Packers Question of the day - Priority Re-Signee?

  • OLB Julius Peppers
  • RG T.J. Lang
  • OLB Datone Jones
  • OLB Nick Perry
  • RB Eddie Lacy
  • TE Jared Cook
  • C J.C. Tretter
  • SS Micah Hyde
  • OLB Jayrone Elliott
  • ILB Joe Thomas
  • LS Brett Goode
  • RB Christine Michael
  • RT Don Barclay
  • ILB Jordan tripp
  • DE Christian Ringo
  • FB Joe Kerridge

These are the list of free agents set to have expiring contracts this offseason. On this list, who should be the top free agent the Packers aim to re-sign first?

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dobber's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:07 am

I would argue between Lang, Perry, and Cook. The numbers show how valuable Cook was to the offense this season. There's no clear replacement for Lang (Tretter has been unable to stay healthy). Edge rusher is arguably the biggest need for this team going into the off-season, and Perry is still young and just breaking through.

I'd go Perry.

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zoellner25's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:08 am

TE Jared Cook. The impact he had for the salary he made cannot be understated.

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Ibleedgreenmore's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:14 am

I agree with Cook, Lang and Perry. Then I can take or leave several of those on that list. Now Hyde, Lacy and Elliott if they can be signed for team low I would say they should be signed also.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:25 am

For me the top players I want them to resign are Cook, Lang, Lacy, Tretter.

If the price is right resign Perry and Hyde. Perry has been to injured to command a huge salary. While I like Perry and hope he does come back, if he gets a lot of money elsewhere, I let him go. Hyde had a great playoffs and is a football player, but he isn't a superstar and shouldn't be paid like one.

The other FA's I would like to see come back are Elliott, Thomas and Goode. I don't think any of them will command a big salary but they bring value and hopefully will come back.

I would do with Jones what they did with Perry last year. Sign to a 1 year deal.

The top player on the list I hope they resign first is Cook. He changes the offense. We can't take away weapons from Rodgers, we need to add weapons.

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zoellner25's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:31 am

Tretter should at least be a bargain. I love the guy and think he's better than Linsley, but he's never healthy.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:48 am

At the very least he is a really good backup to have. He can probably play all 5 positions and a guy like that is very valuable.

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dobber's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:49 am

Bingo. He can't stay on the field. I think he's fine to retain as a backup, but I wouldn't install him at guard (where he hasn't played much) and rely on him to be a stalwart.

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NickPerry's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:48 am

I love Lang but he's having Hip Surgery. That could be tricky coming back from in your 30's. Depends how much, now long, and how much is guaranteed.

Tretter might get an offer to play Center somewhere and just price himself out of the Packers range. Plus as dobber pointed out it's a "Catch-22" with Tretter. The guy's never stayed healthy.

Cook I would definitely keep but I'd make damn sure I drafted his replacement this season, like Leggett from Clemson or Everett from So. Alabama.

Perry I think is the must sign for the simple reason he can sack the QB, plays the run exceptionally well, and the Packers only have 2 outside LB under contract right now for 2017. Plus is Capers was to be fired, Perry could play in a 4-3 too.

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stockholder's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:43 am

They gave Perry 3 years to play well. Does not Jones deserve more time? I would put Jones at DE before Perry. So If they can keep Jones for 2 more years they should. (Especially if Capers is Fired) And How do you keep Moss if you look at Jones development?

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pooch's picture

January 24, 2017 at 05:42 pm

Datone Jones ??? Yuck a bust

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al bundy's picture

January 26, 2017 at 10:16 pm

D & D for jones ddnt work. Whenever he is getting beat bad hecomes up with an injury. Let him go.

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Ferrari Driver's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:48 am

No superstars there.

Cook is above average, but don't overspend.

Lang is above average, but is getting old and has more than his share of injuries. Resign at a discount or replace with current backups.

The rest are just players and none should break the bank.

Take a look at free agency this year.

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jfajas's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:55 am

Lang, Cook and Barclay.
D needs a complete overall.

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MITM's picture

January 24, 2017 at 11:31 am

Youre joking about Barclay, right?

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al bundy's picture

January 26, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Yes he was just trying to catch us all in the joke. HE is on my deadwood list alng with: lacy, shileds, datone, thomas, eliot, brice, micheal, janus.

