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Packers Have Lots of Roster Building Left to Do

We’re experiencing one of the most active free-agent market periods in Green Bay in recent memory. While the Packers have made only one big-name new acquisition, there have been several other moves that will impact the team – mostly on the departure side of the coin.

The 2017 Packers will be without veterans Julius Peppers, T.J. Lang, Sam Shields, James Starks, Eddie Lacy, Jared Cook, J.C. Tretter, Datone Jones, and so on. There are going to be many opportunities for players who eventually make the final 53-man roster to advance to starter roles or move up into the top backup positions.

While personnel activity has slowed down a week into free agency, the Packers are a long way from filling out their roster. The current average number of players signed by the league’s teams is 63.7. The Steelers are at the top of this list with 77 players onboard. At the bottom is Buffalo, with only 55 players under contract out of 90 slots.

Where do the Packers find themselves on the spectrum? Next to last – Ted Thompson has only 59 players signed.

Who is still out there that might be tempting to Thompson? How about ex-Packer outside linebacker Erik Walden, who quietly recorded 11 sacks in 2016, his best of four years with the Colts? The 31-year old also made 42 tackles (nine for loss), forced three fumbles and had 17 quarterback hits. He’s coming off a contract that paid him $4 million per year.

Running backs abound. There’s Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, and LeGarrette Blount. Though Christine Michael seems to be barely a blip on the Packers’ radar, with Eddie Lacy gone, his stock goes up a bit. I don’t see him as anything but a backup, however.

Rob Born

Smart drafters don’t select the best available players, they fill a team’s positions of greatest need.



  1. PF4L March 16, 2017

    11 sacks for Walden?….12 million baby…Pay the man Ted.

    Walden in the last 4 seasons, after Ted let Walden walk. Walden produced the following…..
    166 tackles
    23 sacks
    6 forced fumbles

    6th round draft pick

    Nick Perry’s production the last 4 seasons….
    134 tackles
    21.5 sacks
    5 forced fumbles

    1st round draft pick.

    Just sayin.

  2. Gort March 16, 2017

    How come so many former Packers perform better for the new team?
    That is what pisses me off the most.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK March 16, 2017

      Because this coaching staff is a fucking joke. These coaches are always playing guys out of position or running the wrong schemes at the worst times. I believe that MM and DC are the two most over-rated coaches in the NFL.

    2. ay hombre March 17, 2017

      So many? Like who?

  3. ay hombre March 17, 2017

    Walden had 11 sacks and he’s still available? WTF.

    1. PF4L March 17, 2017

      Yep…Can you believe it?

      A guy produces 11 sacks in one season…surely that earns a player 11.8 million/year amirite?

      FYI…Sportrac listed Perry’s market value at 8.5/mill a year. That # can be off a bit….but not anywhere off as much as over 3 million a year. That’s insane.

  4. Gort March 18, 2017

    I am a Packers fan and don’t closely follow other teams, so my “so many” is anecdotal, but Walden is a great example. I think that most of us notice when former Packer has a good game against us. Maybe the guy has only 1 good game all year and that is “his” game, but it still pisses me off.
    A couple names might be Cullen Jenkins, Vonta Leach, Jon Ryan. Don’t know how the $$$ numbers played out. Maybe the other teams paid too much at the time, but they were with us, along with Walden.