Greg Bedard has not been sitting around twiddling his thumbs down in Mobile.
His piece in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is stuffed with information regarding the Packers' plan of attack when it comes to their mammoth free agent class. As was reported toward the end of the year, the Packers are talking contract extension with Ryan Pickett, which is, in my view, the absolute right thing to do. Pickett did much better than expected at the nose tackle position, and the fact that his backup, top draft pick B.J. Raji, was less than awe-inspiring when he filled in at the nose, makes getting Pickett back in the fold all the more important. The defense simply operated on a different level when Raji was allowed to rotate in at defensive end and nose. Add in that Pickett reportedly is a fantastic locker room guy, I love that he seems on track to be back, with Bedard writing he could be signed within a few weeks.
In a mild surprise, Bedard also reports that the Packers next move will be to resign Clifton with an eye to trade for or draft a tackle as well. They don't view Clifton as 'the answer' obviously, but as a safeguard, which is fine. Like I wrote a few weeks ago, you simply can't count on the guy for a full season but the Packers would do well to protect themselves there.
The surprise comes in the form of the Packers plans in regards to Mark Tauscher. According to Bedard:
...the Packers may make an offer, but it's almost certain to be on the low side.Thompson said Breno Giacomini, a fifth-round pick in '08 who was active for three games his first two seasons, will be expected to compete for the job.
Jesus weepin' on the Cross, here we go again.
Not content to screw up the 2009 season with Alan Barbre, Thompson seriously intends to trot out Giacomini? The guy is a complete stiff who can't bend, can't set the edge and has a first step in pass pro that makes Barbre look like Michael Roos. I mean, it's just absurd. This reeks of Thompson trying to justify keeping Giacomini around all year, even though with the offensive line falling apart early in the year the coaching staff wouldn't make him active on game day on a dare.
I'm all for letting guys develop, and we've seen guys struggle early before only to watch as they blossomed into quality players. But that's the thing - we watched them. They were in games. Guys like Mike Whale and Mike Flanagan at least had the natural abilities to get on the field. Giacomini is so obviously not ready for prime time it's scary.
Lots more in Greg's piece that you should check out, from the plans for Colledge (see ya Daryn) and Bigby (a true disappointment) to Thompson's thoughts on Kampman coming back to the Pack (they'll offer him a contract - I'll be shocked if he doesn't sign with a 4-3 team)
Make sure you read it all. Great stuff.
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