have been on the list without a verbal shout-out from AARON RODGERS to bring back one of his favorite targets.
For those of you mathematically challenged, that’s a baker’s dozen vets no longer around to do their thing in a PACKERS uniform. It’s not as though they were all chopped liver. Even though most will not all start in their new NFL homes it is clear that other teams perceived value in most of the PACKERS cast-offs.