Free Agency News for Green Bay Packers Fans, Day 2

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James Jones

James Jones

Hey, the Denver Broncos are throwing all kinds of money at name players in an attempt to either, A. become the latest version of “The Dream Team” or, B. surround Peyton Manning with so much talent that it’s impossible for him to do his usual playoff choke job. But who gives a crap about those assholes! Certainly not us! This is free agency news as it pertains to you, Green Bay Packers fan.

Packers free agents

As we reported earlier, the Packers lost safety M.D. Jennings to the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears… hahahahahaha… what a joke. Perfect marriage there. Meanwhile, linebacker Mike Neal is back in Green Bay for two more years.

We’ve got nothing on center Evan Dietrich-Smith who, surprisingly, hasn’t been signed yet. Could he be asking for too much? We’ve consulted the Magic 8-Ball and signs point to yes.

Receiver James Jones was the Packer whose name came up the most on day two. He was linked with the Detroit Lions on day one, but they went another direction (and you’re going to love which one). Now, he’s being linked to the New York Jets. If Jones signed with the Jets, he’d immediately become their best, second-best, third-best and fourth-best receiver. He’d also be quadruple teamed on every snap because the Jets receiving corps is AWESOME!!!! But hey, money talks.

Oh, and has anyone heard B.J. Raji’s name? Anyone? Neither have we. Surprising…

NFC North

The Lions got their receiver. He’s a guy you know and love — Golden Tate. This clown will be in the division for the next five years if he lasts his whole contract. The Lions gave him — a perfectly mediocre receiver — $31 million because that’s what desperate suck-assy teams do. Taint’s career high for catches is 64 and his career high for yards is 898. Both came last year.

The Vikings have been quiet and the Bears, other than the huge splash they made in signing M.D. Jennings, have been too.

Guys the Packers were “interested” in

Yes, the Packers occasionally express interest in someone else’s free agents. That interest usually turns into nothing because the Packers refuse to pay market value for anyone originating from another team.

The Packers were reportedly interested in some guy named Al Woods. He’s a defensive lineman that most recently played for Pittsburgh. Was he a starter? No, but why would the Packers want a guy who can start? Woods had 16 tackles and two sacks in 2013, which is pretty much equal to Raji’s production. Well, except for the sacks because Raji hasn’t had a sack in two seasons. None of this matters though because Woods signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Titans Wednesday evening.

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24 Comments on "Free Agency News for Green Bay Packers Fans, Day 2"

    • Vijay

      Linval Joseph was a nice signing by Minnie as was the Lamarr Houston move made by Chicago as was the Golden Tate signing by Detroit. They didn’t break the bank these guys, got younger and theoretically better at those respective positions (though Chicago’s move probably won’t be as impactful as a young Peppers was).

      Houston receives a five-year, $35 million contract and the deal includes $15 million guaranteed with $21 million paid in the first three year.

      Joseph, 25, a second-round draft pick in 2010, played his first four NFL seasons with the New York Giants. The Giants apparently had little chance to keep him after the Vikings made their offer of $31.5 million over five years. For 59 tackles, 20 asssist and 3 sacks, he’s a better fat ass than B.J. Raji and he is getting $6M per, and he’s 25.

      he Detroit Lions have landed one of their top free-agency targets.

      Detroit announced Wednesday that it has agreed to a five-year deal with wide receiver Golden Tate. Terms were not disclosed, but Tate told ESPN’s Josina Anderson the deal is for $31 million with $13.25 million guaranteed. Not bad for a nearly 1,000 yd’er who blocks well and played on a run-first team with a bunch of no-name WOs.

  1. Nacho dan

    Ted Thompson is that guy ahead of you in the checkout lane pullin out all the coupons while you just sit there and get mad.

  2. Shawn Iltarion

    JJ would have been a great fit in D-troi. Personally, I am not happy to see Tate there. They overpaid for him, but dude can make some plays and already has a history of burning us.

    According to twitter, the Packers were interested in Bethea, and were in the running before he signed with San Fran. Understandable that San Fran would be more desperate for his services since they lost Whitner the same day.

    BJ Raji is paying the price for his lack of hitting the stat sheet. Either that or he is just asking for too much damn money and everyone is hanging up on his agent. The more days go by with no interest, the more likely he is to sign with the Pack.

  3. Brandon

    For these posts it would be funny as hell if you wrote your headline like that and when we came to read the article just don’t put any text in it.

  4. peter

    jesus christ can you guys get any more negative. What do you want Ted to go on a drunk spending binge just to sign guys. He got Sam which was the #1 priority and Neil who everyone thought we were going to lose. There secondary is stacked at corner with williams shield and hayward so I think their answer at saftey is obviously moving Hyde. That leave building through the draft and signing role players here and there such as Seattle did last year.

