Dear Mr. Jim Irsay,
I know you play a mean guitar and are a kind of unique individual. You also have a pretty good football team over there in Indy, but you haven’t watched the tape of the Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers playoff game last year, have you? Especially the tape on the guy you just signed – that OLB by the name of Erik Walden?
No, I didn’t think so.
You see, the lasting image us Packers fans have is of Walden being sucked waaay inside and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick blowing by him through the hole he once occupied and running for a whole bunch of yards untouched for the touchdown … and it wasn’t the first time it had happened to Walden.
Aside from the fact that Walden also had an incident with his girlfriend and the law, he’s probably a really great guy. But you better be sure about that. Since that incident a couple of years ago, he hasn’t played the same.
But that’s OK … it’s OK that you signed him to a four-year contract for $16 million … but really? You spent that much on a guy who between 2008 and 2010 bounced around between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs and then was out of football before the Packers picked him up off the street? The only reason the did was because they were plumb out of guys to play linebacker.
During that stretch late in 2010 and through the playoffs and Super Bowl Walden played pretty well. But it was all downhill from there. He did have six sacks over the past two years, as well as 68 tackles and 38 assists. Pretty good, but not worth $4 million per year, if you ask me.
But it’s your football team. It’s your money.
I guess all I’ve got to say is good luck. Hope it all works out.