Word out of Jacksonville today is that a bevy of Jaguar players, four of them starters, will be allowed to enter free agency next month. The most interesting name on the list is that of middle linebacker Mike Peterson. Ted Thompson would do well to take a look at how Peterson might fit with his stable of linebackers. Yes, Peterson was benched earlier in the year when he had a confrontation with Jaguar Head Coach Jack Del Rio, but I'm willing to bet that had more to do with Del Rio's demeanor than Peterson's. And I also think Peterson would bring a measure of toughness and a bit of 'nasty' to a position group that is desperately lacking both, not to mention a veteran presence that would fit well with the rest of the team. All of that, and I bet the Packers could get him at a Packer-friendly rate. The cynic with a good memory might see shades of the Hardy Nickerson signing, but I can assure you, Peterson can still play.
This is the sort of player that Thompson should be looking at. Yes Albert Haynesworth is a great pipe dream. But in reality, there will be many opportunities to improve the team that won't break the Packers' cap or locker room. I fully expect the first week of free agency to be as dull this year as the last two have been.
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