    The Broncos are the classic example of Elways great GMing by going bust because you have no plan for a sustainable future and being shitty for the next 5 years

    Yes you want to win the super bowl every year but that is not going to happen. The mark of a great franchise is drafting from the back year after year and you look at the likes of GB, New England, Balt, etc these teams know how to build for not just this year but for the future as well which I prefer to being awesome one year and suck 5 a la viking and lions

    • Kato

      Yeah, NE also signed darrelle revis and danny amendola in back to back years to help fill needs that couldnt immediately be filled in the draft. While amendola was his usual hurt self, i still think that move could pay off. I wish Ted had more urgency. While I dont want him to go Dan Synder and sign albert haynesworths and deangelo hall to ridiculous contracts, I still think that there are solid contributors out there he could have gotten for fair market value. Our corner position is pretty solid, but your secondary is only as good as your defensive line/pass rush. The packers lack those players, and need immediate help that the draft alone wont satisfy.

      They really pissed down their leg by not getting Lamar Houston. The guy is a hell of a ballplayer and young still. While he is a guy “without a true position” and you cant put him out there at one spot and tell him to just rush the passer every down, the fact he is versatile and athletic enough to line up at different spots on the defense similar to what the packers did with Woodson. Say, didnt Mike McCarthy say something about the defense becoming more multiple on defense and lining guys up at different spots? Sounds like this guy would have been perfect. For those of you that say why did oakland get rid of the guy if he was so good and they had the cap space to resign him: A) maybe he didnt fit what they wanted to do on defense and/or B) has oakland been competent at player evaluation in the past 15 years?
      Wouldn’t have minded them signing Byrd, a true ball hawking safety would have done well for this defense, and is important for any 3-4 defense (see ed reed in baltimore, troy polamalu in pittsburgh). Although he was pretty expensive, too bad green bay didnt see morgan burnetts flameout coming before they signed him for 6 million annually, they could have gotten an all pro for only 3 million more.

  5. peter

    jesus christ can you guys get any more negative. What do you want Ted to go on a drunk spending binge just to sign guys. He got Sam which was the #1 priority and Neil who everyone thought we were going to lose. There secondary is stacked at corner with williams shield and hayward so I think their answer at saftey is obviously moving Hyde. That leave building through the draft and signing role players here and there such as Seattle did last year.

    The Broncos are the classic example of Elways great GMing by going bust because you have no plan for a sustainable future and being shitty for the next 5 years

    Yes you want to win the super bowl every year but that is not going to happen. The mark of a great franchise is drafting from the back year after year and you look at the likes of GB, New England, Balt, etc these teams know how to build for not just this year but for the future as well which I prefer to being awesome one year and suck 5 a la viking and lions

  6. Neal is fucking worthless! Couldve resigned shields before last season…for much cheaper..but..no..he resigns the 2nd worst safety in the nfl to an extension! Stop smoking teddys dick..this defense isnt miraculously gonna get better on its own!

    • Shawn Iltarion

      True, there will be nothing miraculous about it.

      Instead it will be as simple as improving at safety and having your best defensive player actually on the field, which certainly would help.

      You are aware that players don’t play at the exact same level every year, right? Or do you think that Raji and Tramon had the exact same season in 2011 as they did in 2010?

      The point is- players CAN improve from one year to the next, and you don’t have to necessarily change players to improve.

      • Kato

        Actually having a pass rush would do those defensive backs wonders. While it would help having clay matthews on the field, the pass rush has to come from other sources.

  7. GBslacker

    Addition by subtraction, with MD Jennings…
    …and Reggie McKenzie?

    Big guaranteed money for Saffold, even with injury history?
    (Possibly) more guaranteed money for Saffold as compared to other recent tackle signings?
    More money to Saffold than Veldheer?
    The failed physical looks like panic to me…

    Questionable decisions with DJ Hayden and Matt Flynn.
    Seems like I remember other odd decisions about the coaching staff.

    Whether these situations are 100% McKenzie, or not — he’s really beginning to look suspect.

    After changes in Miami and Cleveland, this guy has to be on the hottest seat in the NFL these days.

  8. T Pack

    Decker & Jones is a nice 2-3 punch for Geno & the Jets. The only thing the Pack should be looking to do is get a new D Coordinator!

  9. andy

    I know its unlikley but it would have been nice to throw a bit of money at the two weak spots on the team, d-line and saftey.

    I’d also like James jones to stay, I think in the last two years he’s lost the drop-itis thing and was quite steady as far as the 3rd reciever in a 3 reciever set goes. I guess with Boykin playing well Jones became expendable.

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