As we predicted when the Green Bay Packers signed guard Lane Taylor to a contract extension, center Corey Linsley is next man up.
Over the past year, the Packers have locked up left tackle David Bakhtiari and left guard Taylor. If the team wants to keep their offensive line functioning at a high level, Linsley would logically be next. He’s in the final year of his rookie deal.
That is the Packers’ thinking exactly.
Pats have been discussing a new contract for Kyle Van Noy. Steelers progressing on one for Stephon Tuitt. Pack negotiating w/Corey Linsley
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 8, 2017
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga is under contract through 2019. Bakhtiari is signed through 2020, as is Taylor.
If the Packers lock up Linsley, which we would expect, the one wild card is the right guard spot. It’s currently held down by former All-Pro Jahri Evans. However, he’s only in on a one-year deal.
At 34, Evans isn’t a long-term solution. So perhaps that spot ends up being a draft pick. Perhaps it’s one of the nine offensive linemen the Packers kept around on the roster — 10, if you count Don Barclay on IR.
As for Linsley, is he one of the best centers in the NFL?
We certainly wouldn’t say that, but he’s good enough. He might end up getting paid like one of the best centers in the NFL, though.
Ok then, i’ll ask because it begs the question…..so why would Linsley get paid like one of the top centers in the NFL?
Because Ted sometimes outbids himself.
Dude. You know the answer to this question. TT. Lol.
To expand further on this point, anytime you have a starter at any position, and they get a second contract, it is usually a top ten player at their position contract. That goes for any team, not just the Packers.
because these big contract extensions prove how brilliant his draft picks are
lol…I have to say MR, that never even crossed my mind. As fucked up as that sounds, you might be on to something.
Don’t get me wrong, i think Linsley is a good enough center. I just get salty whenever the subject of the O-line is brought up. Hopefully he can stay healthy. Hopefully all the starters can stay healthy.
I agree about the O-line, I just don’t get how there is no depth entering the regular season…pretty sad when Barclay is/was the top backup.
He will get paid like the top center for the same reason Stafford is the highest paid QB…timing,necessity, and the fact that he is at least slightly better than any other option available to them currently.
OF COURSE THERE WAS TRETTER. Who signed 3 years 16.5is million with the Browns.
You can debate the amount Stafford got paid, he is over payed imo, but he got paid for the following reasons….
1) He’s productive.
2) He’s available, he hasn’t missed a start in the last 6 season’s.
3) QB’s are a lot harder to find than centers.
4) Two to four years from now, his contract will be steadily sliding down the QB pay scale.
Ted overpays his players because he has no depth, so when he has a good player, regardless of injury history and availability, he over pays. Because he over values them.
Ted Thompson wasn’t always a joke. But make no mistake about it, he’s a joke. I also believe he’s becoming a joke around the league. If we as fans see how pathetic Ted has been, in his failed attempts to draft talent for this defense for years, don’t think his peers in the NFL don’t notice it. He’s also making Mark Murphy look like an impotent joke.
Unfortunately, when this clown act calls it quits and retires, They will go home and bask in the tens of millions they’ve paid themselves, and leave the clean up to the next President and GM of the Packers.
But, there is good news down the road….after all is said and done, after Rodgers retires, and we are a team trying to reach an 8 win season. We’ll always have the new sledding hill to play on, then after we can enjoy some hot chocolate and talk about the one Super Bowl we got to with Rodgers at QB, while standing next to the Ted Thompson statue.