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A healthy Perry is a force to be reckoned with

It’s Friday, so if you’ve paid any attention to the Packers in the past 24 hours you know that Green Bay has reserved the rights to five more years of former first-round pick, Nick Perry. 
 
The former USC standout defensive end, a first-round pick in 2012, has spent most of his career associated with “bust”. Perry’s first four seasons were mired by injury, as he missed significant time in his rookie year, suited up for only 11 games in year two, and, despite appearing in action for the majority of 2014 and ’15, he missed almost the entirety of the offseason with shoulder injuries. 
 
When you’re a first-round selection, plugged into a position as important as outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, expectations for your success are understandably high. There just wasn’t enough there to see what Perry was made of. 
 
It had been asserted that Perry’s struggles derived from a position change from 4-3 defensive end to stand-up linebacker in Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense. Under the best circumstances, like Perry avoiding the injury bug and getting significant playing time, he’d still need to adjust to a new position. 
 
But there were always reasons to believe in Perry. He was a productive pass rusher at USC. His combine numbers were obvious cause for elation: a 4.58 40-yard-dash, a 38-inch vertical, and 35 reps on the bench press. Look at the same pool of players selected in 2012, and you’ll note Perry running a faster 40 and posting a higher vertical than wide receivers, while making the big guys in the trenches look weak by comparison. And all of this came wrapped up in a 270-pound frame. 
 
The scouting report on Perry in college was that he relied on raw athleticism over technique. His limited time early on in Green Bay displayed a nasty bull rush. Perry is a player for whom the combination of speed and power has always been obvious and dangerous once properly mobilized. But the impact plays were few and far between, despite flashes, like a monster hit against Andrew Luck early on in his career that was erroneously flagged for a personal foul largely because of the play’s impressive violence.
 
Every flash Perry showed in his first four years was offset by injury woes. Availability and accountability. 
 
The Packers weren’t ready to give up on their former first-rounder, though, and signed Perry to a one-year “prove it” contract entering 2016. 
 
Perry, finally the beneficiary of a clean bill of health, was a full participant in the offseason programs. This gave assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss considerably more time to work with Perry. The Packers were pleased to have their elephant in the room. 
 
Since the 2014 season, Capers, in an attempt by the entire staff to better use players to their strengths, began employing the “elephant” position in the team’s sub-packages (in which they play the majority of snaps). This shift would give tweeners like Perry and Peppers a position that played more to their strengths. Traditionally an outside linebacker lines up on the inside shoulder of the tackle. The elephant position moves further out, lining up on the inside shoulder of the tight end. 
 
Perry always had a bull rush, as well as the size and strength to set the edge. Last season he showed what he was capable of. 
 
There’s the team-leading 11 sacks — despite missing two games with a broken hand — and the fact that Perry remained productive while wearing the club. Moreover, Perry was one the league’s very best in setting the edge against the run. He destroyed tight ends and made life difficult for tackles, ripping and powering through blocks. He was arguably the Packers’ best defensive player. 
 
There aren’t many keys to Perry’s continued success. He just has to stay healthy. Whether that happens is a big if, but don’t doubt for a second that the Packers needed to bring him back. Perry’s services were highly-sought, for good reason, because his value isn’t just as a pass-rusher. He’s an all-around disrupter. 
 
It’s incredibly rare for a player to break out in his fifth season, but Perry’s previous struggles make sense. He’s now settled into a position that plays to his strengths. And he’s entering what should be his prime. 
 
He just has to stay on the field. Bringing him back is a risk, but one no doubt worth taking. 
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egbertsouse's picture

It's not just about him staying on the field,it's the number of games he can give you 100%. He always seems to be playing with a club, brace, cast, etc. Or sitting out practice because he's dinged up. That's why I'm not high on this contract.

GVPacker's picture

I always liked Nick Perry! Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope he can stay healthy and have an even better campaign than 2016!

Lphill's picture

Ok great he's back , let's move on to other developments like loosing Hyde, Cook, Lacy , Tretter etc ..,,,if no improvements then if I was Rodgers I would hold out until a new deal is worked out since Ted Thompson expects him to do it all .

Mags's picture

Yea I'm happy Perry is back but enough stories about Perry. But I know with TT not doing squat on the non packer free agent front there isn't much else to discuss I guess.

DesertPackFan's picture

So you bitch he doesn't participate IN FA, But if he signed another teams Micah Hyde, you bitch about overpay for him. Well guess what any FA is going to be overpaid!! F'in clueless.