The above are either always hurt and contribute nothing or jusr are not able to fill in when needed. Janus experiment should end, he just doesnt get it.

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pooch's picture

January 24, 2017 at 05:43 pm

Barkley ??What are you smoking

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Tundraboy's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:59 am

Cook
Lang
Perry
Lacy
Tretter
Hyde

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Finwiz's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:24 pm

I agree with your list, and it's the same as mine, except for Lang. They won't pay him the money given he's a guard. They never have.

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4thand1's picture

January 24, 2017 at 04:10 pm

Right tundra, let the rest walk.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 25, 2017 at 11:05 am

That's what I'm thinking. Bring in some hungry guys, ideally with a new coach and fresh approach.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

T.J. Lang, Nick Perry, Eddie Lacy, Jared Cook, and J.C. Tretter

Are my must haves, assuming none of them commands a raise. Cook probably gets a modest raise bu the was cheap anyways.

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cuervo's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

Cook is a no brainer and won;t break the bank.

Perry is a no brainer....unless someone else offers him wayyy too much.

Lang and Tretter. As others mentioned, Tretter hasn't stayed healthy, which also means he shouldn't be too expensive. Lang would take a discount to stay I believe.

Joe Thomas...won't cost much and is our linebacker with some above average speed.

The rest....whatever. I wouldn't pay Lacy more than 2 mil/year.

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stockholder's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:33 am

I don't see any of them as a difference maker. Lacy and perry always seem to get hurt. I like perry and Jones. But how do you pay them big bucks in this defense. Peppers and hyde earned a fair deal. But how can you expect them to make this defense better. Lacy is just to problematic. Weight and injuries do not justify a contract. Yes he's a change of pace, but Monty has taken over that role. So give Perry, and jones, a 3 year. (Splitting up Peppers money.) Hyde gets a 2 year at league. Cook gets the other 2 year deal at 3mil. Lang ,- Sorry No upside. Pay Tretter! WE kept two centers years ago. I'd Keep him over Lang. If were going to win the division again, some must be signed. But if they didn't help the team this year they won't. Take it or leave it with these guys.

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:44 am

Julius, how would you like to be the new LB coach of the GB Packers. Keep his experience around without a cap hit.

Cook, Lang, Perry, Lacy, Tretter, Hyde top the list. Not all should get long term high dollar contracts though.

Jones, Elliot, Goode & maybe Ringo for low level contracts.

The rest, who cares.

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TarynsEyes's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

The Packers season is over and I'm now back for the next as I said I would do when 4-6.

There is not one player on defense on this list that should be welcomed back unless they are getting peanuts in salary and only than as depth/rotation and certainly not as starter in any capacity.
You have witnessed the best that any of them might possibly offer, especially the two 1st rd chumps of Perry and Jones. To continue convincing yourselves differently beckons simple reruns of their ' play ' over the last 4 and 5 years of each.
This defense needs a total regrouping via the draft at the cost of the offense which can hold its own for another year.
The Packers defense is like the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare where we are the Tortoise and the only hope for victory is if the Hare falls asleep for last half of the game....which after watching other defenses during the season and in the playoffs, winners don't sleep or even nap.
This defense is either physically unfit to play football, mentally lacking to play to its scheme or Thompson has convinced himself that every one he sees is a diamond, which appears a larger reason our draft and UDFA have been failing since Shields over all.
Hopefully, Thompson, McCarthy and Murphy have a deep conversation about drafting, scheme, FA and get it together before our offense...Rodgers....frustration creates real disharmony on what is a ship of defensive fools.

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Since'61's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:08 pm

Taryn - glad you're back and nicely said as usual. Thanks, Since '61

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TarynsEyes's picture

January 24, 2017 at 03:17 pm

Thank You Since 61...I'm a keeper of my word and true to my convictions. As much as it was an incredible run, the defense was still high risk for undermining the quest weekly and the main guys on the list, defense, once again utterly failed against the better offenses. They have no step up after the average opponent and retaining such produces same results 9 out of 10 times.

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JHitTheB's picture

January 28, 2017 at 07:44 pm

Wrong. Nick Perry had a decent season despite playing with a club on his hand. Micah Hyde is a must keep. He has saved GB's more times than I count.

