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Five RFAs Not At Offseason Workouts

Mike McCarthy confirmed this morning, in a breakfast with reporters at the owners meetings down in Orlando, that FB John Kuhn is the only restricted free agent who has not signed his tender that has been in attendance so far for offseason workouts. (Spencer Havner, an exclusive rights free agent, is still away due to injures from his motorcycle crash)

That means that Daryn Colledge, Jason Spitz, Johnny Jolly, Tramon Williams and Atari Bigby are, so far, staying away.

Interestingly enough, when asked what T.J. Lang's best position might be, McCarthy answered that he thought Lang was a natural left guard, the position that Colledge and Spitz are meant to battle for in training camp.

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Nypacker's picture

I've heard that Tramon Williams and Atari Bigby were down at Florida training with Al Harris during his rehab process. So I'm not at all worried about those two, but am a bit curious about Jolly and Colledge.

Ron LC's picture

I assume the OTA's will be addressing some of the top priority areas previously identified by MM. It would certainly be advantageous for members of the defense to be at as many sessions as possible. The offensive players involved do so at their own risk. Obviously, their agents have gotten together to present a unified approach and therefore strength.
In the past, TT has instructed Ball to play hardball only to crumble at the end (Ryan Grant). Will this be the year that TT really plays hard ball? My prediction they will all settle for the tender in the end. And they will be just that far behind when they do show up. Therefore, hurting the team's chances.

Brett Cristino's picture

Outside of Bigby and Tramon, who I don't think are skipping OTAs for contractual reasons, all the other guys are going to do is give the competitors for their spot a jump start. Raji at DE, Lang at LG, and Wells at C, I pray we trade Colledge, he's just not worth it and I want Lang at LG.

packeraaron's picture

"Bigby and Tramon, who I don’t think are skipping OTAs for contractual reasons" - really? Why not?

CSS's picture

I've been saying for over a month that Lang makes the most sense at LG because he is 'plan B' behined Clifton. Regardless of who they draft Lang is the most likely to be plugged into the LT position if/when Clifton goes down. Keeping him on the left side will ease the transition.

That being said, I would love to see him exclusively at RT. I pray they're not shuffeling him because they're holding out hope-against-hope that either Giacomini or Barbre ascend in training camp. If the light doesn't go off they need to move on and let Lang focus on RT (possibly his most natural position).

nerdmann's picture

Why, oh why, must they draft tackles and move them to guard? Why? The dude showed he can PLAY at RT. Just f'n put him there. PLEASE do not turn him into the second coming of Darryn Colledge.

Brett Cristino's picture

Last I heard and saw(Bigby was in one of Harris' latest rehab videos) they were training down in FLA with Harris.

jerseypackfan's picture

So Tramon is "working out"?

Graham's picture

Bigby and Tramon are working out with Harris. Great that might be better than being WITH the team.

Jolly wont sign because he has some legal issues going on and he might need the time off.

College continues to be a idiot. Fine.

The only guy I really dont understand is Spitz. Seems like he would sign the first day and be in there working out getting his back strong with Harrell. Maybe he just dones not want to jinx himself being so close to justins back. I would stay away too now that I think about it.

Graffin's picture

Heh heh, just a perpetual black cloud over Harrel that no one wants a part of.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Wonder if that whole Lang @ LG isn't a little message to DC? I really hope he's the answer @ RT, I think he could be the guy.


Dilligaff's picture

The longer these guys don't sign leaves the door open for a long term contract, no matter how small the possibility may be from another team.

I really can't blame them, I would do the same thing. Unlike Collins, these guys know that their time in Green Bay may be short, or they will have better chances starting and getting a better contract with a different team.

Spitz, Colledge, and Bigby know they are one or two drafts away from sitting on the bench.

PackerFan4Life's picture

these ota's arent mandatory are they? if not I wouldnt worry about it to much. I also heard tramon and bigby are working out with harris in florida...lets wait till they are mandatory to attend then see how it plays out. I think the Johnny Jolly case will eventually fade away its been how long and he still hasnt had a trial or anything?

Brady Augustine's picture

I think Collins last season showed that sometimes motive is the most difficult thing to determine with these guys. When the mandatory activities come around, we'll know better what these guys are up to. It's not like I have a peaceful easy feelin' about them all but I don't see too many of these guys that would have any leverage against the organization. Jolly (looming possible suspension) Colledge (I don't know what he's thinking), Maybe Tramon but if he IS working out with Al, more power to him. Spitz, well, I would like to see him working out/rehabbing.

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