The Green Bay Packers let receiver, special teams ace, outdoorsman and cult hero Jeff Janis walk as a free agent this year. Maybe to the surprise of some, but certainly not me.
Janis signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Cleveland Browns. He will not be collecting that money.
The Browns released Janis on Friday.
Janis caught just three passes for 47 yards this preseason. Apparently, his special teams acumen wasn’t enough to keep him in Cleveland like it did so many years in Green Bay.
Get out there and sign him Packers! That’s surely what some of you are saying, but it’s not going to happen.
The Packers already have somewhat of a Janis clone in Trevor Davis. Good on special teams, doesn’t do anything as a receiver. That is, if he even makes the roster.
We likely won’t know that until tomorrow. While plenty of teams are starting to make their cuts, the Packers typically don’t do so until the Saturday before the season. The deadline to finalize rosters is 4 p.m. ET.
There’s some sense in that approach. Sit back and watch what other teams are doing and who is or might be available.
Surely, some of you Janis loons will point to the playoff game in Arizona where Janis exploded. And I would tell you that Aaron Rodgers never trusted Janis and Mike McCarthy was never going to play him at receiver. The only reason he was even in that game is because almost every other receiver was injured. The Packers had no choice.
This might actually be the end of the road for Janis in the NFL. We’re sure he can have a fine second career as an outdoorsman, though.
Special teams stud, but would have to dump a WR with potential. I’m more interested in Don Barclay. I think he’s a better fit than Lucas or Bell.
Barclay is worse than Murphy
This is bullshit. First the Packers don’t give him a chance, now the Browns take a big heaping pile of browns on Janis.
Rodgers didn’t trust him…
McGriddle was out to ruin his career…
Now Dorsey is trying to end this mans career….
This future All-Pro talent can’t catch a break from the evils of these men.
Am i the only one who saw this guy catch a Hail Mary pass to send a playoff game to OT?
How dare they treat our American Idol like this.
Someone, anyone….please do a welfare check on the Robster.
I’m thinking there is some serious collusion going on here. anyone have Mark Geragos’s number?
Davis is not worth much. Receiver? No. Returner okay. Release him. Janis didn’t have a chance with fat Mike. Just like Kumerow wont. Mark it meth author.
Being cut by the Browns is like a pedophile being beat up by other pedophiles in a pedophile prison for being too extreme of a pedophile.
The Khalil Mack dream is dead. Fucking bears.
I don’t blame the Bears.
But i will say this….the one fucking time you’d actually be justified to overpay someone (if you had too) this was the one.
Were the Packers even in it? Ron Wolf had his Favre and White. Ted had his Rodgers and Woodson. Gute has his…… The train pulled in the station bitch, where were you?
First Nelson…strike one
Then Mack…strike two.
I will be curious to see the final details and what the bears gave up to get him. It had to be at least two first round picks by the sounds of it.
Also, another thing to keep in mind is how the Raiders viewed the trade offers. Would you rather take two first rounders from the Bears or two from the Packers. Bears are the obvious choice here, as they will likely pick higher in the draft than the Packers. For the Packers to have exceeded the Bears offer of “at least two first round picks” they would have to have given up potentially three first round picks, and then some (maybe a second or third on top of it). As you have stated before, fixing years of mistakes doesn’t get fixed right away in one offseason. The less draft picks you have, the harder it gets to rebuild the team, while also being hamstrung by the cap where you have a third of your cap tied up in two players and can’t sign free agents.
I really wanted this to happen and am pretty disappointed. We may never know Gutekunst’s final offer, I just hope he didn’t low ball the Raiders
Kato…my guess is that if a team wasn’t offering 2 1st round picks, the Raiders weren’t taking your call. Which i always believed it would take.
What puzzles me my man, is that Mack had a say in where he’d go. Why he’d pick Trubisky over Rodgers, i’ll probably never know. Maybe a SB ring wasn’t a motivator, idk.
Maybe the Packers have gotten better, we (I) don’t use a roster sheet, or pre-season games to make that call. But it’s plausible the Bears and the queens have gotten better also. Time will tell (soon).
