Those conversations usually happen at the combine. From what I've heard, this year is not different.
Suck it up and pay them in 2017. It's not like you're going to cut them.
The Packers very well might have gone 5-11 last season, but it's completely unfair to say Ted Thompson is a "marginal" GM when it comes to the draft. If you look at the totality of his work over the past decade, he has been the single best talent evaluator in the league when it comes to the draft. His early drafts were better than his late drafts have been, but success rate in the draft is low for everybody. Every team guesses. That's why the key to draft success is stockpiling talent, which Thompson has done more than anybody. The problem isn't that Ted Thompson is bad in the draft; it's that you can't build your team exclusively one way. Once in a while, you need to sign the right unrestricted free agent. Thompson hasn't signed an unrestricted free agent in five years, and the Packers are the only team to do that. That's the issue, not Thompson's drafting.
The Packers will pick up the fifth-year option every first-round pick carries on Clinton-Dix. So in a way, that's an extension. Do not see Davante Adams being extended.
No. One player is a backup safety and nickel corner, the other your sacks leader. Priority goes to the leading sacker.
I don't know that I see potential "huge" upside (Christine Michael is not a star), but agree there's very little downside on bringing him back to the 90-man roster on what likely will be a minimum deal or something close. I'd expect that to happen. But don't feel bad, Tim. Ted often does what I'm not expecting too.
That's just not true at all, Tim. Richard Sherman was a fifth rounder. Janoris Jenkins was a second rounder. Sam Shields was undrafted. You can find No. 1 corners late in the first round. And this year's draft is supposed to be unusually deep at the CB position. So stay tuned.
With the way offenses have evolved with their pass-heavy attack, defenses more often win games on the perimeter now. That's why corner and edge rusher are the two most important positions on the field for any defense. But, yes, the Packers need to be better in the middle. Not necessarily up the middle (they're pretty good at DT and safety), but they need more speed in the middle at inside linebacker.
It's not going to happen. I think it's ridiculous to even discuss.
Considering he had the foresight to draft a future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback late in the first round when another first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback was still playing at a high level, I'd say that pass carries a lifetime expiration.
I think the best quote I've heard in my three seasons on the beat was when a reporter asked Clay at his locker one day whether he ever thinks about cutting his hair, and he said, "I do, but I ain't not fool." Or something close to those words. So, that'd be a no.
I do think you could see them draft multiple corners, provided they don't dip into free agency at that position. (Which, to be clear, they really need to dip into free agency at that position.) I think the Packers are still shocked at how quickly their CB position crumbled. Even in training camp, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins looked really good. There was never a sign that they'd have the slumps they did, slumps that were clearly amplified by injuries. That's why there's still a hope last season was a fluke, that their young guys can make improvements this offseason, but vigilance at that position would be wise either way.
Bottom line is there are many avenues to stock your roster with talent, and no GM should simply cut off one of those avenues. Draft and develop is much, much more important than free agency, but free agency in moderation is still important.
Ha, yes. And it's fair, too. Our work is out there in the public domain, just as their play on the field is out there in the public domain. Both can be critiqued. Though if you're going to argue sports writers don't understand football because they've never played in the NFL, the same argument goes the other way. (By the way, I think it's possible for sportswriters who've never played in the NFL to understand football, and I think it's possible for professional athletes to understand the difference between good and sloppy reporting, though football players know more about football and reporters know more about journalism.)
My guess is nobody. There was already an abundance of offensive assistance once Mike McCarthy took back the playcalling.
They need more depth at running back too, don't forget that. I think the positions you listed better fit what it would take to make winning the Super Bowl a likelihood, not merely possible. To make a Super Bowl title a possibility, I think you're looking at a minimum of one veteran corner and another disruptive pass rusher to team with Nick Perry and Clay Matthews.
Sure, the Packers need to get back to the Super Bowl, but you're talking about giving Ted Thompson a pass, which presumably means keeping his job. Sorry, you don't fire GMs who built teams that advanced to the conference title games twice in three years. It just doesn't happen, and it shouldn't.
You know, I find the Packers fan base as a whole to be awfully polarized right now. In one camp, you have the "Fire Ted Thompson Because He Only Won One Super Bowl" camp. On the other, you have the "Those Other Fans Are Spoiled Stop Crying About Annual Playoff Appearances" camp. In reality, there's more nuance than that. Making eight straight playoffs are historic. No, Ted Thompson shouldn't be fired. But he needs to get this team back to the Super Bowl, or his legacy won't approach what it should be. In other words, it's somewhere in the middle.
Still too early in the pre-draft process for me to really know. Hard to say before the combine.
Not if they re-sign Jared Cook, which I'm almost sure they will. Think the better plan is to draft a high-potential TE to learn under Cook.
Ted Thompson receives input from many people, including Mike McCarthy, Eliot Wolf, Alonzo Highsmith, Brian Gutekunst and others. Ultimately, he's always the one making the decision.
I'm not sure there's any way to possibly put a percentage on it, but, yes, Aaron Rodgers would immediately make the Cleveland Browns a playoff contender. Or any other team for that matter. Which is precisely why wins aren't just a quarterback stat, but the most important quarterback stat.
That's a good place to leave things today. Thanks to everyone who participated in our live chat. Enjoy the rest of your February. Make sure to check out PackersNews.com for extensive coverage from the NFL scouting combine next week.