I wanted to accomplish a few things today. To start, I want to tell you several interesting things that I have been hearing. Also, it’s time to call somebody out – the good way.
Before The Packer’s Lounge was even an idea, I started blogging on a little blog called The Packer Page. Just a handful of people would come there in a day, and I soon found out that running a blog was no simple task. I was amazed at the skill and dedication of the larger Packer blogs, and have always admired and come to relate to what it takes to keep things moving on a daily basis.
Besides the Nagler Land Ranch, there has always been one constant on my reading list – Brian Carriveau. I have to give Railbird Central a shout out today. When I first started reading there, I honestly thought that Brian was some old guy. Now of course we know that he looks like a 12-year-old school boy with mutton chops, but that doesn’t change the fact that Railbird is in the cream of the crop when it comes to independent Packer news and opinion.
I personally feel that Brian Carriveau has really done some of his best work this year, and am happy that he is headed to JSOnline with blog in hand. Congratulations Brian, and thanks for the inspiration for today’s and many other day’s articles.
Why am I being nice? Weird.
As I said, it is Brian who inspires today’s little bit. Yesterday, he wrote a piece on the yearly rumor mills started by various Packer blogs around the internet. Often citing unknown or unmentioned sources, they get Packer’s fan all twisted in a knot as they spew fiction almost as quickly as they can make it up. The worst thing is, their rumors aren’t even exciting.
This in mind, I have collected everything I have heard from those in the know. Solid rumors that you Packer fans can take to the bank.
Here is the…
More than one person has been telling me that Ted Thompson is enamored with Jet’s multi-purpose running back Leon Washington. Thompson is fully prepared to pay the highest tender even it means losing his first pick.
The scouting team is super high on USC safety Taylor Mays. If Mays drops out of the top-ten, look for the Packers to do everything they can to move up and take him in the first round.
Don’t be surprised if the Packers take a long hard look at bringing in Rex Grossman this season as a backup and stop gap for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers coveted Grossman when he was drafted, and at a bargain price would love to have him as a third quarterback.
Don’t expect Atari Bigby to be around next season. An unidentified source stated that coaches were unhappy with Bigby for not returning after being injured in the playoff game. Apparently, Bigby could have played but chose not to risk further injury.
The Packers will offer Aaron Kampman an obligatory contract, but don’t expect it to be nearly in the range of Kampman’s other offers. Ted Thompson feels that he can get a much better value for his dollar either in the draft, or on the free-agent market.
Finally, after playing it cool his entire career, expect Tramon Williams‘ agent to start pushing for a new contract. Although he didn’t play much better than an average nickel back this season, Williams’ agent knows he has the leverage right now, and don’t be surprised to see a holdout come training camp.
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