Mags's picture

Did I say anything about overpaying anyone! No so get a F'in grip with reality. I know you get butt hurt when anyone questions the great TT in your mind.

DesertPackFan's picture

Being active in FA = overpaying... Unless your judicious about it like Thompson.

Haven't you been paying attention?!

Mags's picture

The one the Packers are overpaying is Teddy. Of course you wouldn't be able to pay attention to that because your head is somewhere where it shouldn't be.

DesertPackFan's picture

Paying attention requires a brain. Apparently you don't qualify!

Mags's picture

Ohhh low blow there buddy. LOL

rdent's picture

Packers just signed Martelius Bennett. WOW!

Mags's picture

I see Teddy is starting to pay attention now. Now sign a corner not named House hopefully.

Mags's picture

I see Teddy is starting to pay attention now. Now sign a corner not named House hopefully.

tm_inter's picture

That's right. I wonder how much TT is paying Martellus Bennett, who had better numbers than Cook last season.

And Aaron Rodgers seems pleased with the signing of Bennett because he immediately posted on Twitter an image of a fist bump with his “relax” catch phrase.

chugwater's picture

Holding out for losing the likes of Lacy and Hyde? Get real. This draft is deep with RBs. Why would anyone hold out for a RB who has a history of injury and conditioning issues? Especially with a draft that's full of quality RBs.

Tretter? He's good, but also has had injury issues. Not worth sitting out for a guy who couldn't break the starting line up unless someone got injured.

Hyde? He's an average player. Sure he made a couple plays on a below average defense. He's also slow and got burned quite a bit. This draft is loaded with CBs. Should be able to find a decent replacement.

Get a grip.

Ryan Graham's picture

I have a question. What to do with Datone Jones? Do you bring him back on a one year deal the way you did Perry? Kind of a different circumstance though because he plays D line most of the time now, and that position group has its own set of depth issues and what now now...and after having played a number of different techs, 2 pt stance and 3 pt stance..I wonder what his future holds now

DesertPackFan's picture

Datone mostly plays OLB now , NOT DL. Give him 2yrs 5M total to see how his production is at OLB.

chugwater's picture

I'd bring him back too. I think he played decently. Not great, but I bet he's still trying to perfect his transition to OLB. He's way better than Fackrell and Elliott.

No one else will offer a huge amount of money for him. I would do what Ted is doing. Hold off until FA passes and then sign him on the cheap after the draft.

Nick Perry's picture

"He's way better than Frackrell and Elliott". I'm not so sure about that. Let's wait at least until camp before we dismiss Frackrell like that. Jones has done a whole lot of nothing in his 4 years here. I AM anxious to see how Jones looks in year 2 of his transition to OLB, he might jump like Perry. He did lead the Packers in hits on the QB, or some stat like that. He also makes a lot of really stupid penalties.

Personally I'm anxious to see what Frackrell looks like in OTA's. He could very well be the player who makes a big 2nd year jump the Packers depend on so much each year. He has the perfect frame to put on weight to get stronger without getting any slower. He's only 25 years old, 26 at the end of November so he's not "Old" by any means contrary to many people's opinion.

chugwater's picture

That's fair. I don't care who steps up as long as it's someone.

Tarynfor12's picture

Boy ol' boy are writers here doing their best to convince themselves and others that Perry us the promised land player leader. ....good luck.

DesertPackFan's picture

Well he's no Fackrell... his BACKUP! He's far and away a better player. So he's got that going for him!

Tarynfor12's picture

We'll see how far better Perry is than Fackrell this camp and season. : )

DesertPackFan's picture

He'll still be far and away a better player. Fackrell won't be able to play the run nearly as well and Fackrell is probably going to fall on the depth chart if they draft and OLB high.

holmesmd's picture

Yes we will and I can promise you, it absolutely won't be Fackrell! SMH. Did you guys date or something? Hahaha. Nick Perry could pick the kid up like a child. Have you seen him in person? He's one of the fastest most powerfully built men on the field every Sunday. Fackrell is built like a receiving TE. Of course Fackrell will develop some size & strength but not much. He's like almost 30 already!;) Lol. Seriously, I hope they're all great but Fackrell will NEVER have Perry's metrics. That's a fact.

holmesmd's picture

Nick Perry graded out as one of the top OLB'rs that play 3-4 in the entire NFL. I said this on the site when everyone was saying he was "gone". I don't think you know what you're talking about as it pertains to Perry. His metrics cannot be taught and he is a very good all around OLB when healthy. Who's going to take his place, scrawny azz Fackrel who weighs about 30lbs less and can only speed rush?! Lol. No, I don't think so. Perry is a solid piece to the front 7 and they certainly didn't have a replacement on the roster. He got more money than I had anticipated but there was no question in my mind that GB would retain him. Let's try to be positive and move on.