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:54 am

Cook
Perry
Tretter
Lacy
Hyde
Jones

In pretty much that order. You can argue for Hyde and Jones to move up. It will probably depend a lot on how much money they demand. Everyone else is replaceable. I know many will argue for Lang. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see him in Green and Gold. History tells you TT will not put a priority on a 29-year-old guard. History tells you that TT has largely been correct.

And I don't see any of these guys getting big contracts. Some will argue for Cook to get a big contract. I think he had a lot of drops and a lot of time missed due to injury. I don't think I would break the bank for him.

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:59 am

One wildcard: what if they decide to go back to the 4-3? I think Jones and Perry become higher priority guys then.

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Since'61's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:31 pm

Mark - they're not going 4-3 if Capers is still around. I would say that if they don't move on Capers this week we're stuck with him for at least another season. They have probably already decided to keep him or he would have been gone by yesterday or today at the latest. Why keep him around. If he were going to retire he would have announced by now so I'm thinking we already got him for next year which means no 4-3. Thanks, Since '61

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Bedrock's picture

January 25, 2017 at 01:27 am

Although they ran some 4-3 looks with the personnel we have.

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NickPerry's picture

January 25, 2017 at 05:57 am

I'm afraid you're right. If it doesn't happen in the next day or two it won't happen.

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 11:08 am

It seems to me that our continual exit at differing levels in the playoffs that this team keeps coming up short on talent. Why not go fill that gap, win a SB or two, then re-cycle and come back 5 years later and do it all over again?

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm

It seems to me that our continual exit at differing levels in the playoffs that this team keeps coming up short on talent. Why not go fill that gap, win a SB or two, then re-cycle and come back 5 years later and do it all over again?

(sorry, a dup post, it won't let me delete)

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Curt's picture

January 24, 2017 at 11:24 am

Cost is a big factor - only Cook and Perry are truly difference makers. Lang and Tretter are both important cogs however. Lacy, Hyde, and DJones could be and would be good to retain at the right price. Goode keeps snaps worry free. Jayrone and Ringo have promise and upside, Peppers may have one more year at say $2mill, Don't see upside on others - Thomas played a lot but has likely topped out.

11. OLB Julius Peppers
3. RG T.J. Lang
5. OLB Datone Jones
2. OLB Nick Perry
6. RB Eddie Lacy
1. TE Jared Cook -
4, C J.C. Tretter
7. SS Micah Hyde
9. OLB Jayrone Elliott
13. ILB Joe Thomas
8. LS Brett Goode
14. RB Christine Michael
12.RT Don Barclay
15. ILB Jordan tripp
10. DE Christian Ringo
16. FB Joe Kerridge

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

Peppers contributions are going down fast. Its time to move on and invest in a higher impact player.

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Curt's picture

January 24, 2017 at 11:56 am

agree - only way he is back is for one year low cost player coach type of deal.

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snowdog's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Doesn't seem like the coaching type .

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dobber's picture

January 25, 2017 at 05:48 am

How many "player-coaches" are there out there? Why do people expect that Peppers would be good at it or that this would positively impact his cap impact?

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 11:31 am

Think its time to go 4-3 on D. One of our problems is we have too many DE's playing LB. We waste so much talent and time trying to 'convert' out of position players. If you draft BPA, it only makes sense to have an adaptable D to best use that talent. Not keep trying to force square pegs into round holes.

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Curt's picture

January 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

effectively played 4-3 (or 2-5 if you prefer) most games this year.

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Not really, Clay and Perry don't qualify as DE's.

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Perry wanted to play 4-3 DE coming out, and that might still be his better position. Don't be shocked that if he chooses to sign elsewhere he does so as a 4-3 DE.

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Packer_Pete's picture

January 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

To me, Cook then Hyde. For the right price also Perry, Tretter, and Lacy. I love TJ Lang but with this surgery and his age it's not going to happen. Nobody else on that list is a must sign. A couple can be brought back for little money, if at all.

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm

What we have on D.

2 Staring DEs (Daniels & Clark)
0 Starting NT
1 Starting OLB - Perry
1 Starting ILBs (Clay)
0 Starting CB's
1 Starting Nickle - Hyde
1 Starting Dime - Gunter
2 Starting Safeties - HaHa, Burnett

That leaves us with STARTER needs at
NT
OLB
ILB
CB (x2)

Priority is
1. CB
2 (tied) NT & OLB

We won't beat Dallas next year without being able to put pressure on Dak and blow up Zeke. If we don't improve significantly in the front 7, we will once again, make it to the playoffs then fall short again.

