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Why Green Bay's 3 Unsigned RFA's Are Interesting

Posted on: June 15, 2010 9:25 am
Edited on: June 15, 2010 1:06 pm
 

It’s worth examining the Green Bay Packers’ three unsigned restricted free agents. They embody the curious situation of unsigned restricted free agents. All three – cornerback Tramon Williams, defensive end Johnny Jolly and safety Atari Bigby – chose to miss the June 15 deadline, meaning they now could have their tender offers reduced.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran the numbers and reported that the Packers could reduce Williams from $3.168 million to $584,000 (i.e. 110% of his ’09 salary). Jolly could drop from $2.521 million to $589,000. Bigby’s case is unique. He stands to lose only one SUV worth of dough, dropping from $1.759 million to $1.704 million.

But besides the money, all three players are jeopardizing their short-term prosperity. Williams is presumably in contention for a starting job, given that veteran Al Harris is recovering from major knee surgery. At 27, Williams is around that age where he either blossoms as a key NFL contributor or becomes permanently viewed as a backup.

Jolly is facing a felony drug trial and could be off to prison. You’d think he’d know that this doesn’t exactly give him great leverage at this point.

As for Bigby, his starting strong safety job could go to rookie Morgan Burnett, a third-rounder who has gotten an opportunity to practice with the first unit all offseason.

The Packers could use all three of these players, but they don’t need any of them. Corners Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee and Will Blackmon have all seen the field in their short careers and could compete for Williams’s role. Second-round pick Mike Neal and ’07 first-rounder Justin Harrell are both newcomers at Jolly’s end position. And for Bigby, as just stated, there’s Burnett. It will be interesting to see how Ted Thompson goes about playing hardball here.

UPDATE: Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Jolly has now signed his tender.

--Andy Benoit

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Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:19 am
 

Why Green Bay's 3 Unsigned RFA's Are Interesting

Agree with every comment you said Flittycent!!! Bigby injury-proned, Jolly suspended, Tramon a keeper for the long hall!!!



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:45 am
 

Why Green Bay's 3 Unsigned RFA's Are Interesting

I look at it this way.  Bigby makes some plays but can't seem to stay healthy lately and isn't the best against the pass.  Jolly will be suspended sooner or later for the codeine thing, and a guy with drug issues isn't worth a big committement.  Lastly, I love Tramon.  Bush, Blackmon etc. make me nervous.  Tramon should get a long term deal because Al Harris and Charles Woodson are almost ready for social security. 



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2010 9:33 am
 

Why Green Bay's 3 Unsigned RFA's Are Interesting

This doesn't make sense.  Why would anyone risk a lesser offer.  The Packers just made the playoffs in pretty impressive fashion.  If these guys are really dedicated to winning, they'd sign their injury waiver and be on the field in shorts.  It's bad for morale to have players missing for any reason.  The guys who actually show don't need to be answering questions about other players contracts/holdouts or just not showing up.  It's a distraction and for a team that has dealt with quite a few over the past couple years, this needs to be stopped.


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