The Packers’ free agency outlook

Ok, it’s time to start thinking about what happens with the Green Bay Packers once the CBA has its signatures on the bottom line and the locks come off the facility’s doors at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.

First on the list, in addition to preparing for the arrival of players, will be the front office’s decisions in dealing with players on the free agent list.

On top of the list are three key players: Cullen Jenkins, James Jones, and Brandon Jackson.
As I’ve  written before in this Blog, the Packers probably have no choice but to let Jones and Jackson walk.

Jones, who showed a disturbing tendency to drop the ball in crucial situations has become expendable at this point with the emergence of Jordy Nelson and the drafting of Randall Cobb.
Jackson faces a similar fate. The breakout of James Starks at the end of last season and the drafting of Alex Green have left Jackson in a tough spot and most likely on the road to another team.

That brings us to Jenkins … If there is one free agent on the Packers squad worth keeping, he would be the one.
Defensive linemen of his caliber don’t come around every day. When the Packers have the opportunity to sign one of their own … one of the key cogs in their defensive dominance and drive to a championship … They should jump on it.
The Packers do have a solid stable of defensive linemen already on the team.

Howard Green and C.J. Wilson have demonstrated their worth and Wilson may be better than many think. When you add in B.J.  Raji and Mike Neal, the promising rookie who spent the majority of last season on IR, you’ve got a pretty good group.

So … What to do?”

It will be interesting to see Ted Thompson in action this year. Will this be the year he locks up as many of his own as he can? Will this be a year when he takes the plunge into free agency and signs one or two established players?

We will find out soon.

Stay tuned …

Topics: B.J. Raji, Brandon Jackson, C.J. Wilson, Cullen Jenkins, Green Bay Packers, James Jones, Mike Neal, NFC, NFL, Ted Thompson, Winning Isn't Everything, It's The Only Thing

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  • Dan Hogan

    Packers will be outbid by the Redskins for Cullen Jenkins. He is not as much of a priority to us as defensive line is to the Redskins.

    • http://lombardiave.com apackphan

      I agree, Dan, but he would be a good player to keep because of his experience in the system and his effectiveness with the other players he’s been around for the past several seasons … not only that, but he’s a positive influence in the locker room with the younger players.

  • Tarynfor 12

    The experience thing only carries so far and then it becomes mondane.The only chance of Jenkins remaining with the Packers is if every other team suddenly adopts TTs thinking concerning it.Then and only then would it behoove Jenkins to stay in an already made comfort zone.But,in reality,Jenkins is going where and to whom ever has the bigger check for him as his comfort zone is being dictated by age and the after playing money.Especially if the new CBA didn’t aide the Retired Football Players Asso with more guarantees for them.
    Youth and maintaining an unending supply of it cannot be maintained by overpaying aging players.
    This IMO is the Law and Rule of Thumb of TT.