Clay is no longer a threat on the outside, his talents now will be best used on the inside. It will give us a solid rotation there, if not spectacular.

I don't see Clark ever being a game changer but I do expect him to improve this off season as will Lowery. Guion is steady but not spectacular. A solid rotation buy but we need someone who can play at that next level.

We will get two impact players at best from this draft, the rest will be role players for at least 2-3 years at best. We HAVE TO sign an impact FA or this team will end next year just like this year. The loss of Shields only compounds the problem. He was to be our #1 for years to come and now we have not only to replace his failed compatriots, we have to replace him too.

We can't bargain basement fix this team any more. We are going to have to go Top Shelf like Woodson & White at least once to bring the fire back to this Defense.

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Curt's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:00 pm

Not ready to give up on Randall / Rollins - sure would help if Shields and Raji came back rested and healthy, ready to go. Sam says he wants to play and I'm guessing they give him a close lock during the off season. Raji may not be done either.

TT won't sign a 10+ million per year guy but will wait for a Woodson / Peppers type to reduce their demands.

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Finwiz's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:21 pm

Shields is done. I've already heard the Packers are going to release him.
Raji is done too, I think the Packers have moved on.

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 04:14 pm

I'm not giving up on Randall or Rollins either. But for a change, we need to place players where they have the best chance to succeed instead of letting their Cap hit dictate where they play. Expose them less by making them Nickle & Dime backs and they could thrive and MAYBE grow into greater rolls. Right now, it is foolish to expect them to perform like starters, especially Randall out on the Edge.

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vj_ostrowski's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:01 pm

This is why draft and develop works when you're starting out with a QB, but leaves something to be desired once that QB is on a mega deal.

We thought our line would be set for years. Now it's either pay Lang a bunch of money, or let him go with an iffy replacement after already letting Sitton go. Let him go and it becomes kind of a draft priority.

We thought our secondary was young and promising. Now it's in shambles and many of us want to draft 2 more CBs this year.

Holes that weren't holes before become holes quickly - and sometimes you need to plug them with vets. All it takes is a surprise retirement for TT to have to spend his 1st on a DT (don't get me wrong - I cheered the Clark pick)

What I'm saying is: my greatest fear is overpaying for Micah Hyde, Datone Jones, and Eddie Lacy.

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egbertsouse's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:01 pm

I just heard that the Colts have asked permission to interview Eliot Wolf. Murphy should deny that but offer them a chance to interview Ted Thompson.

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egbertsouse's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:02 pm

I just heard that the Colts have asked permission to interview Eliot Wolf. Murphy should deny that but offer them a chance to interview Ted Thompson.

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rdent's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:17 pm

I doubt he will go anywhere, he just signed a new deal with GB. And I wonder if anyone would want Ted at this point, his best days as a scout and GM are long behind him.

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rdent's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:13 pm

Should be able to sign most of them if they want to, Lang,Perry and Cook are the only three to worry about and with Lang having hip surgery Friday and re injuring his foot I don't believe many teams are going to throw the bank at him,plus he said he wants to stay. Similar to Lang is Perry, injury history,teams May be reluctant to pursue him,Tretter is hurt every year and his only real value is his versatility, honestly Cook May be the lone FA on that list they may have to move on if they want to keep him and even though he missed a lot of games his impact on the offense was evident, GB would be foolish to let Cook walk unless a team offers BIG numbers. One of the ways to gage a teams talent is how others go after their FA' s and I just do not see very many on that list that teams are going to aggressively pursue.

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:45 pm

None of our FA's will get top tier money. NONE of them.

Lacy - Injured
Lang - Injured
Perry - Injured
Tretter- Injured

Lang will get good money for his age and experience, but not 10- 5 level money.
Lacy will be another prove it deal.
Perry will perhaps get a longer deal at around where he signed this year.
Tretter will also get a 1-2 year prove it deal as well.

Cook will get the money. But he shouldn't come close to breaking the bank.

