It appears that the Packers could lose stalwart offensive tackle Mark Tauscher to the division rival Minnesota Vikings. It was reported last night after the Packers missed out on free agents Colin Cole and Chris Canty.
The Packers don’t want to give too much too soon to Tauscher, who is coming off of a torn right ACL and is not far enough along in his recovery to pass a physical. The ideal situation for Green Bay would be to wait for a while, see how Tauscher is progressing, and then sign him to a deal based on his recovery and what they think he can do.
However, this plan is easily thwarted if a team starts pursuing Tauscher, like the Vikings are. This could easily create a bidding war for a 31-year-old who appears to be starting the downslope of his career. Even danzinski, over at TVA, has said that Tauscher has a “red flag alert!”
Tauscher’s best purpose for either team would be to serve as stop-gap while the teams develop young talent at the tackle position. Ted Thompson and the Packers rarely overspend, while Zygi Wilf has some deep pockets. If it comes down to a bidding war, Wilf could win out with the cash, but Tauscher, a Wisconsin graduate and career Packers, could find it easier to stay in Green Bay.
Stay tuned for this one.