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Packers Calendar: Waiting to Hear on Vance Walker Visit

The Green Bay Packers have yet to sign a free agent from another team, but that could change if they bring in former Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Vance Walker for a visit.

From Rob Demovsky of

The Packers expect a visit from free-agent defensive tackle Vance Walker perhaps as soon as Friday. Walker, a starter for the Oakland Raiders last season, doesn’t have star power but could provide some depth on the defensive line. Walker visited the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.

If the Chiefs are truly motivated to sign Walker, they may not want him to leave town before signing a deal.

The Packers might have their work cut out for them, prepared to offer a more lucrative contract, if they even hope to have the visit actually occur.

Should they sign Walker, he would be a new face on what could be a new-look defensive line in Green Bay with B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly and C.J. Wilson all free agents.

Friday morning on Cheesehead TV, we'll be interviewing defensive lineman Josh Boyd, and ask him the status of the position.

Boyd joins us at 8:30 a.m. CT on our morning talk show, Railbird Central. Our homepage will be taken over by the live broadcast at that time. Tune in.

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ben's picture

#1 Priority signing, Sam Shields, check
#2 Priority signing, Melton or Neal, check
#3 Priority signing, Quarless, check
#4 Priority signing, EDS (2 years, 8.25 million)
#5 Priority signing, Lattimore, check
#6 Priority signing, Jared Allen (1 year, 9 million)
#7 Priority signing, Jolly &/or Raji

2014 53 man depth chart

[TRADE: Scott Tolzien(QB, 23pts), Round3Pick21(165), Brad Jones(19) = 207pts } for { Cleveland's Round4pick6(92), Round4pick27(49), Round5pick5(40), Round6pick4(26)= 207pts]

QB: Rodgers, Flynn, Connor Shaw(Round5pick21)
RB: Lacey, DuJuan, Franklin
FB: Jay Prosch(Round4pick21)
WR: Cobb, Jordy, Boykin, Jeff Janis(Compensatory4th), Harper
TE: Quarless, Stoneburner, Bostick, [Colt Lyerla/Blake Annen/AC Leonard](compensatory6th)
OL: Bakhtiari, Sitton, EDS(2year), Lang, Bulaga, Barclay, Tretter, Sharrod
DL: Neal, Daniels, Datone, Boyd, Zak Kerr(Round6Pick4), Beau Allen(Round7pick21), Justin Ellis(Round4pick27), [Jolly/Worthy]
LB: Perry(LOLB), AJ Hawk(ILB), Matthews(ILB), Jared Allen(ROLB), Kyle VanNoy(Round2pick21), Mulumba, Lattimore, Sam Barrington
CB: Shields, Davon, Heyward, Hyde, Phillip Gaines(Round4pick6)
S: Burnett, [S:Justin Gilbert/S:Ryan Shazier](Round1pick21), Sean Richardson, Dezmen Southward(Round6pick21), Dontae Johnson(Round5pick5)
ST: Goode, Crosby, Masthay

Evan's picture

An old 4-3 DE playing OLB. A rookie LB playing safety. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.

ben's picture

Just an old DE?
4.72 40, 265lbs, 13 reps, 4.34shuttle, 7.11 cone. Those are 3-4 OLB numbers if I've ever seen'em.

And Jerod is a better pass rusher than clay Matthews. Or at least has been with 21 more sacks over the past 5 years. That's almost 50% more production as a pass-rusher, an f'n lot.

From what can and should be considered an upgrade of pass-rush from the OLB position. To a definite huge upgrade in run-support, coverage, and pass-rush from the ILB position. Jared Allen could instantly upgrade the packer's 3-4 linebacking core to the very best in the entire league.

I'll take the freaky athletic Justin Gilbert or the even more freaky Ryan Shazier over dix and pryor at safety anyday. Dix and pryor can't cover anyway. Shazier is a "Once in a generation" kind of athlete, but still should be there at 21. Ryan Shazier could be the ultimate in the box safety, allowing Morgan Burnett to return to his ball-hawking ways. The super Okie with extra coverage ability. Shazier is much quicker than dix or pryor. He's also taller and can jump much, much, higher. Shazier is also much, much, much faster and stronger than dix or pryor. Ryan Shazier also happens to have more pass-breakups in his career, at LB, than Dix or Pryor do, as Dbacks.

Thanks Evan, It is a tasty recipe. The only change I could concede is drafting a Center/Guard prospect, such as [Trai Turner/Bryan Stork/Tyler Larson/Russell Bodine] with the 27th pick of the 4th round. And/Or work a trade for the great LaMichael James.

Evan's picture

haha...I think once a player hits 30, his combine numbers are no longer relevant.

Evan's picture

haha...I think once a player hits 30, his combine numbers are no longer relevant.

TommyG's picture

So accurate it needed to be said twice!

TommyG's picture

My eyes still get tricked into seeing "Vince Wilfork".

Allan Murphy's picture

peppers or allen ?

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