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Regular readers of our comment sections will recognize the handle "CSS" - who just happened to have the exchange outlined below with Tom Pelissero during Tom's chat about the defensive line today over at the Green Bay Press Gazette:
I may get killed for saying it, but Jenkins is great trade bait. Much better 4-3 end (my opinion) than a 3-4. He has a ton of value and the Packers can slide in Jolly or Raji.
I agree one hundred percent.
And I agree one hundred percent with Tom's response:
I don't think that's a crazy idea at all, especially in this labor climate
CSS is right - Jenkins has more value on a 4-3 line. Not only that, the guy wore down something fierce as the season went on and disappeared against the better offensive lines he faced. And how could one forget Jenkins' complaining after the second Viking game? (A game, I might add, where he was simply owned)
Look, I love "Big Sexy" as much as the next fan, but he is not a natural fit at defensive end in the 3-4 and could possibly generate some interesting discussion in trade talks. Thompson would be wise to at least test the waters there. He's got to expect (everyone does, actually) that Raji will be on the field a hell of a lot more this year - they're paying him way too much to ride the pine.
Now don't get me wrong - I don't think they should just throw away quality line depth for a mid-round pick, which is what Pelissero seems to think Jenkins might fetch. I don't advocate trading for tradings sake. But all it takes is the right team, ie Owner or GM, to value a versatile defensive lineman who's a great fit for a 4-3 front to drive the compensation up past what he's probably worth. If Thompson can find someone willing to give up a 2nd or even a 3rd - he would be foolish not to entertain the possibility.