DesertPackFan's picture

I couldn't agree more. Never had a doubt in my mind they would sign him. One of the better 34 OLB, like Fackrell has "some" potential, but he has little chance of playing ahead of Perry or Matthews. Might be a good rotational substitute. If the Packers draft an OLB high, Fackrell only falls on the depth chart. Get me McKinley, Watt or Williams in the draft.

chugwater's picture

Had to do it. Our pass rush would be in a shambles without him.

Just need to wrap him in bubble wrap until the regular season.

Lphill's picture

Datone Jones is just a guy on defense. You can replace him with another guy. I doubt anyone would notice. I would take Connor Barwin over him.

stockholder's picture

I would notice. He wanted to come back to Green bay. Why give up on him. Everyone said he would be a good DE. And then their moving him to Lb. I trust him more then Guion per contract. As long as TT signed Perry . I say sign his team mate. The market has shown the price for packers has gone up. Why give up a guy that belongs here. The problem was the secondary. Elliott and several others never stepped up. Jones will never be a super -star. But how many of TTs picks will take his place. None. I'll tell you another thing. If TT can't sign his players, He better start {trading} them before they become Free Agents . Or just retire, and get some fresh thinking that can.

Nick Perry's picture

You had me at just retire. Again im waiting till June before I judge what Thompson did this year to improve GB. So far the Packers are considerably worse on both sides of the ball since the NFCCG.

chugwater's picture

'So far the Packers are considerably worse on both sides of the ball since the NFCCG.'

Eh, maybe. I guess. We're 36 hours into FA. What were you expecting?

Resigned our best pass rusher. When you posted this we had potentially lost a FA guard and TE on offense. Neither of whom has signed with another team yet. For all we know Ted might have been determined to get both, but just wanted to make sure he wasn't overpaying. Let them shop around, but get them in the end. This might still be the case for Lang. (We now know he had a trick up his sleeve with Bennett.)

As for the defense, nobody knows how well this defense will play next year. To say it's 'considerably' worse is extremely premature to the point where it shouldn't be said. Randall, Rollins, Gunter, Hawkins, Clark, Ryan, Brice, Lowry, and Martinez have all played less than two years. Do you really think all nine will not improve next year? I find that hard to believe.

And this doesn't include a draft class loaded at the pass rusher/CB positions. I'm sure TT will pick up a few good ones there too.

You have it right holding off on final judgement until later in the year, but don't just limit it to FA and draft. 'Draft and develop' means expecting some of the younger players to develop from one year to the next.

Nick Perry's picture

That's why I also said I'll wait till June to react. Losing Tretter and possibly Lang IS scary thought through. Langs brings so much more to the Packers than just being a great Guard.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I see nothing wrong with keeping an internal balance as to whether we are better or worse. I wouldn't get all worked up over it until TC arrives.

Defense: So far, we are worse.
Retained Perry. Status quo.
Lost Hyde, Peppers.

Offense: So far, probably a bit worse
Bennett > Cook by a modest amount.
Lost Tretter, who was a solid starter when healthy

Mojo's picture

Spot on TGR.

If we compare the roster as of now to the end of the season, this is a weaker team. However, as we know, there's a lot of time left. Free agency just started, the drafts coming up and they'll be a number of other dispositions and acquisitions as we go along. Spotrac has us with around $27 to $29 mil of cap space left even after the Bennett signing.

It'll be interesting to compare the 2017 roster to the end of the year 2016 roster, but that won't come until September,

Samson's picture

Perry made a $hitload of money only because the Packer "D" is a mess. -- TT's motto is "sign your own" even if they may not be worth it. -- We'll see if Perry can play all 16 or can be an impact player when CM3 is injured and out. --- It will happen.

stockholder's picture

TT signed woodson and peppers. So Hope is the word. Peppers just signed with Carolina.

holmesmd's picture

Another guy who loved it here who wanted to stay and certainly doesn't need the money. I'm sure he would have stayed for a 2 year deal/ 6 million and retired as a Packer. He probably bailed because he sees the shit show that is unfolding and knew that the organization is not committed to winning a SB anytime soon?! SMH. Another TT failure. Reminds me of how the Bears treated Urlacher. Completely inexcusable and again, other than Perry...no better OLB on the roster, despite his age.Oh well Ted, go back to playing with your blocks.

