It takes one to know one, as the saying goes. Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler, in an article appearing in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, spoke to the possibility of the Packers pursuing upcoming free agent safety Dashon Goldson of San Francisco. "If (Green Bay) had a kid like that, he could put you in a position to have two of the best safeties in the league," Butler said. "He has good size, good instincts, runs well and he'll hit you. He's one of the most complete safeties right now. But again, it's definitely going to cost you some money." According to reporter Tyler Dunne, Goldson is reportedly looking for a deal that will pay him $8 million per season. While the Packers most definitely could use a player like Goldson, it's unlikely they come up with the money he'll command.
Now that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has signed a deal making him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL, attention in Green Bay turns to how the deal will impact the next contract Aaron Rodgers signs. "Theoretically, the Packers could get an extension with (Clay) Matthews done, then shift their focus to Rodgers while taking a wait-and-see approach with (B.J.) Raji, knowing the franchise tag would be an option for retaining him," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "That (David) Dunn represents all three players could help the process, but no one knows for sure." That would seem like the natural process to get things done. But with Flacco making in the realm of $20 million per season, Rodgers would figure to exceed that.
More on the Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers connection comes from Fox Sports.
Linebacker Clay Matthews is called the most undervalued player on the Packers roster by ProFootballFocus.com. "If it wasn’t for a hamstring injury that kept him out of four games, Matthews could have put up some monstrous numbers," writes Michael Renner. "Even still, the fourth-year linebacker was the second-most valuable player on the Packers, and the second-highest graded 3-4 outside linebacker. Something tells me he won’t be on the undervalued list for long." It wouldn't surprise me if Matthews signs a contract extension before the start of free agency in a little over a week. Of course, I wouldn't be surprised if it takes a little longer than that as well.
LeRoy Butler recently delivered a cheesehead bed to a contest winner in Wisconsin.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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