By Jimmy Riley
Who will be a Packer this year? Who won’t?
Wide receiver James Jones. James Jones had an up and down season. He made big plays, and dropped balls that would have lead to big plays. As far as talent, James Jones has plenty of it and has been a very good #3 option for the Packers during his career. With Donald Driver aging, and rookie Randall Cobb not being able to get his feet wet with the system due to the lockout, it might be wise to re-sign Jones. Keeping Jones would keep the Packers loaded with talent at the wide receiver position which is important in the Packers pass happy offense.
Offensive lineman Daryn Colledge. Daryn started every game for the Packers at guard this season. Colledge was quoted about the situation saying “The Packers have had a lot of years to re-sign me if they wanted to, so it looks like they might just let me go to free agency,” Colledge said. “Whether that’s a business decision or a personal decision, I don’t know. As of right now, I still get to look back at all the memories I’ve had over the past few years and all the great times we’ve had and we won a championship and did a lot of great things.” The Packers drafted offensive lineman Derek Sherrod with their first round pick in April’s draft and have TJ Lang returning. Colledge doesn’t seem too optimistic about returning in 2011, so maybe his time in Green Bay is up.
Defensive end Cullen Jenkins: When Cullen was asked whether or not he thought he was returning to the Packers he said, “I’m 99% sure something won’t happen,” Jenkins said when asked in a phone interview from his home in Michigan whether there was a chance the Packers could re-sign him before the start of free agency. “Not at this point. You get to a point where you want to go where you feel you’re wanted.” ESPN’s John Clayton reported that the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins are very interested in Jenkins and have money to spend. Jenkins is 30, and played in 11 games last year, and just four games in the 2009 season, is going to get a nice payday and it probably won’t be from the Packers. The Packers are looking to fill the void at defensive end with younger options. Cullen Jenkins’ time in Green Bay is over.
The Packers have some big decisions coming up here in the next few weeks. They need to trade and re-sign some players, not to mention signing their draft picks. Ted Thompson will have to get creative this offseason, because it is going to be one of the craziest in NFL history.