Posted in 2011 - 2012 Season
,2012 - 2013 Season
,2012 NFL Draft
by Zach Kruse
Scott Wells is likely to hit free agency, which opens Tuesday.
Barring any late change of heart or mind, Green Bay Packers center Scott Wells will get to the start of free agency without a new contract from the Packers.
According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wells “appears headed for free agency barring a last-minute deal.” The sides are still far apart on what the value of Wells’ new contract should be.
In my opinion, the two sides are playing a game of chicken, with the Packers going low and Wells going high and waiting to see which side breaks first. My guess is that the Packers are going to have to give in some, but whether it’s enough to sign Wells, I don’t know. Wells remembers that the Packers gave up on him two years ago only to see him beat out Jason Spitz for the starting job and become one of the most valuable players on the offensive line.
It appears that Wells is wanting a contract that puts him on par with the top centers in the NFL, somewhere in the $7-8 million a year range. The Packers are almost certain not to give him that kind of money, especially considering Wells will be 32 at the end of 2012-13 season and is a touch undersized for the position.
Given that wide impasse in yearly negotiations, the Packers are likely to let Wells scour the open market. Once there, it’s possible Wells will find out a harsher truth about his real value and the Packers will be able to negotiate a more cap-friendly deal for the veteran center. Read more... (617 words + 1 image, estimated 2:28 mins reading time)
This is a preview of
Packers: Scott Wells “Appears Headed” to Free Agency
. Read the full post (617 words + 1 image, estimated 2:28 mins reading time)
Posted in 2011 Regular Season
by Zach Kruse
Jim Biever, Packers.com
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called Chad Clifton’s hamstring injury “significant” Monday afternoon, confirming that the 35-year-old tackle will miss several weeks but also that the Packers staff doesn’t exactly have a handle on the severity quite yet because of the swelling and bleeding around the injury.
Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel tweeted this from McCarthy’s press conference:
“McCarthy on Clifton: Suffered a significant hamstring, probably take a couple weeks to get hands around how significant. Will be out weeks”
Clifton hurt the hamstring in the first half of the Packers 25-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He was clearly in pain as he left the field under the assistance of the training staff, and a cart was needed to get him to the locker room.
McCarthy also confirmed that there has been no talk of putting Clifton on IR yet, but that internal discussions between he and GM Ted Thompson had begun on whether or not to bring in another offensive lineman. The Packers played the rest of Sunday night’s game with just Evan Dietrich-Smith as an active backup lineman.
The “next man up” mantra that has defined the Packers for the past two seasons was on full display against the Falcons, as they got solid play from both Marshall Newhouse, who shifted from right tackle to the left after Clifton’s injury, and rookie Derek Sherrod, who played on the right side and recovered nicely from a rocky start. Read more... (382 words + 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
This is a preview of
Packers: Chad Clifton Has “Significant” Hamstring Injury
. Read the full post (382 words + 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
After reporting to camp with a hamstring injury, Brandon Chillar has reportedly been released by the Packers.
According to a tweet by Tom Silverstein of the Milwauke Journal-Sentinel, the Green Bay Packers have released inside linebacker Brandon Chillar. This report comes merely a day after news that he suffered a “serious hamstring injury” in the offseason. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com also reported yesterday that the Packers intended to release Chillar but wasn’t given the news when Brady Poppinga and Justin Harrell were informed of their fate.
At the end of 2009, Chillar signed a four-year contract extension worth $19 million. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury at the end of November last season.
The release of Chillar clears $1.8 million in salary cap money.
This news puts the Packers into a slight predicament at the inside linebacker position. With the reports of Nick Barnett’s pending departure, the loss of Chillar would mean having zero veteran back-ups to A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop. The only exception would be if they signed free agent Matt Wilhelm to a new contract.
Ted Thompson could still keep Barnett on the roster and perhaps try to re-work his contract. He might also look into picking up a veteran free agent off the market, though at this point, it’s tough to say what kind of talent is still available for negotiations. The answer to this dilemma is unclear, but someone will probably need to be found soon. Read more... (332 words + 1 image, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)