Green Bay Packers OLB Mike Neal has been re-signed for two years. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Wells going, going ... Neal, too

Packers center Scott Wells (63) blocks during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Twitter is blowing up today with all the banter about free agency.

Believe it or not, the Packers have also elbowed in among the tweets about big signings (Colston) and trades (Brandon Marshall). But it’s certainly not good news for those who follow the Green and Gold.

It sounds like Scott Wells has targeted a new offensive line to anchor (more on this later) and defensive lineman Mike Neal has been suspended for use of illegal substances …

So, the questions that pop to mind are whether the Packers can make the necessary deals and/or adjustments to its offensive line to make up for the loss of Well, considered their most consistent lineman of the past few years. The drafting of Peter Konz out of Wisconsin has been bantered about, but Packers GM Ted Thompson would probably have to trade up to get him, which would mean the loss of draft choices in later rounds – something Thompson doesn’t like to do.

As for Neal … can we say bust? He was a much touted draft pick, but injuries got the best of him and his potential soon turned to disappointment. He rushed back from an injury last year because he felt he had to play (which is true), but he contributed absolutely nothing to the Packers and probably hurt the team.

What a way to start the beginning of a new year. Let’s hope it’s not the harbinger of 2012 for the Packers. There’s got to be better news down the road.

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