It’s no secret that Nick Barnett, Johnny Jolly, Brandon Chillar, and Justin Harrell are on the bubble with the Green Bay Packers, but it became even more evident that others, including Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk, are also seeing the writing on the wall.
In his post this morning, Rosenthal tabbed all four of those Packers as either already being on the chopping block or at least describing them as potentially being cut by the team.
We find it difficult to disagree with this assessment. It’s clear that Jolly has dug his own hole with his legal issues, something neither Mike McCarthy, nor Ted Thompson, will tolerate. We all know they want a locker room without character issues.
Harrell may get a chance to redeem himself by staying healthy, but it’s rather unlikely. Ted Thompson’s worst first round draft choice will probably be gone sooner than later.
That brings us to Chillar and Barnett. They have both been productive in the past, with Barnett being a mainstay in the Packers inside defense for a number of years. Chillar, a relative newcomer to the team, may have more of an upside than Barnett, so it’s probable that if the Packers decide to keep one of them, the nod will go to Chillar. We all know what Barnett did during the week leading up to the Super Bowl and his whining about not being in the team picture … that didn’t sit well with coaches and administration. That alone could be enough to tip the balance toward Chillar.
However, Chillar has had his own problems with staying on the field, but the Packers will most likely keep him if they are to keep any one of the four listed here.
And depending on how the rules read about the protection of veterans when the CBA is unveiled, this might all change.
Either way, the Packers defense is definitely going to have some new names listed on the roster this coming season and some old names scratched off of it.