The Baltimore Ravens made a huge statement Monday … the team cleared the decks of some big names and contracts … McGahee, Mason, Heap … sending a clear message they were opening doors for a run into the free agent market.
If the Ravens seem headed toward a huge revamp of personnel, compare that tactic to the Packers … The borings of the neighborhood … The team that goes about its business as it has since Ted Thompson took over as GM – slowly proving that the Washington Redskins’ modus operandi – and one that the Ravens surprisingly seem headed for this season – doesn’t work.
So just what will the Packers be doing in the next week as other teams head through a hectic free agent period and then into the start of training camp?
Reloading … Not revamping.
The Packers will most likely deal or cut Nick Barnett, say thanks, but no thanks to Mark Tauscher and allow Cullen Jenkins, Brandon Jackson, Daryn Colledge and James Jones to find better deals elsewhere.
They will need to utilize this tactic to recoup enough money to sign their draft picks and undrafted free agents.
The Packers, again one of the youngest in the league, will not pursue free agents … though there are many who would like to see the team get into the competition for some of the high profile players on the market.
That would be the sexy thing to do, but out of character for a general manager who has built from within with amazing acumen.
As long as the Packers continue to hit on solid football players to step into positions left open through free agency and retirements, this is a team that’s going to be successful for years to come – the model has worked and produced one Super Bowl title.
So bring in the rookies and undrafted free agents … Give the ball to Aaron Rodgers and let Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews take it away. That will be a recipe for another year of wins for the Packers.
What happens with the Ravens and other teams looking to revamp quickly and violently? Time will tell.
But for the Packers … it’s time to reload, not revamp.