Packers tread softly in free agency

As we all expected the Packers didn’t make a big splash in free agency’s first two days, only signing kicker Mason Crosby and a bunch of un-drafted rookie free agents. With 90 man rosters in training camp this year teams will need plenty of fodder.

I really like that they kept Crosby. He may not be a superstar but he’s no doorknob either. He has missed a few clutch kicks but coach McCarthy isn’t afraid to run him out there from 60 in. You are going to miss a few when you are trying that many bombs, he did make a 56-yarder though last year in Washington.

Besides that, there simply aren’t many good kickers left anymore. Teams are cutting them left and right. You can’t throw a dead cat out the window and not hit a recycled kicker. If Crosby plays out his deal it would make ten years with one team, unheard of in this league. The Packers have done well with place-kickers recently, prior to Crosby Ryan Longwell kicked 9 years in Titletown.

The Packers will be losing guard Daryn Colledge for sure, probably to the Cardinals according to JS Online. That doesn’t surprise me but I wouldn’t have minded keeping him. The Packers do have some depth on the o-line for change, so they should absorb that loss with little problem.

Tomorrow we will see the official cut list of teams which could make Friday even more crazy. NFL Network is on 24-7 these days. Love it.

Hopefully I will have some pictures from the Packers’ Shareholders meeting up tomorrow night. My first meeting as a World Champion. This is going to be fun.

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  • Pete H

    I would really like to see them make a play to keep Cullen. He is awfully beasty on that side and made for that position

  • http://Orlando Mark

    I think Colledge was a weak link in the run game. With Sitton and Bulaga replacing other weak links maybe we can get our short yardage run game going.

  • Mel E Mel

    Mark all I can is is Amen brother.

  • Chris K

    I too agree keeping Colledge would have been nice BUT at a modest price…. Which any deal in the first 3-4 days of free agency wont be!

    I read this funny comment on JSONLINE: Apparently St. Louis and Arizona plan on running it on the right side this year LOL LOL…. gotta love some dry sarcastic humor…

    • iccyfan

      Some wag on the National Football Post message board wrote:

      “Daryn Colledge….You ARE the weakest link. Good Bye”

      Sadly, Colledge was “decent” last season after four years of gettting run over, run around and holding on for dear life. Happily, TT appears to have prepared well for this day; I think we can get “decent” play out of Newhouse, Lang, McDonald, Battles or whomever wins this job in camp.

  • Pierre

    Could see the Vikings going after James Jones now that WR Rice has left to sign with the Seahawks. With Donovan McNabb as the new MN QB they will want to have another deep threat to line up with Percy Harvin at WR. Say it ain’t so, Joe…

    • Pete H

      I’ll be looking forward to him dropping a clear, easy TD against us

      • http://www.scotrstone.com Scot

        Thanks for the laugh, Pete!

  • http://www.kevinroth.com Kevin Roth

    So who do you think takes Colledge’s spot? Sherrod? Lang?

    • Rick

      If Green Bay decides to get the best 5 Olinemen on the field then this is what we are looking at.
      Bulaga moves to LG until Clifton needs replacing then shifts to LT.

      LT – Clifton / Newhouse
      LG – Bulaga / McDonald
      C- Wells/ (McDonald)
      RG – Sitton/ Schlauderaff
      RT – Sherrod/ Lang

      My gut says Sherrod and Newhouse will battle for back up LT spot with loser going to RT back up spot. Lang and McDonald battle it out at LG with the loser as back up.

      LT – Clifton/ Sherrod
      LG – Lang/ (McDonald)
      C- Wells/ McDonald
      RG – Sitton/ Schlauderaff
      RT- Bulaga/ Newhouse

      • 4205

        Did I miss something on Jason Spitz? Still around right? If healthy, he could fill a role. All depends on how fast Sherrod picks things up – without normal OTA’s and such could be behind and make it tougher for Schlauderaff too?

        • Rick

          Spitz is a FA and is atrracting some attention. I think the Bears were talking to him either as a possible starter or high end back up to Kruetz who is also a FA.

          • Packer’s Advocate

            It might tell us a little about their plans for this year by who they put in that spot. A tackle (more passing) and bigger guard type player (more of a running game this year).

  • Larry

    How about McDonald?

    • Rick

      I was thinking Burger King……. jk

      He really needs to show what he has learned in this preseason. He has a shot at Guard and he shows some ability at back up center.

