Walterfootball.com grades the Packers
According to walterfootball.com, here are the individual signing grades assigned to those deals made by the Green Bay Packers:
This is a quality re-signing by Green Bay. Starks is a solid talent who happens to be one of the better No. 2 running backs in the NFL right now. He turned 30 this offseason, but with just 555 career carries under his belt, Starks could be someone like Fred Jackson who could perform decently into his 30s.
I didn’t think Perry would return for 2016, but the Packers have decided to bring him back for one more year. It’s not the worst idea in the world. Perry is still only 25, so there’s a chance he could be a late bloomer. Plus, he’s not terrible in run support, so having him around for depth is fine. I wouldn’t have given him $5 million for one season, but the Packers aren’t taking any sort of risk.
Mason Crosby has been one of the better kickers in the NFL since 2013. His percentages in the three years since have been: 89.2, 81.8 and 85.7. It’s also worth noting that Crosby didn’t whiff on a single extra point last season, drilling all 36 tries. Kickers are more important than ever now in the wake of the NFL’s new asinine extra-points rule, so keeping a great one around at a somewhat reasonable price is a solid move.
Guion was just OK as a rotational lineman, so with that in mind, nearly $4 million per year seems like a lot to pay that sort of player. This isn’t a terrible move, as I like when teams re-sign their own players for chemistry issues, but the Packers probably could’ve obtained a cheaper alternative who would’ve performed just as well.
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