Hello Lounge, Mr. Bacon here with another quality Packer’s free agency and draft article.
Friday is the start of the pre-season in the NFL, when all the free agents find their newest homes or tender their contracts with their old teams. Either way teams will be looking to find the players that will get them to play in February.
Ted Thompson has some cap money, and he looks to use it wisely. So here are my fearless predictions.
- Nick Collins will get his money and stay a Packer.
- Ted Thompson will be a buyer in the Free Agent pool, but, it will not be big names.
- Ted Thompson makes a trade for a player in the mid-term of his contract.
Ted Thompson’s philosophy is to not pay big for players that do not merit the money they are paid. That does not mean Ted can’t trade for a player who fits the profile of price vs. value. With the bargaining agreement, and other fun stuff coming up, I expect Ted to pull the trigger on a decent trade for a player who is good, but isn’t great yet, and plays on a shitty team.
Thompson won’t however go after people with big contracts even though the Packers are cap sound, because we already know Thompson won’t blow that kind of money.
Like the scouts, I am not sold on the guy because he comes from a system that teaches the run-option offense. I am not a Tebow fna personally, and the pick would be a crapshoot. The thing I do know is that he doesn’t have the feet of Aaron Rodgers.
Tebow is faster, but Rodgers is evasive. Rogers is developing into an elite player, although he is still working on feeling the pressure. People said Rodgers was injury prone, best rest assured so is Tebow.
This is my theory.
If Player A plays at full speed, over 16 games while Player B plays half speed for 16 games, Player A will end up staying healthy because his body has become adapted to full contact where as the B player only gets to play at half-strength against a full speed player.
This may explain Rodgers injuries the first two seasons.
The NFL Draft
I might not be able to write an article for the Lounge prior to the draft, due to the wonderful world of healthcare on Medicaid / Medicare analysis. Therefore, here are my thoughts now.
- We will not draft a lineman in the first round.
- We will have two first round picks.
- We will draft a wide receiver.
- Thompson will make a reach pick in the 3rd or 4th round.
- We will draft a quarterback in the late rounds.
Time will tell about the Packers choices, but the Packers are going to be penciled into the NFC Playoffs as at least a wildcard by almost all media pundits this year.
I expect Rodgers, Woodson, Jennings, Barnett and maybe even Lumpkin will headline a very good squad this fall.
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