Today’s story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn about the rift between the Green Bay Packers and their All-Pro center Scott Wells hit Packers Nation like a shot below the belt. It was a chop block that hit everyone on the blind side.
But cliches aside, does this divide spell irreparable harm? Will the Packers allow Wells to walk, test the market and possibly come back at a lower rate, much like wide receiver James Jones did last year?
In my humble opinion, if the Packers allow Wells to walk, he won’t be back anytime soon. He will be gone.
So, should that occur, is it the end of the world for the Packers? I don’t think so.
Yes, it will put a chink in the armor that protects MVP Aaron Rodgers, but not one that couldn’t be fixed both in the short-term and long-term. With longtime left tackle Chad Clifton most likely gone, the Packers will have to do some creative shifting of players.
Either through the draft or a possible trade or even, God forbid, through free agency, the Packers will need to look elsewhere for talent to stock their line.
So, the mantra at this point has got to be “In Ted we trust.” He’s been in this position before and will no doubt make the right decision when it comes down to negotiations with Wells. If Thompson feels that Wells has priced himself out of the Packers market, he will adjust. If there is some wiggle room, I can’t believe that Thompson wouldn’t do what is right for the team.
If it means Wells has to go elsewhere, then let the business factor take over.
As popular as Well has become among Packers fans, his loss on a personal level would be difficult. However, we’ve all had some tough losses with which to deal. Remember that guy named Brett Favre? We got over that and the team is better because of it.
Though Wells’ importance doesn’t approach that of a Brett Favre, the concept is the same. The team finds a way to cope and to move on.
In this case, that too will occur.