Welcome to the longest day of the year (at least it seems like it for me).
I'll be here all day to cover all the news of roster cuts, trades, and any another moves the Packers might be making today.
Let's start out with a big development in the NFL. Reports from ESPN and NFL Network are that the Chicago Bears have agreed to compensation for a trade with the Oakland Raiders for Khalil Mack. Now it's a matter of the Bears and Mack reaching a contract deal. That could be tricky.
I really don't think they were players. I think they were involved. They were asking what the price would be, but I don't think there was any way they were going to meet the price of two first-round picks, especially if they were going to take on a contract of that size.
They would have had potentially the highest-paid player in the league on both sides of the ball. I don't know if that's doable in the salary cap era. The Bears have a quarterback whose cap number is nothing compared to Rodgers'.
He does not. There's confusion because I caused it on the podcast. I incorrectly said he did. So he will not count against the 53 at 3 p.m. today. He'll be on the reserve/suspended list.
They have sacrificed some picks, but it sounds like players might be involved, too. We'll have to keep an eye on that.
According to Rappaport, the deal will consist of two first-round picks and a player. That's a lot.
A lot of times it's just concentration. They're not used to the ball being delivered so quickly, they're not used to the tight coverage, they're trying to make something happen before they secure the ball. But one thing about Moore, he had a ton of drops his junior year, so this is nothing new. I don't know if that was the case with the other guys. That's what has to be most concerning for the Packers.
Hey everyone! (waves) I'll be helping Tom out today as we move along with cuts. Looking forward to answering questions as well as dropping in roster cuts as we hear them. - Jim O.
It means Bakhtiari and Bulaga really need to stay healthy this year. There's a reason the Packers have money committed to those two. If they're on the field, Aaron Rodgers has a lot better chance of getting the ball off.
I don't know who's calling that a victory. I didn't. I think it was wasted time as well. I guess the only victory part of it is that they got something for him after he proved he wasn't starter material.
On my second, with many more to come.
I'll be making this point all day long. It's almost impossible to field a competitive team for the long run with the highest paid player in the league on both sides of the ball. Now, I think Gutekunst would have considered it, but not for two first-round draft picks, which is apparently the price the Bears are paying. I don't forget, the Bears have a quarterback on his rookie contract. From a cap standpoint, this isn't a hard deal for them to make.
I'm not sure, but I would guess they have already begun the process.
Not until after 3 p.m. But we'll ferret out as many cuts as we can here. Jim Owczarski, Ryan Wood and I are tapping all our sources to find out who got cut. So stick around.