Yesterday, Packers Nation let out a collective moan when St. Louis running back Steven Jackson said sorry to Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers and signed on for three years and $12 million with the Atlanta Falcons.
Jackson and the Packers have been rumored to be interested in one another going back three years and things warmed up last fall when more trade rumors were circulated. A little more than a week ago Jackson voided his contract with the Rams and was then videotaped a couple of days later with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King talking about how joining the Packers would be a good fit. “Makes sense,” is what Jackson answered when told by King that he should go to the Packers.
From there, the cyberworld exploded with stories and speculation about how Jackson was just a signature away from making his way north to Wisconsin.
Well, that all came crashing down when Jackson spurned all the talk and the Packers and signed with Atlanta.
On top of it all, Greg Jennings is in Minnesota discussing a move west.
So, where does that leave Green Bay?
Well, we all know that Ted Thompson is not the kind to get into bidding wars over any player. He’s not going to play the game. It’s pretty clear that if he is going to join in the free agency sweepstakes, he’s going to wait until all of the hype has died down, sneak in and try to sign quality players – if they are available.
Now that the market has set its benchmarks and has begun to soften and the Packers are still considering bolstering its running game through free agency, there’s one player who has been rated even higher than Jackson and is still sitting out there – former New York Giant Ahmad Bradshaw.
As the days pass and Bradshaw’s phone stays silent, he might be one that Thompson should consider calling.
The oft-injured running back, to me, has a bigger upside than Jackson, not only because of his age, but because it seems to me he would fit much better into the Packers’ uptempo game. He runs like a bull between the tackles, can break it to the outside and catches the ball very well out of the backfield.
The only sticking point with Bradshaw, I feel, has been the money. But now that the market is set, it’s time to pounce.
In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that I wrote a post comparing Jackson and Bradshaw and came to the conclusion that the best fit for the Packers would be Bradshaw – you might want to give that another read.
Let me know if you agree.
Unless Thompson is adamant about addressing the running game through the draft or simply going with the players he has in-house, now is the time to consider Bradshaw.