The Robert Ferguson experiment has apparently blown up in the Green Bay Packers’ face. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the 6th-year wide receiver will be either traded or released very soon. The writing was on the wall when on Thursday, head coach Mike McCarthy informed Ferguson that the team is either going to trade or release him.
McCarthy told the Journal-Sentinel, “Robert will no longer be a Packer. We’re going to go in another direction. We’re just moving on with the other guys and that’s where it stands right now. I’ll have more definitive information for you tomorrow.” McCarthy also stated that several teams expressed an interest in Ferguson. Assuming that Ferguson is released, he is eligible to sign with any team in the league. I would say at this point, the Packers, if they attempt to trade Ferguson, will not get a heck of a lot for him (probably a late-round draft choice) and his salary ($1.8 million/season) is a bit high for an underachieving WR.
One possibility is that the Houston Texans may sign him. Ferguson would then reunite with former Packers coach Mike Sherman, now the offensive coordinator with the Texans. Also – Ferguson is a native Houstonian and may take a reduction in pay to play for his hometown team. Anyone who follows the Packers probably already know that Ferguson had a very slim chance of sticking to the team roster, which more than anything hastened his departure from Green Bay. McCarthy also said, “I think it’s a number of factors. I feel good about what other guys are doing. I think Ruvell Martin has had an excellent camp, I think Carlyle Holiday has had a very good camp, and I think he really stepped out on special teams.”
Ferguson is known around the Packers as a hard worker, but he has been outshone by wideouts with lesser playing time than he. One can only hope that Ferguson can find a team to sign him, preferably by no later than the 4th week of the preseason. Oftentimes, a change of scenery benefits a player overall; let’s hope this is the case for Ferguson no matter which team signs him.