Jackson, Spitz Moving On
The writing was on the wall. The Green Bay Packers weren’t going to re-sign running back [intlink id=”77″ type=”category”]Brandon Jackson[/intlink] or offensive lineman [intlink id=”91″ type=”category”]Jason Spitz[/intlink].
Thursday, both players signed elsewhere — Jackson with the Cleveland Browns and Spitz with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jackson got a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Browns, where he’ll serve as the team’s third-down back and play behind Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty.
Terms of Spitz’s deal are unknown, but it is known that he wanted a chance to start and wasn’t going to get that in Green Bay, where he went from a valuable starter three seasons ago to a liability last season.
The Packers are well prepared for both players’ departure.
They drafted running back [intlink id=”1618″ type=”category”]Alex Green[/intlink] in the third round of this year’s draft. Even if he fails to develop, the Packers are loaded at the position with [intlink id=”64″ type=”category”]Ryan Grant[/intlink] and [intlink id=”1038″ type=”category”]James Starks[/intlink].
As for the offensive line, the Packers only lose a backup who didn’t look capable of being a starter in limited action last season. The team has younger prospects they want to develop like Nick McDonald and [intlink id=”1037″ type=”category”]Marshall Newhouse[/intlink]. They also added guard [intlink id=”1625″ type=”category”]Caleb Schlauderaff[/intlink] in the draft.
The short of it is, it doesn’t look like either player will be missed.
Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.