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It MUST Be the Off Season...

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It MUST Be the Off Season...

Look, I understand. Players want to maximize their value to a team, and they have a limited amount of time to make as much money as the can before they begin their inevitable decline. But Ryan Grant has started 12 games. 12. Not even a season. And people are already talking about extending his contract? To be fair, it's not Grant, and it's not even his agent starting the conversation. No, it's a journalist, inventing news so there's a hint of controversy that will help sell newspapers (or drive traffic, to use the parlance of the times). Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press Gazette took it upon himself to call Grant's agent and ask about Grant's contract for the next two years. And Grant's agent answered him, saying, as any good agent would, that Grant is underpaid, which he no doubt is. But the team will take care of him.

Articles like Dougherty's start things. Already, people like my friend Steve over at PackerGeeks are starting to have opinions about what the team should do in regards to resigning Grant. Hey, he's a blogger, it's what we do. But it disturbs me because it's not reacting to a real story. It's a manufactured story by Dougherty, and already the likes of ProFootballTalk are doing what they always do and spinning it ever so negatively by using the headline "Grant Looking To Long Term Deal".

Well, no, he's not actually. Pete Dougherty called his agent looking for comment. THAT'S the story. Grant has nothing to do with it, and we should remember that before the media tries to blow it up into even a mini-controversy which they are sure to do. (I put the over/under on NFL Total Access doing a bit about Grant wanting a new contract  at two days).

Ted Thompson and the Packers will take care of Grant. Period.

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Steve's picture

I agree with you, Aaron. And leave it to PFT to hype it. I think it's only a story insofar as it's something that needs to be addressed at some point. There is no urgency, as Grant isn't going anywhere. But if I were Ted Thompson, this would be a high priority, even though Grant only did what he did in 12 games. That's not enough for me to put him in the Hall of Fame, but it's enough for me to think that he can be (at least) an above-average NFL back if he stays healthy.

andrew's picture

What about the newly available Greg Williams as GB defensive coordinator?

Keith's picture

Great call on Williams. That would be a coup if they could land him.

BTW, just wanted to say that I too am a Cheesehead living in NYC. Even though I wasn't born in Wisconsin like the two dudes who do the podcast (I was born in Staten Island), the Packers are the only NFL team I've ever rooted for, which is odd, because everyone in my family is a Giants fan.

Anyway, unfortunately the first podcast I caught was your last one, but I liked it. I appreciated the pragmatic perspective... it was quite refreshing.

packeraaron's picture

I highly doubt the Packers A-fire Sanders and B-look at Williams even if they did. Not McCarthy's style. And thanks for the kind words about the podcast, Keith. We'll do some this off-season for free agency and the draft, so check back every so often.

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