The Green Bay Packers continue to focus on other team’s defensive linemen in free agency. The latest guy they’re showing interest in is Oakland’s Vance Walker.
Walker is will visit Green Bay, unless the Chiefs sign him first. He’s in Kansas City today.
That’s how things went with another defensive lineman, Pittsburgh’s Al Woods. The Packers were supposed to have him in today, but he visited Tennessee on Wednesday and they signed him. That’s pretty much the Packers’ free agency M.O. — a day late and a dollar short.
You have to wonder if they don’t just offer to fly guys in knowing they’re going to sign somewhere else first to appease the fans. “Hey, look everybody! We’re being active in free agency!”
Conspiracy theories aside, the Packers have seemingly been looking long and hard at ways to improve their defensive line. That doesn’t say much for the guys who started there last year — B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly. All three are free agents and we haven’t heard a thing about any of them — from the Packers or any other team.
The Packers, meanwhile, have been linked to Oakland’s Lamarr Houston, Baltimore’s Arthur Jones, Woods and now Walker. The first three all have new teams who are not the Packers, of course.
Walker is pretty interesting. We haven’t heard a lot about him, but his production has increased during each of the five years he’s been in the league. In 2013, he had 40 tackles and three sacks.
If you combine Raji and Pickett’s 2013 numbers in those categories they would not equal Walker’s. That’s right, I said combine. That’s because neither of those clowns even reached 20 tackles and neither had a sack last year.
Walker is 6-2, 305, and played last season under a one-year, $2 million deal.