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Why Passing on Jermaine Gresham Made Little Sense

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We know you “In Ted We Trust” clowns are out there.

God forbid we criticize the Green Bay Packers or Ted Thompson! They are above reproach and always get everything right!

Except when they don’t.

And in not signing free agent tight end Jermaine Gresham, the Packers missed an opportunity.

Here’s why.

  1. Gresham is 6-5, 261. He’s a physical specimen. The Packers have been looking for a tall, athletic tight end to stretch the middle of the field since Jermichael Finley went down and, well, you just let him sign with Arizona. Oh, and he’s only 27, too.
  2. Gresham has had more than 450 receiving yards in each of his five NFL seasons. He’s made two Pro Bowls. He’s done this with Andy frickin’ Dalton throwing him the ball for most of those seasons. As you’re probably aware, the Red Rifle is no Aaron Rodgers. Meanwhile, the Packers’ tight ends combined for 551 yards in 2014. That’s between three guys. Three guys with Aaron Rodgers throwing them the ball.
  3. One of those three guys — Andrew Quarless — is going to get handed a suspension from the NFL for unlawfully discharging a firearm. What is that worth? You can bet it’s at least two games and probably more like four.
  4. Gresham signed a one-year deal with Arizona. That puts the Cardinals at very little risk. And perhaps Gresham comes into camp and just doesn’t have it. Or maybe the rumors are true and he isn’t a hard worker. Well, guess what. Then you have the right to cut him just like you do all of those undrafted free agents. But then the team will have to eat his signing bonus! Who cares? Guys who sign one-year deals only get minuscule signing bonuses if they get any at all.
  5. But Gresham had surgery to repair a herniated disc back in March! He’s an injury risk! Again, who cares? The Cardinals’ doctors obviously cleared him. The Saints, who also offered Gresham a contract, cleared him. So the risk is that of any other player who walks out on the field. If someone gets injured, you put them on IR and move on.

The Packers were a team with a need. They had a guy who filled that need and presented virtually no risk and all kinds of potential reward.

Maybe it wouldn’t have worked out, but why not even give it a shot when you have nothing to lose?

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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.

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17 Comments

  1. BZ in BA July 25, 2015

    Sometimes I agree with you, and sometimes I don’t. This time I do. He would have been a very low-risk pickup with lots of upside. Oh well!

  2. BOB July 25, 2015

    I do not understand why TT is considered as a good GM. His first second and even third round draft picks are as often as not bust. People talk about his later round picks and free agents making the team, but if your early round picks are busts then someone has to make the team. His picks are more often then not reaches and generally would of been available in later rounds, Case in point he chose a safety not even ranked in the top 150 while passing on a NT (Eddie Goldman) or a line backer.

  3. icebowl July 25, 2015

    Damn, I was really hoping this was gonna work out… I agree that this was only minimum risk….
    Arizona made the right move – it would be that much more painful if he turns out helping the Cards beat GB in Phoenix this season….

  4. Howard July 25, 2015

    Deliberate Ted. I like the fact Ted is deliberate. Being deliberate as a GM works well for long term strategy. Being deliberate in the short term can result in not pulling the trigger when quick fixes, or short term replacements are needed. I do admit it can be frustrating as a fan when Ted does not appear to be active, or react quickly in free agency.

    In regards to pulling the trigger. It may be optimistic to believe Goodell will initially serve Quarless 2 to 4 games. It was rumored Goodell was going to issue Plaxico an 8 game suspension for accidentally shooting himself, prior to receiving his prison sentence. That dip shit Quarless purposely fired 2 shots into the air in a populated area, allegedly. That to me seems considerably more reckless to the public than Plaxico’s actions. I wonder how many people including young kids were in the vicinity of those stray rounds?

  5. kato July 26, 2015

    Richard rodgers better produce

    1. Mike Ditka's Mom July 26, 2015

      Clearly you know nothing. Richard Rodgers is a bust and Gresham was have taken us to the Superbowl. I know that because I read Total Packers.

      1. Chad Lundberg July 26, 2015

        Then you CUT HIM if he doesn’t work out! It’s a very valid point!

  6. Kreg July 26, 2015

    We will never know how the interview went. Perhaps he just isn’t a Packer Guy. Potential locker room cancer. PASS.

    1. Chad Lundberg July 26, 2015

      Then you CUT HIM if he is a cancer! There was NO RISK here!

  7. rebelgb July 26, 2015

    What a bunch of fucking dodes. Last thing this team needs is 256 pounds of Cincinnati cancer. I mean if fucking Lewis doesnt want this guy, why the fuck would the Packers? Lewis, you know the coach that would give Aaron Hernandez another shot if he got out on parole….you know cuss black guys need the breaks, no matter how much a piece of shit they are.

    Good riddance to saying NO to Bengal trash.

  8. TyKo Steamboat July 26, 2015

    I agree with you, Monty.

    Should have given this guy a 2-year deal… tisk, tisk

  9. Mike Ditka's Mom July 26, 2015

    And when the Packers don’t get it right you bet Total Packers is gonna let you know they know how to get right! That’s why they’re write a blog about coaching/scouting instead of actually doing it.

    1. tequila July 27, 2015

      You seem like a real dipshit.

    2. MMTTDCSUCK July 27, 2015

      Awesome grammar . . .

  10. Pablo Jerkwater July 27, 2015

    The problem is that
    1) gms have to do what’s best for the team and
    2) gms have to do what’s best for the team.

    We don’t know anything about why TT didn’t sign him, so how can we legitimately say we should have?

  11. uralldumb July 27, 2015

    Let’s look at a guy’s measurables and past production as if they were relevant – and then clamor for a free-agent signing. Bunch of [email protected]#! morons.

    Of course it makes sense to you. You’re morons!

  12. Organicbuzz July 28, 2015

    Get rid of Quarless no matter what. Or brainless, whatever. Go Pack Go!!!