Legendary senior writer jclombardi reviews PFT Packers team checklist.
PFT presented Mike Florio’s team checklist highlighting the “checklist” to repeat for the Packers. We review them with commentary:
1. Re-sign DE Jenkins or get his replacement. Commentary: We agree DE Jenkins will not probably be back. DE Neal, DL Green, and DL C. J. Wilson are adequate replacements. MF believes Wilson possibly poised to bust out?
2. Cut ties with Johnny Jolly. Commentary: Done, except officially.
3. Bring in more veterans hungry for rings. Commentary: As a option, we agree with MF’s view to bring fresh hungry “extra accountability” players to bolster the Super Bowl champs. While they have a tight salary cap, GM TT can follow his 2010 style with available bargain veterans to help immediate needs for the Packers. We hope our luck continues in this great 2010 season story.
4. Make the decision about Ryan Grant. Commentary: We doubt RB Grant will be let go. Grant will get another year and his $1 million bonus. Grant has deemed himself healthy to regain his spot in the starting lineup. Starks, if he can stay healthy, will battle to be the top dog. Brandon Jackson is a free agent who figures to shop himself in hopes of getting a bigger hand on offense than just the third-down role he’d serve in Green Bay. Third-round pick Green has the build of a workhorse running back and the skills to play on third down. John Kuhn was a savior while switching between halfback and fullback. He is a free agent but he’d like to return. Grant says he’s open to being the backup “if it was in the best interest of the team” but is focused on returning to form as he enters the last year of his contract, which has a cap value of $5.65 million.
5. Unload ILB Nick Barnett & OT Mark Tauscher. Commentary: Yes, if the Packers let go Barnett and Tauscher, they clear more than $10 million in cap space. Yet, the best scenario is that the Packers may resign both at reduced salaries.
6. Lock up talented young players–Packers had resigned players who’ll provide the nucleus for the organization over the long haul. It will be important to get key players signed before they get a whiff of the market, especially since their attractiveness on the open market will only grow as the team continues to succeed. Thus, whether it’s Clay Matthews or Jermichael Finley or B.J. Raji or Jordy Nelson or any, some, or all of them. Commentary: We agree, although GM TT must be cautious to resign these young veterans in their solid core to extensions.