The debate over whether the Green Bay Packers reached in free agency by signing former Carolina Panthers and most recent Chicago Bear Julius Peppers has been ongoing since the day the annual all-pro signed on the bottom line at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
In the “Roster Reset” at “Around the League” over at nfl.com yesterday, several writers put their pens to paper with a list of the winners and losers in free agency.
The Packers, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders, were all tabbed as winners in this offseason’s player and money grab. The losers were the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tennessee Titans.
We’ll let you read the descriptions for all the others, but for the Packers, here is what Hanzus had to say. I have to say, I can’t disagree with him:
That changed this season with the acquisition of Julius Peppers. Even at a diminished state, Peppers is a prime candidate to enjoy a late-career resurgence playing in a playoff atmosphere at Lambeau. Peppers and a healthy Clay Matthews are bad news for Jay Cutler and the reset of the NFC North signal-callers.
Meanwhile, general manager Ted Thompson did well in bringing back core players who help keep Green Bay the class of the division. Retaining cornerback Sam Shields was vital to the secondary, and re-signing James Starks and John Kuhn keeps a nice nucleus in place around rising star Eddie Lacy. I even like the Matt Flynn re-signing.
– Dan Hanzus
What are your thoughts? Did the Peppers signing help put the Packers over the top on the defensive side of the ball? Will the Packers be able to add a safety, linebacker and maybe even another defensive lineman in the draft to get them back to elite status?
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