  • Larry

    What a Wimpy answer Rick, I don’t see Sherrod as a guard which leaves moving Baluga over to LG and Sherrod to RT IF all can be learned in training camp w/o OTA’s. I’m thinking work Sherrod as a backup tackle and plug a guard into the LG spot. McDonald got a year under his belt…we’ll see.

  • Rick

    I love the Popeye reference Larry :)

    See my post about 4 up from this one. I think it mirrors what you are thinking.

  • Packer’s Advocate

    I’m thinking awhile after the frenzy is over, the market will simply make all the decisions for TT on which ones he resigns. Whatever Packer players are still left, TT will resign at a reasonable/bargain price then. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) the Packers have some contracts coming up next year that will need attention and money so they don’t really have too much of a choice this year. Obviously, some of the players we lose may not be in the top 5 or 10 at their position, but they were all good enough to win a Super Bowl and I don’t like losing any of them.

    Colledge is a decent player and stays healthy. I’m thinking we should be able to put someone close to his talent back out there in his place. There’s a little risk in losing the consistancy though.

    Cullen Jenkins was able to get some pressure and that’s pretty important. We can put a decent player out there to replace him I think, but there’s gonna be a drop off in the depth now. This move is a little scary but I can see why.

    James Jones was a few drops from a pretty damn decent high-light reel, which isn’t too shabby for a guy whose playing the 3rd or 4th WR spot. Needs to improve his concentration but the best hands in the world won’t help if you can’t get open and he did seem to have a knack for getting open. Hope he stays and takes over DD’s spot next year (or this). He wants more snaps and I think he can get them (may have to wait one more year) but why not stay w/the Pack and get those snaps on a team that will be contending for awhile?????

    • Rick

      I agree PA. The players left standing will be very cheap to resign.

      Mike Neal should be a starter in place of Jenkins, CJ Wilson looked good and should be a great rotation player.

      Pickett and Harrell on the other side and Raji and Green in the gut gives a solid 6 man rotation.

      • Packer’s Advocate

        And one more thing w/TT…….. he signs alot of passed over players and if there is one thing they are, is a little snotty and joining the Pack w/an attitude!!!!

      • Steve Cheez

        No more Harrell

  • Larry

    Yep Rick…I’ll be interested to hear your take on camp. Nearly 25% of the roster are drafted rookies and UFA…. take your program!

  • Doug R

    Talk that Vikings are after James Jones. I think we should pay him after what Rodgers said. I hate the Vikings

  • Reid

    I don’t care if we sign Jones or not. Definitely don’t pay him big money. He makes a few good plays and then a real screw up play. He lost the first Bears game for us this year. That fumble with the ball on the inside hand in the closing minutes was ridiculous. And, it’s not the first time he’s coughed it up in a key situation. I’ll take him at a decent price because he knows the offense, etc., but he ain’t all that and a bag of chips.

  • Doug R

    What does Aaron Rodgers know that we don’t know? He said Jones was #1 priority.

  • roy jamison

    So long to Pop and Justin we hardly knew ye. Injuries have ended too many careers and Harrell’s never got going. As for Jones, he ain’t as good as Sidney Rice. If McNabb plays like he has the last two years, the Vikqueens are headed for last place.

    • 4205

      Still hope Harrell is successful somewhere – maybe even in GB with minimum contract if nothing else pans out. Almost two years off from back pressure should give somebody a good read as to whether he will ever stay healthy long enough to contribute.

    • 4205

      Pop seems like a good guy too – but paid too much for backup and special teams with all the younger guys available. He’ll catch on someplace.

  • Mel E Mel

    Does anyone know what the Packers cap # is now? The Vikings were trying to hold to Rice we see how that worked out. Kevin Williams has to finally serve his suspension. I love how Daniel Snyder goes around like a teenager with moms credit card and still doesnt win anything.
    Jenkins to the Cowboys? This just in they play on turf not good for someone with Jenks history.

  • Larry

    I’m sure we’re better with the cap sans the departure of Barnett, Pop, Harrell (about 8M I think) but we can only take 90 to camp and I think we’re a few over that number. It depends of course on if we plan on signing anymore of our own FA’s. Busy, busy

  • Kevin

    For the Pack only to make 19 million to the good on a superbowl year blows. Jesus some players make more than this. Somthing dosen’t smell right must of wrote everthing off they could.

