Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:02 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
It’s never too early to think about the potential free agents that could leave the Super Bowl champion Packers. I mean, it’s only been THREE days since they bathed in confetti in Dallas, and that obviously means it’s time to discuss who’s eligible to leave and if they’re going to do so.*
*The caveat being that if the owners lock out the players, none of this will matter.
Assuming we’re playing by normal rules, here are some of the unrestricted free agents who, if they leave Green Bay, could impact next season’s squad.
K Mason Crosby, RBs John Kuhn and Brandon Jackson, DE Cullen Jenkins, G Daryn Colledge and WR James Jones. Most of them are replaceable (though Kuhn developed a nice little fan following) but Jenkins is an effective pass-rusher and Colledge is certainly above average on the offensive line.
Though Jenkins told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he’d like to stay in Green Bay, he also understands that by not having signed a deal during the season, he’s at far greater risk to leave the squad.
“I understand it’s a business,” Jenkins said. “Hopefully, there’s not a lockout and even if there is, we can get something done. Hopefully, we can get it ironed out quickly.”
One sticking point that the Journal Sentinel points out:
Green Bay will owe LB A.J. Hawk a $10 million base salary next season. What the Packers decide to do with him – keep him, renegotiate his deal or release him to avoid paying him – will impact how they deal with the rest of their unrestricted free agents, all of whom feel they deserve to cash a nice payday after winning the Super Bowl.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 3:17 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:24 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 8:45 am
Posted by Will Brinson & Andy Benoit
Perhaps the most fascinating thing if you look (at a glance anyway) at Pittsburgh and Green Bay is that they've built their teams "properly." (AKA "the opposite of Dan Snyder.) They draft smart, and they sign smarter. At least that's what we're lead to believe, right?
Andy and I set out to check the roster breakdown for both teams. En route, we* managed to figure out not only where they're coming from, but what they'll do for their respective teams in the Super Bowl.
*Scouting smarts credited to Benoit. HTML and research credited to Brinson.
*Classification is really unfair for him.
Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:56 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 12:05 am
Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:14 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 10:40 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
UPDATE: 10:40 p.m. ET: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Barnett is indeed out for the season with a wrist injury similar to the one Brian Urlacher suffered last season. Read below to learn what went down and what this means.
CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Greg Bedard reports that Packers inside linebacker Nick Barnett could be out for the season. Sources tell Bedard that Barnett needs surgery on his injured right wrist.
The surgery is not a matter of if, but when. As soon as it happens, Barnett will be shelved. Bedard’s sources believe the surgery will occur before the end of the season, though Barnett will get a second opinion on Friday.
Barnett hurt the wrist in the first half of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions but returned and finished the game wearing a cast.
If Friday’s diagnosis goes against Barnett, it will mark the second time in three years that he’s landed on Injured Reserve (ACL in ’08). Bedard writes, “Barnett, 29, would be a big loss for the defense. The eight-year veteran is one of the vocal and emotional leaders of the unit, and makes the calls in the huddle and adjustments before the play.”
This is true, though it’s worth mentioning that Dom Capers’ scheme puts minimal stock in the inside linebacker position. The defensive line and outside linebackers carry Green Bay’s front seven. Barnett, who has speed to burn, has gone from playmaker to solid contributor in the 3-4 defense.
Because Brandon Chillar is dealing with a shoulder injury, Desmond Bishop would likely start in Barnett’s place next to A.J. Hawk. Bishop, a third-year pro, was given a crack at earning a starting job prior to the season, though coaches were quick to abandon that plan.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed