Yeah, that's definitely the perspective covering the team, will be much more interesting this offseason to see how someone else tries to build the roster. We should judge Gutekunst by what he does, not what he says. But based on what he said when hired, it sounds like he's going to be far more active in free agency, at least in looking into signing guys even if it doesn't always bear fruit. I'm expecting to hear the Packers come up on the list of teams interested in a lot more free agents this offseason.
Yeah, you can't do that. They'd have to trade future high picks to make that kind of move. That's really, really costly. You'd have to be absolutely convinced the guy is a stud Hall of Fame rusher to make a move like that. Pretty safe to say that's not happening.
That's how I've taken it, though you never know, maybe he'll finally get some more playing time this year. At times I think there's some talent there that's going unused, but then he had a couple weird plays on deep balls where he didn't seem to go after the ball. Those were strange, made you wonder what's going on with him. Is it an awareness issue? Effort/want to? He's got one more offseason to make his case.
The more I've thought about it, probably not, only because it's all relative, and most guys are training and eating better, so there's not a lot of comparative advantage. That's kind of my gut feel, though I haven't seen any studies about average age compared to 20 or 30 years ago. There have always been outliers who were so good and talented that they played longer than most. The one difference is QB, where that stuff plus the rules changes I think are starting to really extend the top QBs' careers.
Williams was a really talented guy, much to admire about him. But he'll turn 35 in March, that is really, really old for a CB. I haven't seen him play so don't know how he looked last season, I'd have to ask some scouts. But that's asking a lot for a 35-year-old to play some good CB in the NFL.
No, nobody is going to want to take on those contracts.
Have to disagree. Next most valuable is someone who can get to the QB. Then maybe the guys who protect on the outside, especially LT. Then maybe WR, either that or CB.
I think they do, they have two who showed they can play last season, plus a third (Mays) who showed some talent though also had those awful fumbles. I have trouble seeing them drafting there this year, especially with all their other needs. Sign a couple undrafted guys and see if you get lucky with one of them, otherwise go with what you had last year.
He's only about 6-2 but he has some ability. The sleeper I find interesting is Wilson from Seattle, he has surprising speed. Both he and Graham are free agents, and from what I've read I'd be really surprised if the Seahawks can afford to re-sign both.
Not until the legal tampering period begins a couple days before the start of free agency. But of course they do it all the time. The scouting combine is one big tampering convention.
This year I spoke on Kramer's behalf, Urlacher and Dawkins too. Anybody on the committee can weigh in on anyone.
Interesting question. I'd say the latter. Belichick just seems to be a big notch above everybody else.
They very well might have, though I do wonder if the change with Thompson might have happened either way. An assistant coach with another team said something funny after all that stuff happened, kind of along the lines of "Kentucky got caught cheating so Cleveland State has to go on probation again." He said, "Rodgers got hurt so better fire the defensive coordinator."
Kind of answered that earlier, so I'd add that if I'm the Packers I'm looking to add that kind of explosiveness at WR. Now, if an RB they think is kind of special in the Kamara mold is available, then they'd have to think about taking him. But if I'm them I'd have to feel really, really good about the guy to make that move. They have so many more pressing needs.
Maybe LeRoy Butler if his momentum builds.
When I say extend, it's really just a way to give a pay cut and make it more palatable for the player, and also you can spread some money into a future cap. For instance, extend Nelson by a year, give him, say, a $4 million bonus and $1 million salary, and maybe a 2019 salary of $5 million or whatever. That way he gets guaranteed money but the Packers cut his 2018 pay close to in half.
Yeah, I saw that and it jumped out to me as really interesting/plausible possibility. I don't know a lot about him other than he's fast and explosive, exactly what this team can use. I honestly don't know much about him, though. His stats took a huge drop (had only 21 catches) last year, and I know he had some injury issues. I really don't know he'd cost. You usually have to pay a premium in free agency. I'm thinking $7M or $8M a year? That's just a wild guess, would need to talk with some people in the league to get some kind of feel for that. Maybe the injury issues are bigger than I know, for instance.
OK, this will have to be the last question, other duties to get to. Thanks everybody for coming by, always enjoy chatting with you. My take is that he's the best at recognizing opponent's strengths and weaknesses, and figuring out ways to diminish the strengths and attack the weaknesses. He just seems to be really good at figuring out good matchups for his team. Sounds simple but probably hard to do, at least as well as he does it. With that, we'll call it a chat. Thanks again, we'll talk same time next week. Until then, take care.