rdent's picture

Martellius Bennett.

holmesmd's picture

Really, like CMIII?! Lol. That guy is probably the most overpaid pass rusher compared to production in the entire NFL! Aside from his admirable ILB experiment 2 seasons ago, he's been almost invisible and is also hurt at least a quarter of the season EVERY YEAR! Let's not create double standards for one guy vs the other. Perry's market was set and the other teams had no reason to over pay him. I think they are aware of Perry's metrics & skill set. It's done, let's focus on the disaster that is the rest of the defense. SMH.

chugwater's picture

I agree Perry is better than CM3 at this point. Hard to defend paying Clay $10M per year with his availability issues and lack of dominant production.

I wouldn't doubt it if they cut Clay next year, or even before the opener this year.

Lphill's picture

Jones does not play like a first or second round pick , he wants to stay because probably nobody but the Vikings would sign him.

chugwater's picture

I'd give him one more year. Not a lot of sacks, but he wasn't awful either. It's asking a lot to take a guy who's made a living with his hand in the dirt to start over again in a two point stance. Just takes a little patience.

4thand1's picture

Ted get off of your ass. You let 3 corners go already and we have shit. Rodgers wants Cook but nobody can tell you what to do, WTF. So we'll draft 3 or 4 CB's in the last 3 years? I f you miss again, another year wasted. Frustrated.

GVPacker's picture

Ted Thompson probably thinks this years draft is loaded with TE talent. He doesn't want to give into Cook's agent's demand's. I'am guessing Cook is one and done with the Packers. Looks like another season will be wasted.

rdent's picture

How does Martellius Bennett sound?

chugwater's picture

Do you assume Randall, Rollins, Gunter, and Hawkins are all busts?

stockholder's picture

I assume Capers is going no where. These guys all spoke highly of him. He only needs to replace shields. And these guys are going to play better. They needed depth last year. And thats what TT will get this position. Rollins is are new Adams. Time will tell.

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

Well Peppers signed but not with the Pack good luck to him guess it is not ring for him.

holmesmd's picture

Well, he wasn't getting one in GB either. At least he's finally going home. CAR also will have a much better defense than GB. They already do but certainly do as of today! We shall see.

chugwater's picture

CAR defense was ranked 21st last year. GB was 22nd. Four yards per game difference.

But whatever.

holmesmd's picture

CAR defense played poorly last year but I think they had a lot of injuries just like GB. I do think they have more defensive talent on the roster. I certainly never said that Peppers can put them over the hump but they were in the NFCG 2 seasons ago. They aren't a bottom of the league team IMO.

DesertPackFan's picture

Nevermind who has the better TEAM I guess? LOL

It was assumed all along that Peppers woudn't be back in GB. No big loss he signs w/ Carolina. Either way he ain't gonna put them over the top and make them SB champs.

holmesmd's picture

I'm used to banging my head against the wall at this time of year but it's time for Murphy to intervene. TT appears vacant and barely able to speak a complete sentence. It appears that he has a variant of advancing dementia, perhaps from CTE. As sad as that is, someone needs to take the reigns, seriously! GB stopped talking to Cook?! WTF?! He wanted to stay, Rodgers wanted him to stay, and MM wanted him to stay. TT has way too much unbalanced power in GB. Move him to scouting and get another GM in there before the whole team is dismantled! The Packers have gotten markedly worse on paper over the last few days and the draft WILL NOT fix that for 2 years if at all. Something is very wrong in GB. If Rodgers decides to squeeze them, it could get really ugly.

Tarynfor12's picture

" I'm used to banging my head against the wall "
Don't let us stop you.

Mojo's picture

This isn't meant to be a bash Ted post, but I wonder if what Holmes says isn't true. Is TT suffering from the effects of aging combined with head trauma he may have sustained as a player? It certainly wouldn't be out of the ordinary. And if so, Murphy needs to step in and let him know he needs to move on to another position in the organization.

Never a loquacious speaker, Ted's speech pattern has become more garbled and muddled throughout his tenure. I read recently someone within the organization says he's still very sharp and aware on evaluations, but you have to wonder how often his underlings swim in the opposite discretion.

chugwater's picture

His speech pattern isn't garbled. It's called a 'drawl'.

Might have CTE/head trauma, but still very sharp and aware of evaluations. FFS...Is it too hard to show a little respect for Ted? Nothing like dredging up a bunch of innuendo to slam a guy who spends hours upon hours trying to make the Packers Super Bowl contenders.

