- Mar 11, 2014
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I don't know that they'll restructure. I'd like them too, but it takes 2. It's not as if he didn't earn his money last year. He had decent numbers, but he was disruptive and a great addition last year. He was on a snap count this year, I imagine early and middle of next year he will be too.
I don't think we're paying 12 mil either, isn't that including bonus already paid, so it's what counts against the cap?
I think it comes down to whether the Packers get a player they think can reliably play ILB. If they don't, then Matthews has to continue playing some ILB and the Packers then need a reliable OLB to take Matthews' place. If the Packers DO land an ILB through some means then I think the Packers have the leverage to get Peppers to restructure his deal. With no new ILB that could start right away I would imagine Peppers knows that the Packers can't afford to let him go.
While moving Matthews inside improved the defense significantly the Packers have to bring in a true ILB.
You will get no argument from me on that. However, Thompson historically has not emphasized drafting ILB early and, despite the Peppers signing, I don't think most expect Thompson to go out and get a certifiable starter in free agency. We also have no idea what the staff thinks of Carl Bradford's chances of starting next year. So, if Thompson doesn't draft an ILB early then it would be doubtful that player would be able to start right away, and if they don't get a starter in free agency or the draft, then you're relying on improvement from within OR Matthews is back to starting at ILB on running downs and Peppers needs to be back to play OLB.
I would also add that if the Packers can draft someone like Malcolm Brown, an impact NT, then we all might be surprised at how much better our current ILBs are with a guy in front keeping blockers off them.
I've decided that Carl Bradford is our secret weapon. He's been training 14 hours a day in a facility beneath Lambeau and been fed nothing but raw eggs and spinach. They play death metal while he sleeps and spray him with a firehouse any time his speed drops below 4.6 level while drilling.