Alex over at the Packers Lounge is calling for Ted Thompson to bring back special teams ace Tracy White, now that the seven year veteran is an unrestricted free agent. Money quote:
No one has been able to step and and fill the void left by Tracy White’s departure. He almost made a Pro-Bowl, caused a fumble on punt coverage in the 2007 Championship Game...and is coming off perhaps his best season ever. At 28-years-old he is now in the prime of his career.
I'm not sure I entirely agree that no one has been able to "fill the void". I'm pretty confident that Derrick Martin was starting to grow into that role before he was injured late in the season and that was one of the reasons the Packers brought him back on the eve of free agency. I think Alex is right that the Packers' special teams units would benefit, but White played well in Philly's 4-3 scheme last year. I don't think he's particularly suited to any of the 3-4 linebacking positions and having two special teams aces would be a bit of a luxury. (Then again, so was having 3 full backs, so what the hell...)
Where I think Alex is guilty of gross-overstatement is with the following:
In what many have called one of the greatest blunders in Ted Thompson’s tenure, releasing special team standout Tracy White in favor of Danny Lansanah has to be pretty close to the top of the list.
Cutting Jon Ryan for Derrick Frost and then holding onto Frost for months? Blunder. Tracy White? Mis-step.
That said, I really like this from the ol' Packer Ranter:
A free agent in the off-season, White spurned offers from Pittsburgh and Denver to re-sign with Green Bay." Here's a guy who was not only the most productive ST guys, he wanted to stay loyal to the Packers. And what do we do? Replace him with someone from the practice squad. TT: "We just felt Danny is a guy...that can add a little bit more juice." Are you kidding me? So many reasons this is wrong.
Ok, a BIG mis-step. But still...not a blunder.
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