My goodness.

Samson's picture

Are you still his gardener? -- It would explain how you "think" you know TT personally. -- Try this. -- Those who overly defend someone they don't know are as ridiculous as those who bash someone they don't know.

chugwater's picture

I never claimed to know Ted personally, but feel free to beat that strawman.

I challenged comments that were disrespectful to anybody. Doesn't matter if they were aimed at TT, your neighbor, the mailman, a relative, or anybody else. If you don't have proof or medical training to ascertain that someone is 'losing it', then show some class and keep the innuendo to yourself.

You may call it 'overly defend'. Where I grew up, it was just common decency.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Hard to believe people wrote such things, including an MD.

holmesmd's picture

You guys are really taking my comments wrong. I'm a physician and made a comment based on medical observation that was a hypotheses. I never said it was a diagnosis and it wasn't intended to be an insult, merely a possible explanation for the observed behavior. I also stated that if CTE was the case, it was "sad". So why is everyone so butt hurt?! I've been a practicing Emergency Physician in Chicago for 20 years who has taken care of countless head trauma patients both acutely and chronically. Try not to be so sensitive folks.

chugwater's picture

Not a diagnosis? You start by questioning his mental state and smearing him with 'vacant','barely able to complete a sentence', and 'advancing dementia'. And then you segue into firing him from his job. Sounds like you've already rendered your verdict on TT.

Turns out Ted made one of shrewdest moves in the first couple days of free agency by signing a top drawer TE for less money than what Cook was asking for. You must be amazed that someone who can barely spit out a coherent sentence was able to pull that off.

Mojo's picture

No one's "disrespecting" Ted. It's just an observation after listening to him for nearly a dozen years. He was never a great orator, but over the years it's becoming harder and harder to listen to him. It's not just me noticing this but just about anyone else I'm watching with. And it's not just his drawl.

If his acuity has waned over the years it's nothing to be ashamed of. The brain is just another part of body, subject to the vulgarities of the aging process. A former player, taking multiple shots over a ten year career might be even more susceptible.

Don't know how how sharp Ted really is. Neither do you. All I know is what I hear in his infrequent interviews. If I see a person limping, I can assume somethings wrong with his leg. Same with this.

If the organizations most important person has lost his ability to judge then it's in everyone's best interest to move on. If you read my posts from years ago, you'd find many championing Ted, I have a great appreciation for what he's done for GB.

DesertPackFan's picture

He's sharp enough that Wolf, who does know him very well, recommended him for the job. And sharp enough that he's leading one of the greatest franchises in all of sports. Seems he must be pretty damn sharp to me.

chugwater's picture

'Don't know how sharp Ted really is. Neither do you.'

Bingo! Completely agree. So why are you feeding this narrative? Why make a non-football, personal comment about a guy you really know nothing about when it comes to his mental state?

Mojo's picture

If you're watching a Packer game and lets say Damarious Randall is getting torched all over the place, it's OK to declare he's playing poorly. It's not necessarily a statement against his character(all though it could be), but an observation.

You, me and everyone make trillions of observations over a lifetime. Sometimes those lead to judgements. Despite what you might think, acumen is essential for the well-being of creatures that rely on their brains as anything else.

The Doc was just making a declaration based on years of observation in the medical field. I would say his expert opinion is much more valid than yours, And from what I read, none of his elocution was mean spirited or ill-willed, Just the opposite. Instead you poorly judged and insulted him, playing the sensitivity card. Due to your callous and misinformed attack on the Doc, I think you owe him an apology.

chugwater's picture

I'll descalate this a little and concede I don't think you or the Doc meant to be mean spirited. But I still maintain it was in poor taste.

Your Randall example is not an apt comparison. We are greatly exposed to the on-the-field performance of players during the season. Replays, post game analyses, online data, All 22 access, expert commentary...it's a solid stream of information from which one can make a competent assessment of a player's performance over the course of a year.

Now if Doc is TT's personal physician and has examined Ted's medical history, intimately observed his behavior over the years beyond an annual press conference, and analyzed his medical tests then I'll give credence to the Doc's medical assessment of Ted and offer an apology. However, if he did not have access to this information then I maintain alluding to dementia and calling for his demotion because of it was an unprofessional thing to do.

I stand by my critique.

Good day.

pooch's picture

Jared Cook is now reported that he is moving on from Green Bay....heard scratcher

DesertPackFan's picture

But Martellus Bennett is moving TO GB. Call it a draw.

