The Green Bay Packers did an excellent job of redefining its defense through the NFL Draft last weekend, but the ever-tinkering GM Ted Thompson, according to recent reports, may be looking at street free agent Elvis Dumervil as an addition who could bring veteran skill and savvy to a defense that continues to need impact players.
According to Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport, Dumervil could be a target of Thompson’s for a number of reasons, but one of those top reasons would be that Thompson could get Dumervil into Packers News at a very low cost.
Like he did three years ago with then-castoff-Chicago Bear Julius Peppers, Thompson likes to bring in players who won’t cost the team in compensatory picks and can be picked up with team-friendly contracts.
Dumervil fits the bill here.
The 12-year veteran is far from his Pro Bowl (five times) and All Pro (two times) playing days when he was in Denver, but he could still be seen as a rotational player who could have an impact on the Green Bay Packers’ defense – a defense that continues to look for more pass rushing from its edge rushers.
The Green Bay Packers still have Clay Matthews and recently re-signed Nick Perry, while also drafting UW alum Vince Biegel in this year’s draft. So why would they need to pick up a guy like Dumervil?
Well, he’s the type of veteran that everyone talks about when considering who could fit well in Green Bay. He’s experienced; he would be an excellent influence on the younger players in the locker room; and he could add another dimension to the team’s defense.
One word of caution about Dumervil – he has had recent injuries that could raise some red flags.
That’s why the team has doctors … if he’s not physically up to the task of playing at the NFL level, the doctors will let the team know. We saw that recently when former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson failed his physical with the Green Bay Packers after being picked off the wire.
Though these are simply reports that are being passed around on the internet, Dumervil is an intriguing veteran prospect to bring into Green Bay. Heck, Thompson should at least kick the tires on this one.
Stay tuned …