Jclombardi highlights Packers headlines with commentary.
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Tuesdays with Frank Zombo: Who would’ve thought I’d be starting games for the Green Bay Packers?I was always one of the better players growing up, but … I’d like to think that I’ve stayed the same. I haven’t gotten big-headed or anything like that, because I realize that this could be taken away from me tomorrow. I still am close with all my friends and family back home, and I always try to stay level-headed. Walking out to Lambeau for the first time for the first game I played in – that first start against the Colts (on Aug. 26), when I knew I was going to play a lot and I was going to have a big role–that was quite an experience. Night game, Lambeau Field, sacking Peyton Manning–it was just unreal. I’d love to play this game for as long as I can. I think I can do that, staying healthy, God willing. But I’m just focused on this next game. It’s really important. And I’m not just saying that because everybody says that. Really, this game is very important to me. I’m trying to secure a spot on this team for a long time, and this is the next step in doing that.
Packers lose out on Lynch: The Buffalo Bills traded Marshawn Lynch, not to the Green Bay Packers, but the Seattle Seahawks. GM John Schneider pulled the trigger on a deal that brought Lynch to the Pacific Northwest for what ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported is a fourth-round pick in 2011 and an additional, conditional pick in 2012. The trade was first reported by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. The deal happened eight days after an NFL source said the Bills had finally decided to start discussing the idea of trading Lynch after rejecting teams’ overtures including those by the Packers.
Not trading for Lynch is missed chance for Packers: Packers general manager Thompson sat by idly Tuesday as the Buffalo Bills traded halfback Marshawn Lynch, a player Thompson coveted in the 2007 NFL draft and one the Packers need desperately in 2010, to the Seattle Seahawks. The Bills received only a fourth-round draft pick in 2011 and a conditional pick (a fifth or sixth) in 2012 for Lynch, a former first-round pick who has some personal baggage but is only 24 with two 1,000-yard seasons and one Pro Bowl on his NFL resume. By league standards, that’s a bargain-basement price. Lynch is rugged enough to be a workhorse and fast enough to be a big-play threat. But despite the Bills’ obvious desire to trade Lynch, the Packers couldn’t get anything done. That turned this episode into just another example of why the Packers, while close, haven’t been able to get over the hump and become a Super Bowl team on Thompson’s watch. He’s done a solid job of developing a deep, talented roster, but he simply refuses to mortgage any part of the future — translation: draft picks — to plug a leak or give his team the firepower it needs to take the final step and become a Super Bowl team.
Moss headed back to Vikings: The Vikings and the Patriots have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send the Pro Bowl wide receiver back to Minnesota for the Vikings’ 2011 third-round pick on Wednesday. The Patriots are only getting a third-round pick in return for Randy Moss, a year after they got a first-round pick for Richard Seymour. The Vikings have already bent over backwards to bring back QB Brett Favre for one more season, ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert writes, so why not take every step to surround him with a comparable set of skill players?
Woodson is pictured diving into the end zone to score after intercepting a pass Sunday against the Lions at Lambeau Field. According to a spokesman for Sports Illustrated, Woodson’s appearance marks the 33rd time the Packers have made the cover, tying them with the San Francisco 49ers for 11th all-time among teams. The cover story is “Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood.”