The numbers are in and it’s clear that the Packers fans who voted last week on a poll right here on Lombardiave.com have shown they think center Scott Wells and tight end Jermichael Finley are two of the crucial players who should be brought back before the start of next season.
A total of just under 500 votes were cast … voters were asked to name their top four picks of free agents who they thought should be brought back to the team this offseason.
The voting between Wells and Finley was closer than I anticipated.
Wells received 415 votes, 89 percent of the vote; while Finley tallied 409 votes, 87 percent.
They were followed by Jarrett Bush with 248 votes and Matt Flynn with 165.
The rest of the free agents were as follows Ryan Grant (152 votes, 32 percent); Erik Walden (113 votes, 24 percent); Howard Green (77 votes, 16 percent); and Pat Lee (46 votes, 10 percent).
So, just what does that all mean? Well, it clearly means that the fans who cast votes here, Packers fans I assume, really feel that Wells and Finley are highly valued. Jarrett Bush, who has been both in and out of the dog house, has raised his value the past couple of seasons because of his play as a special teamer. He’s been burned while playing in the nickel and dime packages, but he’s also had his moments.
On the bottom end of the results, Matt Flynn doesn’t get the votes because everyone is resigned that he will be given the opportunity to sign with another team … so long as it isn’t a team within the league and maybe not even in the conference.
Ryan Grant had a good run down the stretch and gave respectability to the Packers run game, but he most likely will also leave because he will want bigger bucks than the Packers will be willing to give him. And that fumble in the Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Giants probably sealed his fate.
Erik Walden played well enough to remain the starter the first half of the season, but played himself out of a starting role down the stretch, and went down hill even more after his legal problems.
Howard Green and Pat Lee will each be shown the door because of their lack of any actual impact on the team’s success. The fans clearly understand that both those players will be gone by the time the Packers hit the field this coming spring and summer.
The poll is also an indicator that Packers fans know what’s going on with the team … they understand who is valued and who isn’t. Though GM Ted Thompson will have some other tough decisions (for example, Donald Driver), many of these players will be dealt with in an appropriate fashion.