What the Green Bay Packers should have done this offseason

Green Bay Packers, Ted Thompson (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Adrian Peterson

While Jamaal Williams has looked good to this point backing up Ty Montgomery, the Packers cannot afford to be patient with this one.

The Packers have barely had any balance in their offense since Aaron Rodgers has been the starting quarterback. Ryan Grant was the healthy starter for only one season during Rodgers’ prime, while Eddie Lacy provided some short-yardage success and decent receiving out of the backfield.

Adrian Peterson may be more beat up and less effective than he once was, but the seven-time-Pro-Bowler would have made a world of difference in Green Bay.

A true between-the-tackles runner, Peterson’s workload would have been very small, as Ty Montgomery would have shared the load with him almost down the middle. Peterson’s effectiveness in Green Bay would have been purely based on situational football.

Whether it is with a clutch catch out of the backfield on third down, or a tough couple of yards in a cloud of dust, a talent like Peterson’s is still a needed commodity in the Packers offense.

One must not forget the mentoring that Peterson could have provided to the inexperienced Montgomery as the team’s eventual starter down the road.

This signing would also have relieved the need to draft three running backs on draft night, and focus on improving the porous defense.