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rdent's picture

January 24, 2017 at 05:45 pm

Agree, for some reason that list doesn't worry me much, like to keep Lang because they would end up short at guard, Perry because Peppers retired today ,Mathews has been injured but has faded and Fackrell isn't ready and GB does not have anything like Cook at TE. And although he related how much he likes GB that tends to change when money is waved in their face but hopefully it won't come to that and they sign him as soon as possible.

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Couch Cleats's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:17 pm

I want to see Cook back because it has taken forever to get a playmaker back at that position and the draft results have been horrible since Finley.

Hopefully, he won't try to hold up the bank because of a productive year. He knows first hand how much more enjoyable his career can be on a team that can get him the ball. I don't expect him to play for peanuts but a reasonable contract with some incentives feels right after one year with the team in which he was both productive and injured.

Would love to see Lang back if this hip injury isn't super serious. My gut tells me not to get my hopes up on him resigning.

I would like to see Perry back too because he has a bull rush that is pretty devastating at times. I have a feeling he is due for an injury free stretch of games too (he HAS to be). Of all our FA's though, he seems the most likely to be overpaid by another team to me.

Hyde is another guy I would like to see back. He is total Packer people and a jack of all trades (no, he is not a master of any either). His value goes up with every injury on that side of the ball and he is exceptionally smart and instinctive. To me, he is Woodson without the awesome physical tools. I think he is a guy that would make a lot more huge plays if we had a good pass rush.

That's my 2 cents.

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croatpackfan's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:32 pm

Unrestricted Free Agents (11)
T/G Don Barclay
TE Jared Cook
LS Brett Goode
DB Micah Hyde
OLB Datone Jones
RB Eddie Lacy
G T.J. Lang
RB Christine Michael
OLB Julius Peppers
OLB Nick Perry
C/G JC Tretter

Restricted Free Agents (2)
OLB Jayrone Elliott
ILB Jordan Tripp

Exclusive-Rights Free Agents (7)
WR Geronimo Allison
RB John Crockett
RB Don Jackson
FB Joe Kerridge
DE Christian Ringo
P Jacob Schum
ILB Joe Thomas

I think status of FA are also important. So this is the list with FA status...

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zoellner25's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:33 pm

If we cut Shields and either release or renegotiate Peppers, and force CM3 to take a pay cut, we'll have plenty of money to go around.

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:47 pm

Don't waste a penny on Peppers. He can't bring enough value to warrent the roster space.

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Finwiz's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:20 pm

Peppers is good as gone.

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rdent's picture

January 24, 2017 at 05:50 pm

He is...he announced his retirement today.

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croatpackfan's picture

January 24, 2017 at 01:40 pm

If possible I would like to see, as Packers, next season following players: TE Jared Cook, LS Brett Goode, DB Micah Hyde, OLB Datone Jones, RB Eddie Lacy, G T.J. Lang, OLB Nick Perry & C/G JC Tretter. I think no one of those players would demand to high salary, so I think it is possible to sign them all. Of course, I expect Packers to sign RFA & ERFA: OLB Jayrone Elliott, ILB Jordan Tripp, WR Geronimo Allison, FB Joe Kerridge, DE Christian Ringo, P Jacob Schum & ILB Joe Thomas. Regarding RB John Crockett (I admit I expected much more from him) & RB Don Jackson I think they have thin chances to be on the Packers squad after final cut before 2017 season...
I believe Julius will retire...

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Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:12 pm

Perry, Cook, Tretter, Lacy, Jones, Thomas, Elliott, Ringo.

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Finwiz's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:19 pm

It's a short list: (in order of necessity)
Cook
Perry
Hyde
Tretter
Lacy

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Since'61's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:23 pm

My top 2 priorities are Jared Cook and Nick Perry. After that I would go for Lang, Tretter, and Goode, and Hyde.
Third tier should be Elliott, Allison, and Schum.
Chuck the rest.
Keeping Cook means that we don't need to draft a TE, plus he and Monty probably saved our season and made the 8-0 run possible.
Perry had his best season and with Peppers likely retiring and CM3 becoming less effective, Perry brings experience and continuity and can hold the edge.
Lang, Tretter and Goode experience and depth for the OL. The fact that we never hear Goode's name is a good(e) thing. LOL. Hyde, not great but can play anywhere in the DB and reliably return punts.
Elliott plays hard and adds depth at OLB. Allison made significant contributions as a rookie WR. Schum, was at his best in the post-season and our best punter since J. Ryan.
Also, if nothing happens with Capers this week, I would say that we're stuck with him for at least another season.
Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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Bear's picture

January 24, 2017 at 05:56 pm

Since 61' I always appreciate and respect your comments. But, this time why keep Tretter? Maybe just as a backup? When I watch his tape he makes the initial contact but can't keep his block....he needs to become stronger.