    • http://Orlando Mark

      Kevin, it’s well known that SB winners don’t make big money because of the big payout for good players and coaches. On the other end of the scale, Culverhouse had one of the most profitable teams every year with the Bucs despite their losing more than twice as many games as they won.(94-213) Bad players are cheaper and the fans still showed up every year for a bad product and he got the same revenue sharing and TV money as the Steelers and Cowboys.

  • Mel E Mel

    Martz had TE Greg Olson traded because he doesnt fit the offense. Wow thanks mike!

  • iccyfan

    Colledge reportedly offered a five-year deal by the Cardinals with $10M guaranteed and a $5.5M / year average. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems like crazy money for a guy considered by most to be the weak link of our OL at weak-side guard! I can’t speak for anybody but me, but at times like this, I really appreciate a GM who has anticipated this day and can let the player walk. Most likely we’ll have second and third-year guys vying for the postion, so they’re not green rookies. I’m actually looking forward to the position battle!

  • Rick

    A little update from an early May post.
    Jared Fayson WR and DeAndre McDaniel SS two of my top undrafted guys both signed with the Saints,
    and my favorite little secret Clay Nurse DE/LB that I was hoping would be a camp invite at Green Bay was grabbed by the Patriots, darn it.

    Now to see if any of my top people stick

  • Rick

    Packer Draft picks getting signed, woot woot. Camp is starting. Can’t wait to hear about practices.

  • Doug R

    Brandon Jackson to the browns

  • Larry

    As stated earlier I wasn’t a Harrell fan but given his modest salary of less than $800K (close to veteran minimum I think) and a cap of only $1.3 you wonder what drove the Packers to release him before camp. 6′ 4″ and 315 and in the last year of a disappointing contract his motivation should not have been a problem…but maybe it was.

    I’d like to see what the league will do with Jolly and then the Packers.

    • Reid

      Larry – I just don’t think the Packers wanted to risk having to pay the guy to rehab another injury. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. He hasn’t had a full healthy season ever, even in college.

      • Packer’s Advocate

        A fresh start in a new place might do him good.

  • Packer’s Advocate

    Hope it blows up on Belicheat. Smug little bastard!!!

  • Rick

    Barnett may not be cut. With Chillar cut because of injury that frees up 1.2 million.

  • Packer’s Advocate

    Would appear the Falcons are going “all in”!!!!!

  • Larry

    A quick count says the packers will need a minimum $5M-6M of cap to sign 10 draft picks and 14 FA even with most getting the minimum and I didn’t count Crosby’s new deal. They can keep Barnett and make it.

    • Rick

      That is the way I see it too. So does TT want Burnett or not? Thats the $64 dollar question

    • Rick

      10 minutes to go on roster cuts being allowed………

  • iccyfan

    No huge surprises on the “cut list” other than the unreported Chillar injury story. I can’t imagine Barnett would have been receptive to a return given the circumstances of his week, but stranger things have happened. It’ll be interesting to see who Ted targets to get to the TC # of 90, and I’m curious if we’re monitoring the James Jones proceedings…

  • http://Orlando Mark

    Looks like the Saints, Falcons, Pats and Eagles have improved their rosters. I don’t think we can repeat by playing at the same level as last year. There’s a lot we can do to improve our run game with what we have. The big question this year for me is DE and LB opposite CMIII.

  • Larry

    We can’t lose sight of the impact of Finley, Grant and Cobb (KO & PR) to the SB team. Burnett is good for a few more picks than CP and Baluga has the rookie year behind him. This team has improved also, but with our own players and draft picks.

    We do need an ILB or 2 but there aren’t many FA ILB’s out there. Perhaps Wilhelm and Jones learn both ILB and OLB. We’ve got cap space for Jenkins and the price may be coming down.

    • iccyfan

      Wilhelm is a free agent and his agent is on record as saying the Packers don’t intend to bring him back.

    • Rick

      The Packers are in a good spot. TT has personnel and rookies that will get snaps this preseason. As time goes by TT could make overtures to Jenkins and JJ at a team friendly number.

      Asomugha signed with the Eagles last night. Average of 12 mil per year for 5years for 60 mil total and 25mil upfront as a gaurantee signing bonus. Man I wish that would have worked for GB but it just couldn’t.