While sharing thoughts from former NFL executive Bill Polian, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com debates the merits of the Packers adding free agent running back Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams. "That's also the best reason for connecting Jackson with the Packers, whose offense was embracing veteran Cedric Benson in 2012 before his season-ending foot injury," writes Seifert. "I think we can all agree Jackson is a more dynamic player, even as he approaches his 30th birthday this summer, and Polian considers him one of the true gems of the free-agent class." From a pure depth perspective, of course the Packers could use another talented running back. But can they afford to add a player such as Jackson with contracts due to Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji and others.
Speaking of "affording players," the salary-cap situation of the Packers is investigated at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, in which Pete Dougherty speculates how the Packers can create some more room. "If the Packers cut (Charles) Woodson and (A.J.) Hawk, they’d pick up $15.45 million in cap room," writes Dougherty. It's also a possibility that the Packers could ask Woodson and Hawk to restructure their contracts as well. Neither situation is set in stone, however, and it will be very interesting to see what the Packers do before the start of the league season officially begins in early March.
The quarterback position in Green Bay is analyzed by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "While he didn’t miss a single game and only missed one snap – after being poked in the eye, with Harrell fumbling a goal-line handoff on the ensuing play – (Aaron) Rodgers continues to put himself in harm’s way with the number of sacks he takes," writes Wilde. Rodgers is partially at fault for a high number of sacks by holding onto the ball for too long , but it would seem the easiest way to reduce the number of sacks would be through improvement on the offensive line.
Former Packers great Jerry Kramer granted an interview to Bob Fox of Bleacher Report where he talked about the recent selection of teammate Dave Robinson (who Kramer calls "Robby") to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Robby and I and some friends went to dinner at Commander's Palace (New Orleans) on Friday night (the night before the Robinson's selection), and we just had an incredible dinner," said Kramer. "The folks that ran the place came over and fussed over us a little bit, and then they started bringing us over shrimp, craw fish, pompano and this and that, and we just had a great time. I toasted Robby about his induction during the dinner and there were 13 of us there, and Robby teared up a little bit. It was a nice moment."
A pre-Combine article on Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher is written by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline, which includes some thoughts on the state of the Packers offensive line.
Also at JSOnline, a mock draft selection from Russ Lande has the Packers taking Georgia inside linebacker Alec Ogletree.
The annual check-up series continues at Fox Sports Wisconsin with running back Alex Green.
The potential of a blockbuster 2014 induction class for the Packers Hall of Fame is speculated about at PackersTalk.com.
The Packers official website lists the top five defensive plays of the 2012 season.
Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum gets some attention at Acme Packing Company.
A mock draft at Lombardi Ave. has the Packers taking Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb is the subject of a blog post at Pocket Doppler.
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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