Great statement on CM3....he has been going downhill rapidly over the years. If you look at his tackles every year compared to his counterparts, he is highly overpaid. Some fans see him get a sack and think he's great, he's not.
I would like to see them draft a physical mauler for the OL. As a team we are not very physical....we need to change that. Since 57'....
Keep up the blogs you're always interesting!

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Since'61's picture

January 24, 2017 at 08:06 pm

Bear - thank you for your generous comments. I would like to keep Tretter because he can start or backup at Center. Also, he can backup at Tackle and Guard. I think Tackle is his stronger position but he has to be better than Barclay at Guard at least. However, I would only sign him if the price is right. If he tests free agency I would not get into a bidding war for him. Agree completely that the Packers need to be more physical on both sides of the ball. More mental toughness would help as well. Thanks, Since '61

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Lphill's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:28 pm

Elliot, Cook ,Lacy and Lang, probably Goode on the cheap too.

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Point-Packer's picture

January 24, 2017 at 02:57 pm

Priority list:

1) Cook: Most obvious. Rodgers loves him. He loves GB. Lock him up for three years.

2) Perry: Dare I say, our best OLB at this point. Or at the very least, the most underpaid.

3) Tretter: Young versatility is rare in this league. And he's a far better center than Linsley.

4) Lang: On the right contract and dependent upon the severity of his injury.

5) Hyde: Dude is growing into his own. Again, young versatility is a rare luxury in this league. A player who can sufficiently play all positions in the backfield and be helpful at the LOS is valuable.

Wil be resigned will little fanfare:

1) Goode: because.

2) Thomas: Because no one else wants this Joe Thomas on their team.

3) Elliot: see "Thomas".

Let em walk:

1) Lacy: "Thanks for all, Ed, but your inability to stay in playing shape will cost you big bucks. Though we will not be the ones shelling out any more dough only to pay for an overweight unmotivated RB who will either be injured or run out of gas at the five yard line."

2) Datone Jones: Somone will overpay for this chronic underachiever.

3) Peppers: Thanks Julius. Really, thanks for giving us what was left in the old tank. Sorry we couldn't give you a much deserved SB.

Don't let the door hit you on they way out:

1) Barclay: can't believe I still need to type his name.

2) Michael: oh yeah, that's why you got cut by the Seahawks not once, not twice, but three times.

3) Ringo: he's still on the team? Big waste of roster space. Emphasis on BIG.

Who cares?

1) Kerridge

2) Tripp

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stockholder's picture

January 24, 2017 at 03:13 pm

2. Everyone thought that of Walden too. Has as many sacks as perry, and is a free agent this year. {JONES= 1 year at OLB, when everyone had more.?} Do you remember Arron Kampman or Wilkins? Just saying it takes longer for TTs draft picks. I'm not ready to give Jones away. He's not been busted! And looking at the free agents. OLBs, Perry and Jones are going to get overpaid. The problem is we want to compare these guys to Von Miller. And then everyone still wants to draft a new DE. TTs given away to much talent over the years.

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Point-Packer's picture

January 24, 2017 at 04:00 pm

Fair points. D. Jones is certainly the hardest FA to predict.

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Mags's picture

January 24, 2017 at 06:36 pm

Jones has done little to nothing for being a first round pick. Time to move on. But I have a feeling Ted won't, he doesn't like to admit his first round busts.

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 24, 2017 at 04:00 pm

Thing about Lacy is you can probably get him fairly cheap, and then you don't have to use a pick on a RB in the first three rounds. Otherwise, I'm afraid you do.

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Point-Packer's picture

January 24, 2017 at 05:14 pm

Perhaps, but is that a good thing? Give Monty an off-season and some of those challenges around pass pro may evaporate. I'm not advocating for not signing him if the price is right, I just don't think its a given that Lacy is a good fit for GB anymore.

