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Bigby goes down

Green Bay Packers’ safety Atari Bigby, one of the team’s three unsigned restricted free agents, appears to be the most likely to hold out, according to Greg Bedard, via Cheesehead TV.

Two sources said he had designs on staying away to get a contract extension, perhaps even into training camp after signing his tender.

But that was before the draft. With the Packers trading up in the third round to pick safety Morgan Burnett of Georgia Tech, the thinking of Bigby and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, might well have changed. Burnett is expected to challenge Bigby for the starting spot opposite Nick Collins regardless of when Bigby reports.

We’d hope the thinking has changed.

Bigby is seemingly always injured – he’s missed 12 games over the past two seasons – and when he has played, he hasn’t been terribly effective.

Bigby’s best season was two years ago, when he racked up 86 tackles, 5 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. He hasn’t performed close to that level since. So, if he really wants to hold out, well… that would be a pretty fucking stupid move in my eyes.

Unfortunately for the Packers, there really isn’t much depth beyond Burnett, Collins and Bigby. Derrick Martin is known more for his special teams play than for anything he’s done on defense and Jarrett Bush is… Jarrett Bush.

The Packers re-signed Charlie Peprah, who they thought enough of to cut before the 2009 season, and after that have a bunch of undrafted free agents.

If Bigby doesn’t show and Burnett takes a long time to develop, the Packers could be in a bind, but for Bigby, that’s a dangerous game to play.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Bogmon May 11, 2010

    With the unstable future due to the lack of a CBA on the horizon, I can’t fault Bigby from a business perspective…but does Rosenhaus really think he can break Ted Thompson…HELLO!?!?
    He’s not even top tier Safety talent…seriously…WTF?
    Packers should make a power play for Otogwe..( hey, we all have dreams)

  2. jeremy May 11, 2010

    Right after your team trades up to draft your replacement is a piss poor time to hold out. Drew Rosenhaus obviously has Bigby’s best interests at heart here.

  3. Al Borland's Beard May 11, 2010

    I don’t know if it’s smart for an often injured player that was nothing special to begin with to hold out when his team just drafted a player at his position early.

  4. Al Borland's Beard May 11, 2010

    Although, in a way he kind of has the Packers by the short ones as they really have very little depth at safety. Martin isn’t much of a player and Jarrett Bush shouldn’t even be playing. As for Burnett, he’s a rookie and there’s really no telling what we have in him or if he can be effective this year.

  5. Taryn May 12, 2010

    If he wasn’t getting hurt from the so-called hard shots he inflicts on others,maybe he has a shot.But right now he has an empty gun and a broken trigger.TT will be faster on the draw and Bigby will get the butt end in this one.

  6. chitter May 12, 2010

    Bigby is injury prone, slow to the ball, and hasn’t lit someone up since this picture was taken. He was a top-tier safety for a year….maybe a year and a half but he’s slitting his own throat here. Or rather Bob Sugar is.