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Time to sign a free agent on defense

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by GoPGo, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. GoPGo

    GoPGo Cheesehead

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    I know TT loves to develop through the draft and for the most part i applaud that strategy, but at times a free agent signing is in order. Unfortunately, our greatest needs on defense are also the shallowest positions in this draft. Clearly, if by chance Clinton-Dix or Mosley are available when we pick at #21, we are going to draft one. Other than that, there really aren't too many prospects for immediate impact.

    Rodgers is in his prime and will be for the next 5-7 years. We don't have time to develop players at both of those positions. I think it's time to open the check book and make a serious play at Jairus Byrd. Bills franchised him last year, so he's got a green light. Would he be expensive? Yes. Would he be worth the investment? Hell yes!

    If we sign one guy, that's the one I want. His impact would be immediate and substantial. A guy like him makes the entire defense better. He's my signee. Who would you sign?
     
  2. Forderick

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    I most certainly would, but if any other team is in the running for his services, the packers will not get him. And while I hope that trend changes, I just think Ted is too stubborn.

    But you are right it is time for a couple free agents and maybe a trade to happen. Ignoring 2/3 avenues of acquiring talent is ridiculous. Before all the donkeys come out,NO I AM NOT SAYING BUY 5 OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE FREE AGENTS OR TRADE EVERY DRAFT PICK AWAY. This team has enough depth and talent that spending a bit of cash on some proven talent, will improve this team, and maybe give them enough pieces to make another legitimate run at the super bowl.

    Heck hire a new DC and maybe an OC as well.
     
  3. rodell330

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    Lol yea right. TT is so cheap he wipes his butt with one ply of toilet paper. He will bring back raji for more money than hes worth thats about it...and use his draft and develop method. I dont see the Packers being major players in free agency at all. You could get two guy's for what Raji is asking but Raji is one of TT's picks so he will not let himself look bad and let Raji walk. If Raji is back but not Shields i will be livid.
     
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  4. ThxJackVainisi

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    I advocated for a UFA safety last off season - not the most expensive one - and as I remember it, there were several to choose from. I still think that would be a great idea; it won't be Byrd but it doesn't have to be to upgrade the D.
     
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  5. HyponGrey

    HyponGrey Caseus Locutus Est

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    Like Jack said, there are options out there. Jenkins, Clemons, etc Definitely would have to be NT or S.
     
  6. FrankRizzo

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    Jairus Byrd wants to be the highest paid safety. No way in Green Bay.

    If Malcolm Jenkins hits free agency, HE is my Jerry Hughes of this year.
    HAVE to add the 1st round talent if you can get him.
     
  7. AmishMafia

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    All players entering the NFL are available to be drafted.
     
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  9. GoPGo

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    I disagree. If Raji wanted to cash in as a Packer, he should have done so 2 months ago when the offer was made. If anything, when they look at his actual production and realize that Boyd can do anything Raji has done the last 2 years, they'll let him go. If $8M wasn't enough then, it won't be now. Thompson isn't the idiot some of you like to think he is. If it's a choice between Shields or Raji, he'll go with Shields.
     
  10. FrankRizzo

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    I hope so.
    But he really values HIS DRAFT PICKS.
    He didn't mind letting Cullen Jenkins go because he didn't invest a precious draft pick on him. He loves his draft picks. It's hard for him to let them go, even Greg Jennings whom we all had thrown out last year. But Teddy tried to keep him.

    We'll see if this element comes into play again regarding the underachieving Raji and the playmaker Shields.
     
  11. Carl

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    Hopefully he can find a few good ones later in free agency when he doesn't have to overpay like with Woodson and Pickett. Good free agents the first week are always overpaid for and often don't work out.
     
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  12. HyponGrey

    HyponGrey Caseus Locutus Est

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    Forget Malcom Jenkins, gimme a two year deal with Ryan Clark. I'll take the concussions and sickle cell to not have to teach him how to play.
     
  13. FrankRizzo

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    Clark sucks.
    Jenkins is way better, and younger, but his price tag will be way too high for us surely.
    Don't call me Shirley.
     
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    Beason is one guy that will be available that we could use.
    Malcon Jenkins, Ryan Clarke are also set to be UFA's. Any one of these guys would be a welcome addition.
     
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    We can use an undersized ROLB who has to rely on speed rush because he has no power game whatsoever? News to me. Last time I checked we had nothing but ROLBs on this roster, and that's why we can't play contain worth $o.02
     
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    Clark is the guy who allows Polamalu be Polamalu by covering his back end and holding the D together, plus he already knows the system. The only thing to worry about is age/durability. It's a 2 year bandaid while he teaches some young kid all of his tricks.
     
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    I hope you're right...

    Then again, how many here predicted the giant deal for Hawk, or the big deal for Jones?

    The Burnett deal looks terrible too now, but that's just hindsight. At the time most people (including me) thought it was a good move.
     
  18. longtimefan

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    Personal experience I take it?
     
  19. adambr2

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    I am 100% on board with Jairius Byrd. Even if he wants to be the highest paid safety. Safeties don't make as much as other positions, but this kind of an upgrade would improve us immensely.

    So you figure $9.15M would do it, that would make him the highest paid. This is affordable. If we really did offer Raji $8M a year, this is barely a million over that, and you let Raji walk instead. Who would you rather have? It's a no-brainer to me.

    I'm not sure that there's another team in the NFL that could stand to gain from Byrd as much as us. If you think the loss of Nick Collins is what killed the defense, well, here's your solution.

    This is coming from a fan who has been loyal to draft and development for a long time. We don't need to do this every year, but it's time for another splash. This defense is desperately in need of a shot in the arm. This would be exactly that.
     
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    There you have it anti free agency folks, "we don't have to do this every year".
    Safety is a BIG hole that needs filling, NOW, and draft and develop is not in the cards this year because there ain't much on the draft board.
     
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    Hes cheap but overpays people?
     
  22. FrankRizzo

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    Byrd has injury concerns already.
    That + our Injury Track Record + his salary demands = No Way Jose
     
  23. adambr2

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    Agree 100%. I normally err toward the side of conservativism in free agency, and that would be my approach for the offense this year. Not on the D. Not this year.

    We have enough "guys" on this defense. We don't need more, and we don't a flyer or two. We need another playmaker. It's why we're a good team right now and not a great team. We're just missing that other playmaker on defense.
     
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  24. adambr2

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    He's missed 5 games total in his entire 5 year career and just 3 in the last 4 years. I hardly think that qualifies him as injury prone.
     
  25. FrankRizzo

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    http://www.rotoworld.com/recent/nfl/5307/jairus-byrd

    Who told you that?
     

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