Several reports are linking wide receiver James Jones to the division rival Minnesota Vikings in free agency. As could be expected, Packers bloggers have weighed in. “Regardless of your feelings on whether or not Jones is a guy that the Packers should be signing to a long-term deal, I don’t think that anyone will be happy to see him playing in Minnesota,” writes Kevin McCauley of Acme Packing Company. “I won’t begrudge him for leaving for big money because it’s just business, but I sure as hell won’t be cheering for him to do well.”
In the Packers-probably-can’t-afford-him category is Monty McMahon of Total Packers. “The Packers have had discussions with Jones, but the Vikings will probably drive up his price and push the Packers out of the running, despite Aaron Rodgers’ insistence that Jones should be the team’s No. 1 priority,” writes McMahon.
Adam Czech of AllGreenBayPackers.com thinks the Packers should remain in the running to keep Jones. “Jones has teased us with his raw talent over his four-year career, but continues to drop touchdown passes and disappear for long stretches of play,” writes Czech. “I’ve always liked Jones and wouldn’t mind if the Packers overpay a bit to keep him.”
Daryn Colledge is gone, and the focus has now turned to how to replace him in the starting lineup at left guard. “TJ Lang, Nick McDonald, Marshall Newhouse and Caleb Schaluderaff become the natural candidates to replace Colledge, with Lang as the clear front runner based on his experience and being the back-up left guard on the depth chart,” writes Thomas Hobbes of AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Another option to replace Daryn Colledge is listed by Brandon Benson of Acme Packing Company. “First round draft pick Derek Sherrod might have the first opportunity, but maybe they’ll want to go with T.J. Lang instead,” writes Benson. “This is a deep free agent group at guard, and it’s not out of the question they’ll bring a veteran either at a cheaper price.” He’s right that Sherrod might have an opportunity to play, but it’s highly unlikely the Packers will look for a guard in free agency with so many options available to them currently on the roster.
Taking it a step further is Monty McMahon, who thinks Bryan Bulaga could be a possibility at left guard too. “If the Packers replace Colledge with Bulaga, it’s a good sign they consider him Clifton’s replacement at left tackle,” writes McMahon.
The inside linebacker situation with Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar possibly on their way out is covered at Lombardi Ave. “Would this also be an injury that might force Thompson’s hand in gaining a player through free agency? While we doubt it, that’s also certainly not out of the question,” reads the post.
Reaction to the departure of Brandon Jackson has drummed up some reaction. “With G Daryn Colledge gone and now Jackson, the Packers pass protection has taken a bit of a hit,” writes Adam Czech. “Neither Colledge or Jackson is irreplaceable, but both were better players than most people gave them credit for.” Very true. Both were good pass protectors.
The replacement plan for Brandon Jackson is discussed by Monty McMahon. “They drafted running back Alex Green in the third round of this year’s draft,” writes McMahon. “Even if he fails to develop, the Packers are loaded at the position with Ryan Grant and James Starks.” Not to mention John Kuhn playing a large role on third downs as well, if he returns.
Commenting on Justin Harrell’s release is Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “The Packers finally decided that Harrell wasn’t worth any more money and released him on Thursday,” writes Demovsky. “Harrell played in one game over his last two seasons. It was the season opener last year when he blew out his knee.”
A column on Ted Thompson is written at Milwaukee Brian Sports.
Packerville, U.S.A. has a ton of pictures from the shareholders meeting.
Packer Update says the Packers don’t need Ryan Grant and his high salary. I disagree. It will be worth it as long as he’s a regular contributor. Doesn’t even have to be full-time.
Free agent possibilities are listed at packergeeks, but they’re of the pipe dream variety.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Cecil Club covers free agency, but their predictions on Korey Hall and Atari Bigby returning are a bit askew.
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