I suspect he was thinking career longevity and joy in the game by joining a D which ranked top 5 in 2017…. I see 2 games in 2018 where QB$$$ is gonna be hopeful if he can finish and stay uninjured…. I’m sure they’re using the collarbone break video as motivation in training room…
Good point Kato.,.
“Would you rather take two first rounders from the Bears or two from the Packers.”
Wolf had to go out and get Favre and Reggie. Trading a first round pick for the previous years second round third string back up, and making the biggest free agent signing ever at the time.
Ted had Rodgers fall to his lap. There was no trading up or risky moves to acquire him. No other team in the league wanted Woodson at the time and Woodson didn’t even want the Packers, but he came because it was the only option he had.
One is total risk. The other is “we’ll take whoever comes our way.”
You make valid points in how they were acquired. But the way i look at it, is those moves, needed to be made to be Super Bowl Champions. I care nothing how they were got. Results matter.
So…..at the end of the day, if you can get the needed pieces to win a Championship, you roll the dice and get them. I don’t care how, whether they are gotten by trade, dumb luck, giving up 2 1st round picks, or picking up a player for the cost of a happy meal, you go all in and get what’s needed. Khalil Mack was needed. His signing would have injected real hope for the entire Packer Nation fanbase. Packer fans would have been energized. The way things are right now, we could get all excited and hope Wilkerson can be a difference maker like he was before he got paid. But i’ve seen that movie already, too many times.
Everyone here knows that i’m under no illusion, or that i’m even optimistic that the Packers are headed to the Super Bowl this season or even two years after based on what i’ve seen, and what i haven’t seen yet. But i will say this, if they had gotten Mack, my optimism may have swayed my opinion (in short order) and that doesn’t happen often.
Yeah, Mack would have been easy to be optimistic about. Hopefully Gutes hits it out of the park the next few years because guys like Mack don’t come around very often.
out of the park in the draft*
Ted Thompson in the last 7 years taught me 2 1st round picks rarely amount to much. We got an additional 1st round pick from the Saints for a song and a happy dance. whose to say giving up 3 1st rounders wouldn’t be worth the gamble?
3 1st round picks for Mack?….that’s sounds like a big deal. but then again getting Mack, would be a ….big deal. There is no guarantee of a Super Bowl victory. But if there was, how many teams would give up 3 late 1st rounders for it? I’m guessing a lot of teams.
Gute didn’t have the skill to get this deal done. It also seems since Gruden was hired, Reggie McKenzie has been neutered, much like Gutenkunst.
Yes, i know that Mack would still need to be paid, but it could be worked out. Bye Randall Cobb, good luck finding a team to pay you 10 mill/year to catch 4td passes a year. No other team is that stupid.
Ok everyone. thanks for letting me vent. Yes i feel better :)
In other News: Senator John McCain’s family lays him to rest today. There are no partisan politics today, only acknowledgement of a great American, exemplifying dignity, honor and character.
Godspeed Senator John Sidney McCain III. Thank you for your Service.
Amen my friend….
……and now back to real life….
On Mack for two 1st round picks…
It is a good move by Bears.
Mack is 1st round, 1st overall quality.
To trade up in the draft from in the first round to that 1st overall spot, in most cases requires another 1st round pick be given up.
And, Mack is NFL successful-proven.
If “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush”,
a proven NFL superstar on roster worth two college stars not proven in NFL.
Is Mack worth 2 Jason Garrets, no. But you dont land a Jason Garrett with ten 1st round picks if each is below pick 3 in the draft.
So, good job Bears.
Packers will need some quality tackles and guards for yrs to come.
This whole thing is ridiculous. With the speed and hands Janis has, he should have draft managers knocking down his door. Something is off here. Personally, i’d like him to go where the lights are brighter, and the fame is legendary…Dallas. A few good plays with the ‘Boys would not see his accolades swept under the rug. Jeff, you played for the ‘Braves’, now play for the Cowboys.