This morning, the Atlanta Falcons released a triumvirate of veterans that sent shock waves through the NFL – DE John Abraham, RB Michael Turner, and DB Dunta Robinson were all sent packing by Atlanta.
However, it wasn’t long before the shock waves had subsided and folks started the speculation on the best fitting teams for all three of those veterans. The first thing I thought was that all three of those players would be great fits with the Green Bay Packers, but then my Ted Thompson radar activated and I realized I was only dreaming … it’s time to wake up.
But I wasn’t alone.
Number one on his list was the Green Bay Packers. So, maybe I’m not so crazy after all.
Here’s what Miniel had to say:
Green Bay Packers – Defense does need help, a veteran like Abraham could boost Green Bay’s motivation on defense as they have struggled the last few seasons. They need more help when it comes to pressuring the quarterback, so with John Abraham having 122 career and 10 last season, he should help out in that category.
The Packers’ defense does need help. Despite the fact that Ted Thompson spent all his time drafting defensive players last season and even though Green Bay’s D did improve statistically over 2011, they still ended the season soft, giving up 579 total yards to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Playoff Game. We don’t even want to mention what SF QB Colin Kaepernick did to the team in that game – I think we all know.
And so while there are those out there who feel that Abraham would be a good fit in Green Bay, I have to say that while he would bring a definite attitude and experience to the Packers, I highly doubt Thompson will pursue him. As we all know, he’s a draft and develop guy and to go out and spend millions on a 34-year-old defensive lineman just isn’t his way of doing things.
As a side note, Miniel also included the Packers in the list of teams that would be a good landing spot for RB Michael Turner. With that I might agree, but that’s a post for a later time.
As free agency heats up, we’ll be looking at all the possibilities here at Lombardiave.com.