Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Mar 2014

Mandatory Monday: Bargain Bin

Film breakdowns and musings on Cortland Finnegan, Jason Avant, and others. My Patriots GM for a Day feature is also on Sports on Earth as of Monday, and it includes Cialis jokes.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 10 Mar 2014

3 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2014, 2:52pm by Arkaein


by Arkaein :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 1:24pm

I see zero chance that GB would consider signing Finnegan to play a Charles Woodson-like role, or any other role.

GB does very little in free agency, and traditionally keeps a younger than average roster. Signing a 30 year old FA would be unprecedented for Ted Thompson.

Additionally, despite a poor defense last year, most of the problems were due to injuries, and CB looks to be one of the deepest positions on the team:

  • Sam Shields (just resigned to a big contract)
  • Tramon Williams (getting older, but still capable and played well in the second half of 2013)
  • Casey Hayward (missed nearly entire 2013 due to injury, his return will be a big boost)/
  • Micah Hyde (athletically limited but very versatile slot guy as a rookie, he might transition to SS, since safety is the real hole on GB's D)
  • Davon House (started out raw, a bit inconsistent, but more than capable as a Dime CB)
  • Jarret Bush (mostly a ST guy who is stretched in coverage, but still managed to make a few big plays last year, and plenty good as a backup Dime CB)

It might have been nice to see GB after Jarius Byrd, but the price was probably always going to be too high for TT, and resigning Shields to a new contract definitely closed the door on signing another high priced DB.

EDIT: this is supposed to be a list, not sure why formatting doesn't work.

by tuluse :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 1:29pm

One thing to consider is that with over 30 million dollars in cap space, the Packers will have to spend a significant amount of money to hit the 85% minimum required by the CBA. So we might see some out of character moves.

by Arkaein :: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 2:52pm

GB typically uses available cap space to extend players already on the team.

In particular, both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are on the last year of the current deals, and are expected to sing fairly big new deals this year.

I'd guess that with FA truly starting tomorrow, they will see what happens with their less critical free agents, and work on extensions could happen either fairly soon after, or possibly sometime after the draft.

Nevertheless, GB could certainly make a big FA signing if the right player is available.