NitschkeFan's picture

Nothing all that unusual for Packers off-season so far. It is day 2 of free agency and one big contract and a couple of small things done so far this off-season.

More than $30 million in cap room still available. Is TT developing dementia? Maybe. But it ain't over until much of that $30 mill has been spent.

I live near Buffalo and they are talking on their sports radio channel like Hyde is a Pro Bowl DB!? Anyone who follows the Packers think that? Anyone here think TT should have paid Hyde 6/18 over next three years?

Bills lost free agent CB Gilmore who was pretty good. But at $14 million he better be Richard Sherman good. Would I prefer him to the garbage the Packers have at CB? Sure, but his cap hit for the next few years is very risky.

I wish the Pack had locked up J. Cook by now and so far that's my only concern. Does the team have many holes to fill? Of course. Calm down until we see how the next $30 million is spent.

DesertPackFan's picture

Martellus Bennett signed. Call it a wash between he and Cook.

Mojo's picture

I'd be much more excited about the Perry signing if we were adding him to an already impressive defensive front. But all we've done is hold serve. And that's not even really the case. He's getting more than twice what he did last year. Heavily front-loaded contract to boot, so once the check clears you're banking on his professionalism and pride to put forth the effort worthy of that kind of cash. We get back the same player we had last year, but get to pay him lots more without much of a money incentive for him to go all-out. Yeeeehaaaaa.

We've already lost Peppers and Hyde along with Guion suspended for the first four games if he's even in the teams plans next year. They've also cut Elliot. Now I'm all for a reshuffling of the deck after the crappy performance last year, but they're going to at least need some warm bodies to fill the roster. And we might need to restock on offense too, especially if Cook leaves, so it's not like Ted can go all in on the defense in the draft.

chugwater's picture

Restock an offense? Did we cut Nelson, Cobb, Bulaga, Bahktiari, Lindsley, Rip, AR, Allison, Adams, and Taylor? Who did Lacy sign with?

(I'll concede you didn't know about Bennett when you posted, but Cook still hasn't signed with anyone yet either.)

Defense has a lot of young players with upside plus an upcoming draft tailor made for GB's needs at pass rusher and CB. Make sure you overlook and discount those.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I agree with the gist of your comment, Mojo. IMO, the Perry contract is simply not front-loaded. I wish it were.

Mojo's picture

I think he's guaranteed nearly $21 mil in the first year of the contract, That's over 1/3 of the total value of the 5 year deal, That alone is enough to hang up the cleats if he gets tired of the pounding,

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Cash in hand isn't the same as front or back loaded. Almost all of the guaranteed money is conveyed immediately to Perry via a signing bonus. But for cap purposes, the guaranteed money from the signing bonus is spread evenly over the life of the contract, and so by definition it isn't front of back loaded. Perry still has significant dead money in year 5 ($3.7M) and $7.4M dead to cut him prior to his 4th year.

You are spot on though, he gets almost $21M in 2017 ($20.8M), and that is a third of the contract. Even after taxes, he can live comfortably on that.

dobber's picture

There's enough in base salary and roster bonuses in the middle years of that deal to make it something for him to play for...

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

Say what Elliott too and Cook will not be back by news source. Well new team here we come oh yeah for the fun UFDA plug and play.

Lphill's picture

Ok so now Bennet instead of cook ?

4thand1's picture

I EAT MY WORDS!! MARTY B BABY. SORRY TED.

EdsLaces's picture

Let me Martelllll you somethin!!!

pooch's picture

We got Bennet now go get Hightower and restore my faith in T.T

pooch's picture

We got Bennet now go get Hightower and restore my faith in T.T

DesertPackFan's picture

Barwin would be a much better signing for the Packers. He's a natural OLB where Hightower is a natural ILB. Barwin is even good when asked to play coverage. Barwin > Hightower, no matter how you cut it.

Tarynfor12's picture

But, didn't another article here have many saying how Cook made Rodgers b..b..b..better. I guess Thompson had some imput from Rodgers to the opposite thinking and why he, Cook, is now looking for a team with QB to blame whike looking b...b...b....bad again. : )

dobber's picture

Better blocker than Cook, very good receiver. Hopefully his head is on straight.

Piece by piece...gotta see the contract specs, but Bennett is a step in the right direction.

4thand1's picture

leap

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I'm still pissed he got flagged for roughing Luck. It's been 3-4 years. I guess I'm not getting over it.

4thand1's picture

If it would've been Cam, no flag.

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