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fthisJack's picture

January 25, 2017 at 07:16 am

i agree with every one of your choices except Jones. think we should keep him for another year or 2 to see if the light comes on.

most people want Lacey. i know i dont'. he is hurt too often because of his running style and conditioning. we would be further ahead drafting a RB.

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al bundy's picture

January 26, 2017 at 10:30 pm

I disagree with one thing, i do not see teams going ape over datone. I would not be shocked to see him low balled as a back up fill in somewere or not picked up at all. Hes a james worthy, nothing there

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JHitTheB's picture

January 28, 2017 at 05:56 pm

Pretty much spot on. Except Christian Michael. He's fast and hits the hole at full steam. I don't like when he tries to bounce around like Barry Sanders but his effort was always 1000%. He was cut from Seattle because their starting running back returned from injury, not because he wasn't talented. He piled a decent amount of yards in Seattle too when he got the chance.

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Flow49's picture

January 24, 2017 at 03:55 pm

I like signing Lang, cook and Hyde. I think Perry will get way overpaid somewhere else

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4zone's picture

January 24, 2017 at 04:21 pm

The only FA loss on the current roster that would be hard to replace is Cook and possibly Lang and Perry. We can ill afford to lose Hyde who's probably the only CB who is reliable right now. But there is no way he is worth Shields type money.

Face it, the rest of our guys are pretty much middle of the road players. Depth guys. What we need more are a step up kind of guys. If we can do a two for one upgrade, that would be great. We got plenty of guys to fill in the gaps.

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Handsback's picture

January 24, 2017 at 04:33 pm

Cook, Perry, and Lang in that order. If the $ is right...Lacy, Tretter, Elliot, and Hyde.

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greenngold's picture

January 24, 2017 at 06:03 pm

One piece of data that hasn't been mentioned is: What is available in FA in 2017. It aint pretty. CB is really, really weak. Trumaine Johnson is probably the highest rated and will cost a fortune... a LOT more than he is worth, IMO. Maybe Stephon Gilmore, Morris Claiborne or possibly AJ Bouye. After that take your pick of mediocre - Carr, Amakamura, and a lesser cast of characters. While the argument may be made that this list is better than any of our current CB's, you have to weigh the cost. Then look at the DL. Campbell would be nice, but is going to cost a ton and is on the wrong side of 30. JPP - interesting, but where do you play him? I really like Kawaan Short, but I've read Carolina is going to franchise him if a deal can't be done. Dontari Poe is worthy, but you'd have to feel Clark can play the 5 at a high level... and I question that. And while I choke as I say it, Nick Fairly had a year as well. There are a few other nice options, but none that I see as a difference maker. Quite a few possibilities at OLB, but pass rushers are at a real premium. Do you want a part time Demarcus Ware? Chandler Jones? Big $$ but maybe worth the risk. Could be another franchise pick for AZ. Others who could be had, and IMO would be an upgrade: Melvin Ingram, Lorenzo Alexander had a year, but is 33, Alex Okafor may be worth a shot. I also believe we are in desperate need of an inside backer who can consistently rush. Donta Hightower and Lawrence Timmons are physical and can rush, but have other deficiencies. As you can see, it is really a down year for premium defenders, and I'm just not sure how much better one or two of them would make us. Not saying we shouldn't take a shot on some... just saying most have warts.

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Slim11's picture

January 24, 2017 at 06:33 pm

• OLB Julius Peppers
• RG T.J. Lang
• OLB Datone Jones
• OLB Nick Perry
• RB Eddie Lacy
• TE Jared Cook
• C J.C. Tretter
• SS Micah Hyde
• OLB Jayrone Elliott
• ILB Joe Thomas
• LS Brett Goode
• RB Christine Michael
• RT Don Barclay
• ILB Jordan tripp
• DE Christian Ringo
• FB Joe Kerridge

Of this list, Cook,Perry or Jones (both returning not likely, IMO), Tretter, Lang and Hyde. With Montgomery and Ripkowski, the Packers have a Lightning (Montgomery) and Thunder (Ripkowski...IF his ball security improves!)) duo to take over from Lacy and Starks. I see no need to bring any of the other RBs back. Brett Goode should return also.

Elliott may return along with Thomas if on veteran minimum deals. I see no need to bring Barclay back or any of the others.

