Nobody is disputing his worth now or even then… but you are missing the point. At that time the decision had to be made, the Packers appeared to be overflowing with talent at DB… Both Randall and Rollins had very good rookie seasons and a decision had to be made about who they were going to keep. It’s not about the fact that Hayward ended up being a great deal at 5 million… it was about making a roster decision… with two up and coming players on rookie contracts, one a first rounder the other a 2nd… trumped keeping hayward for a 2nd contract. The fact that both Randall and Rollins ended up being busts for the Packers is not a point in that equaction… it is hindsight. All the press about those two rookies at the time was positive so you can’t go back now and say that it was foreseeable. Watching the Lions Monday night made me wish we still had Jamal Williams… and I think the Lions got a good back at a good price, but I don’t blame the Packers for having to choose to keep Jones instead.Amazing to me that fans watched hayward and thought, “Nah, this guy isn’t worth $5 mil a year.”
Who cares that he turned into a pro-bowl corner, at $5m a year he would have been a major value as the third string corner! Stop acting like he signed some expensive deal, he was the 43rd highest paid corner at $5.1m a year!!! Letting him walk for that stupidly low a price was a major mistake and there were plenty who pointed that out at the time.
Says the Packers should want him but probably can't afford him (turns out they could have)
44th ranked free agent ended up being the 43rd highest paid CB
29th ranked free agent
28th ranked free agent
I'll stop there but let's not pretend nobody knew Hayward was a terrific corner when healthy.