You never say anything is impossible, but I think this one comes pretty close. I certainly expect the Packers to add another RB this offseason, if not two.
No. Clay Matthews had a bad season by his standards, but you can't dismiss his significant shoulder and hamstring injuries. At his best, he's still the most dynamic defensive player on the Packers roster. They need him at his best this season.
It's really impossible to speculate what Ted Thompson might do in free agency. I was stunned he signed Martellus Bennett. Didn't see that coming. Then he signed Lance Kendricks the next day. You just never know what he's going to do. As for Micah Hyde, I think his biggest value to the Packers defense was his ability to hold down the safety position, with the idea Morgan Burnett might play more as a box ILB in nickel next season. So while Davon House's experience fills a void Hyde left, the Packers also will be counting on Kentrell Brice a lot this fall.
I remember doing a story on Ted Thompson's draft management a couple years back. Bill Polian said the best realistic rate is about 58 percent. That's a pretty good .580 batting average, but certainly shows how difficult the draft is for even the best GMs.
I hesitate only because the Packers still have enough cap room that another deal could happen, hence changing my rankings, but here's how I see the Packers biggest draft needs entering April: OLB, CB, RB, G, WR.
Here's another thing people need to remember: this draft class is supposed to be remarkably deep at OLB and CB. This is a year when you want to wait until the draft to address defense. It's a very, very good defensive draft.
They play off each other. Packers need both. In abundance.
I'm not sure where you're seeing an exaggerated amount of love for Micah Hyde. Certainly not from me. He's a solid player. His market price increased because he has ball skills as a safety (three picks each of past two seasons), and he's as versatile as it comes, including special teams value. But I find not issue with the Packers declining to pay Micah Hyde $6M APY. They should have capable replacements on the roster.
Where are you reading that, Ross? Let's not pretend people are writing things they aren't.
I haven't heard that. What I heard after the season was Ted Thompson knew his roster underachieved, and he would explore free agency more than the past. So far, he's signed three players outside his locker room, his most since 2012. The last time he signed more than three in one offseason was 2006, his second offseason with the Packers. If that happens, I'll at least wonder if things have shifted in the front office, but that's purely speculative.
Ideally, you always want a RB who can catch out of the backfield. But they have that in Ty Montgomery. The Packers need a pure runner, someone who can run downhill, someone like ... Eddie Lacy. That's who they're trying to replace. These Christian McCaffrey projections ... I'll believe that when I see it.
As for the Ha Ha Clinton-Dix mention, I would argue he's still far too inconsistent with his angles for me to say he's the most dynamic player on the Packers defense. Currently, I think that title belongs to Mike Daniels, but Clay Matthews at his best has the chance to impact games more than anyone.
Can't say I've looked that deeply into it yet. Been focused on free agency. Assuming Dalvin Cook doesn't fall to 29, I think there will be plenty of other options. The word is this is a very talented and deep RB draft.
I wouldn't say that's been his track record. I mean, the guy took Datone Jones in the first round off physical potential, traded up for Jerel Worthy for the same. That's actually gotten him in trouble at times.
For all the times Eddie Lacy said he didn't care about getting the football, I'd have to think it mattered at least some. Pretty sure the Seahawks paying almost $6M with incentives meant more.
Dale, it's never as simple as saying they need to get X and X for next season to be a success. They have Aaron Rodgers. Next season will be a success, at least how the rest of the NFL measures success. The biggest factor: they need to stay healthy.
My gut is the Packers think more of Randall Cobb than fans at this point. But I also think he needs to have a better year. He has not played to his contract the past two seasons.
Keep in mind, I did not watch a single college basketball game all year: Villanova, Arizona, Purdue, UCLA. With Arizona beating UCLA. I'm going to lose my bracket pool so bad.
At this point, I think Janis is a special teams guy. Still too early to write off Trevor Davis, but Geronimo Allison enters the offseason ahead by a significant margin.
Not really. Quite the opposite. Think his candor will be refreshing. Also important with T.J. Lang and Micah Hyde leaving. Those two were always great to talk to.
I haven't done a comprehensive study around the league, but they were much slower than the Atlanta Falcons. Especially in the middle.
Yes, I do. People forget Ted Thompson doesn't hesitate to spend big money on his own FAs. With that said, you have to sign players outside the locker room to fill roster holes. It's necessary.
They sure need him to. Will he? Way to early to know.
Yes, Mike McCarthy will always be a RB-by-committee coach. The Packers have a third-down-style tailback, someone who can catch the ball out of the backfield. They need a downhill runner. Montgomery struggles in pass pro, but that's a role the Packers could use Aaron Ripkowski for next year. It helps that Ripkowski showed he can make plays with the ball.
Don't forget 12. But, really, the need to re-sign guys early (other than extending Rodgers) isn't as big as you think. HHCD will get the fifth-year option. The Packers don't break the bank for centers. Mabye they re-sign Davante Adams early, but that probably depends on the type of year he has.
That's a good place to end today's chat. Thanks to everyone who took some time out of their March Madness to ask questions. Make sure you get full coverage of the offseason at PackersNews.com. Until next time, take care.