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stockholder's picture

January 24, 2017 at 09:26 pm

I don't see why you would bring back Elliott over Jones. Christine Micheal had a bad back and screwed up a return. Thomas can't stop the run. Barclay forget that! LACY- We can get better with a comp pick. Foreman and Carmara.

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EdsLaces's picture

January 24, 2017 at 06:44 pm

Perry Lacy Cook Tretter Hyde...

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stillcrazee's picture

January 24, 2017 at 07:27 pm

Saw that the Packers have $36 million plus in salary cap for next year.
UFAs to bring back by level of importance, but not necessarily by biggest contract to re-sign.
Jared Cook
T.J. Lang
Nick Perry
Micah Hyde
J.C. Tretter
Bret Goode

UFAs not coming back:
Eddie Lacey. Doesn't care enough to stay in shape.
Julius Peppers. At 37, he probably retires. Even if he doesn't, I wouldn't keep him.
Datone Jones. Never even had an average year.
Don Barclay. Murphy will take his roster spot.
Christine Michael. He is a decent RB, but there is more to playing RB than just running the ball, and it sounds like he doesn't (maybe not able to) get it.

RFA coming back:
Jayrone Elliott, but only for small tender. There is potential as a pass rusher there, bring him into training camp and see if he finally blossoms. It is his last chance.
RFA not coming back:
Jordan Tripp. Just a guy.

ERFA coming back: These guys are very cheap to keep so I would let all come back and compete, except for .....
ERFA not coming back: Kerridge. Don't need a roster spot for a backup FB in today's NFL.

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croatpackfan's picture

January 25, 2017 at 04:02 am

Jordan Tripp is ST ace, and Joe Kerridge is primary ST player...
Aaron Ripkowski is FB, not RB - there is difference, so you'll still have to find another RB to fill the void. We need 2 RB to add to Montgomery - injury insurance...

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slit's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm

My list in order -
Cook - would still look at pairing another young TE in the middle rounds of the draft
Perry - only pass rush we had this year, but I think this may have been his career year. He'll prob get overpaid somewhere else.
Lang - top 5 G in the league & brings the nasty every week. Injuries are a concern, & we all know TT doesn't usually hand out that second big contract to OL, specifically at G.
Hyde - more valuable in GB than probably anywhere else. Played second most snaps of any S/CB in the league, and played big in the playoffs. Should come at a fairly cheap price.
Goode - never hear his name, & that's a good thing.
The rest of the list, to me, is a bunch of JAGs. Datone = bust (does everyone realize DeAndre Hopkins was the very next pick in that draft...)
Lacy = fat (2017 Draft is LOADED at RB)
Tretter = can't stay on the field
Peppers = done

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al bundy's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm

F these guys:
Lacy ate himself out of shape two years in a row screwing the fans and team. Time to go.

Datone, went missng often, time to go

Mathews, keep, wth a huge pay cut or let him go. He s not a premiere lb and is paid likemone for years

Shields cant keep a brain casulty drug user career over

Perry, showed up in last yar of contract, keep but low ball

Starks, gone. Lang gone. Tretter keep

Cook, keep effective in his role

Px ted get some talent at corner via free agent, gunter ro?lins and randlare sco d string at best

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al bundy's picture

January 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Eddylet thefeam and fans down. Y eating himxelf out of shape. This year hix ankles afain gave out trying to carry 264 pounds. Cut this fucker and draft an allmaround three down back

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croatpackfan's picture

January 25, 2017 at 04:03 am

Sorry I do not understand your language... Is this English, some kind of?

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dobber's picture

January 25, 2017 at 06:07 am

Lacy came back in good shape (but not svelte by any means) and was playing well until injuries knocked him out.

I'm tired of people saying "his ankle gave out". Your ankles would give out, too, if DL and LB were falling on them...as happened to Lacy. Get your facts straight. If this were the problem, then 250+ lb TEs and 300+ lb linemen couldn't be functional athletes because "hix ankles afain gave out trying to carry 264 pounds".

...and can we not call other people "F#@kers". Let's aspire to a little bit higher level of intellectual discourse.

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dobber's picture

January 26, 2017 at 07:54 am

An interesting take on potential Packer roster management...

http://www.profootballrumors.com/2017/01/top-3-offseason-needs-green-bay...

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