Packers top candidate to get released should be a no-brainer

Fans shouldn't be surprised when this ultimately happens.
Green Bay Packers, Anders Carlson
Green Bay Packers, Anders Carlson / Jamie Schwaberow/GettyImages

While the majority of the heavy lifting has been done, the Green Bay Packers still have a ways to go this offseason before fans can watch them kick off Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

For now, fans can keep track of all the offseason activities, and ultimately the roster battles that will take place during training camp this summer. It's the tougher part of the offseason, but also the calm before the storm. Just a few more months, and we're back on the gridiron.

Over the weekend, Bleacher Report's David Kenyon gave football fans an inside look at some of the "better" players who could be cut by every NFL team this offseason, as roster battles heat up.

As for the Packers? His choice shouldn't surprise fans in Green Bay. It's kicker Anders Carlson.

Anders Carlson should and will be cut by the Packers this offseason

Last season, Carlson finished the year in an inconsistent and disappointing manner. As Kenyon highlighted in his piece, Carlson missed a field goal in nine of the Packers' final 12 games. He also missed six extra points in that same time frame.

Over the course of the offseason, Green Bay brought in former Minnesota Vikings kicker, Greg Joseph, to compete for the job. In five seasons as a pro, Joseph has made 100 of 121 field goal attempts and 146 of 162 extra points. He boasts a career accuracy of 82.6 percent on field goals.

The Packers also brought in former Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny, who has yet to kick in the NFL after his final collegiate season in 2022. Podlesny went 60 for 73 on field goal attempts at Georgia, while making 182 of 184 extra points.

Maybe another option, if the Packers aren't satisfied with how the competition unfolds, is to entertain bringing back an old friend: Mason Crosby.

From 2011 to 2022, Crosby finished with an accuracy of over 85 percent in seven separate seasons. He may be 39 years old, but don't count out the possibility of Green Bay bringing back a longtime fan favorite.

Whatever Green Bay ends up doing, you can rest assured that it'll likely include a move that sees the team cut ties with Carlson, and for good reason.