Since there is not a whole lot going on right now in 2009, let’s take a look at 2010.
If you thought this free agent period was a frustrating one, prepare to take your Valium early for 2010. With 13 unrestricted free agents, there are bound to be some even tougher decisions looming for management next season.
I understand it is hard to come to any firm conclusions without factoring in the play in 2009, but barring Hall of Fame performances, I think we can already take a good shot at a guessing game of who stays and who goes.
This is how a see it:
Will Blackmon: Provided he stays healthy and continues to improve, I think it is safe that the Packers will make a run at keeping Will around for the long term.
Daryn Colledge: The guy has done everything the Packers have asked him. The versatile lineman is rewarded with a new deal during the off-season.
Jason Spitz: Spitz has continued to improve, and barring a complete meltdown, Spitz will be a Packer in 2010.
Atari Bigby: If he returns to the player he was in 2008, expect Atari to remain a Packer. If he fails to get healthy, the dread locked defensive back will be hitting the streets. Not to mention that fact that he gets tons of hoes.
Tony Moll: Like it or not, the Packers keep Moll just in case. With uncertainty higher than ever on Rodger’s blindside, Moll makes the cut as a warm body. Great.
Ruvell Martin: Every year I say it’s time for Ruvell Martin to break out. Ever year I keep waiting. However, even with an average season, I think you see Ruvell sticking around. A good friend of Rodgers, an aging Donald Driver, and plenty of opportunity, leave Ruvell knocking out a friendly Ferguson type contract but actually playing his worth.
Out of Here
Chad Clifton: It’s been a great run for Clifton. His days as a Packer end in 2010. He is just too much money for too many questions. Like many great players, his body is going to finally let him down.
Nick Collins: Too much dough for too much show. I suppose there is a possibility that Collins gets re-signed this off-season. If not, so ends the
Charlie Peprah: Sorry Charlie, you can be replaced much cheaper by someone much better.
Ryan Pickett: The big grease gets greased from Green Bay. The converted 4-3 nose tackle will leave the Bay for one more payday in a more comfortable scheme.
Johnny Jolly: After sitting out a likely suspension in 2009. The Packers part ways with what could turn out to be a public relations nightmare. No way Jolly gets any kind of big payday from the Green and Gold.
Tory Humphrey: Finley will start to come into his own this season. If Tory makes the team in 2009, he becomes disposable in 2010.
Aaron Kampman: Here comes the arguments. Aaron Kampman will not be a Packer in 2010. The guy has one nice payday left, and he isn’t going to get it from the Packers regardless. He will be lauded as Packer people and replaced with a more reasonable option. I love Aaron Kampman, but the Packers will never pony up what the pro-bowler is going to ask.
Here ends my predictions for the 2010 off-season. I expect it to be profanity filled and twice as heated as usual. I think the Packers are left with four big holes at NT, OLB, T, and safety. Hopefully, someone steps up to fill those empty shoes this season, if not, expect Ted to dip deeper into free-agency than he ever has in the past.
That is if Ted is still running the show.
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