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Nate Palmer was Just as Befuddled as We Were

Todd Gurley and Nate Palmer

If you were wondering what former Green Bay Packers, now Tennessee Titans linebacker Nate Palmer was thinking over the past few days, we now have a pretty good idea.

Something like, “what the f*#k?”

Palmer was released by the Packers on Friday. That certainly came as a surprise to Palmer, who started 10 games for the team in 2015. Although his performance wasn’t up to snuff, the circumstances surrounding his release certainly are curious.

For one, the Packers have very little depth at inside linebacker. In fact, that group now consists of only Jake Ryan, Sam Barrington, Joe Thomas and Carl Bradford. Barrington is coming off a season-ending injury, Thomas is too small to be an every-down player and Bradford has never shown enough to even get a sniff of playing time.

At least Palmer had starting experience. Looking at that lackluster group above, that alone should have guaranteed him a roster spot going into training camp.

Second, the timing of the move sure was interesting. If the Packers didn’t like Palmer, why did they wait until April 8 to release him? Why not release him when the season ended? They’ve just now evaluated the guy and have decided he can’t play for the team? What were they watching all season?

Is there special in-season game film that only shows good plays? Maybe that was the Packers’ problem last season.

The coaches only got film that showed positive plays. Some of those reels must have been real short…

Anyway, the point here is the timing and circumstances of Palmer’s release were strange. They were strange to Palmer, as well.

Nonetheless, he went the classy route.

We went over the likelihood of Palmer making an impact in Tennessee, yesterday. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that’s likely. However, we will wish Nate Palmer the best of luck.

It looks like the Packers shafted him, but he handled it like a man.

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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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5 Comments

  1. Tuson Packer April 12, 2016

    Eh, not your classiest move, Packer Brass

  2. Kato April 12, 2016

    Carl Bradford? Thought he was cut?

  3. Ferris April 12, 2016

    Last year GB draft CB-CB-CB this year LB-LB-LB

  4. ay hombre April 12, 2016

    Perhaps this “Clay is an outside backer” business is bull shit?

  5. Pocahontas April 13, 2016

    They’ll draft an ILB in the first 3 rounds and in rounds 4-7.