Free agency is fast approaching and the Green Bay Packers’ top two free agents to be are receiver Randall Cobb and tackle Bryan Bulaga.
While the latter is easily replaceable, the former isn’t. Regardless, it appears the Packers are strongly interested in bringing both guys back. Speaking in Phoenix, team president Mark Murphy says the Packers have enough financial flexibility to manage that task.
“Yeah, I think so,” Murphy said. “It’s a credit to Ted (Thompson) and particularly Russ Ball that we manage (the cap) well and we’re in good shape. We’re hopeful, but you never really know how things are going to play out.”
The Packers sat on $8 million of cap room in 2014. That number will carry over to 2015. The salary cap is also expected to rise again, an increase that could be around $10 million.
Some deals are also going to be wiped off the books. Tramon Williams, who had a salary cap number over $9 million in 2014, comes immediately to mind. In other words, the Packers have the financial flexibility to do pretty much whatever they want to.
The only thing we can see stopping them from signing these guys is if some perennial loser comes in and offers to pay greater than market value. You know, like the Minnesota Vikings are prone to do.
Thompson has rarely overpaid players and typically refuses to get into bidding wars. See former Packers receiver Greg Jennings and now-Falcons running back Steven Jackson as examples A and B.
i’ll jump into this “hot water” first:
thanks for being the first out with stuff of interest to avid packerfans!
far from being the “national enquirer of Packerland” we get a daily fare “scooping” the kool-aid served by homer GBP news outlets that some other posters here can’t drink enough of; like wino’s living in a five SB “frog with wings” fantasy world [“if it just wasn’t for that one dropped ball, that one missed tackle, darn it?”]. well i got a theory for them: the only way we could have won =>5 SB during the AR tenure, is if history had been different, i.e., if MM and co. had blown one five years ago on the scale of this latest masterstroke, and somehow mgmt. could have woke up, dismissed them, and gotten a competent modern coach, like Jeff Fisher at that time. LOL.
Fisher? Ring meat.
The Packers are also going to wipe approximately 7.5 mil off the books as soon as they cut Brad Jones and AJ Hawk. The best way to make sure no bottom feeders such as Minnesota, or contenders such as Seattle get into the discussion is sign or tag ( and negotiate) at least Cobb before free agency starts. Cobb will be attractive to multiple teams if he hits the market.
Why do you say Bulaga is easily replaceable? We all saw what Sherrod did in relief of Bulaga in game one. Maybe Barclay can come back healthy and take that spot if need be but we saw how good that line was to keep Rodgers upright those two playoffs games with a bad leg.
as have stated before, and as an “owner”, i love all of our packer team and packer nation as i do my own family. that said, i hope people like AJ who long have provided yeoman service for the team, continue in their post playing career in some capacity commensurate with their skills and experience.
I hope Ted Thompson keeps the team strong, Cobb’s experience in the system is valuable. He returns kick and punts, gets carries from the backfield and makes plays and has earned Rodgers trust.
Bulaga completes a strong offensive line. The idea of buildiing a team should be build foundation and discard those who dont measure up. Hawk, Jones, Boykin, Bostic should go. Bush should be cut cause Richardson moved past him for ST