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 …