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Offline vegas492

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Anyone want a free agent running back?
« on: January 18, 2013, 02:14:31 PM »
Seems like a few good ones out there for this off-season.
I see the defense as needing more help than our offense, but one can't deny that we need a running back.

How about Stephen Jackson?  Veteran with 8 years of 1,000 yards or more.  Good injury history.  He's gotta be hungry for a ring, right?
How about Reggie Bush?  Two good seasons back to back.  Receiving threat.  I gotta think he'd love to play with Rodgers.
Now my favorite...Chris Ivory anyone?  Has to be the most unheard of, underrated guy that has a 5.0 ypc average.

I know there are others, but what are your thoughts on these guys and the idea of bringing in a running back via free agency.

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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 02:43:33 PM »
I still like harris...

How about the following and not just RB's:

Danny Woodhead - RB
Ryan Clady - OT
Phil Loadholt - OT
Victor Cruz - WR
Desmond Bryant - DT
Martellus Bennett - TE
Andy Levitre - OG

I would love to see Green Bay grab any of these guys.

Also, resign Brad Jones and Sam Shields.
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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2013, 02:47:13 PM »
Your suggestions:
Jackson- 30 years old in July. 1042 rushing yards last season for a 4.1 average.
Bush- 28 years old, 986 yards running, 4.3 average; receiving, 292 yards, 8.3 average.
Ivory- 24 years old, 217 yards running, 5.4 average.

Jackson is in decline. The Packers already have Benson on the roster. I know- the usual "if we can sign him cheap" will be thrown around. Why bother?
Bush, definitely interesting. But he will be in some demand, and won't come cheap. Can the Packers afford him?
Ivory- buried on the NO depth chart, has had hamstring issues. It seems the Packers already have an injury prone young RB in Starks.

The pickings in FA will tend to be first tier guys who are over the hill, or who will cost a lot, or both. I think the Packers should look for role players- second tier guys we've never heard of who can make a difference. I know TT has tried this before, with varying results. Follow the NE formula: players who fit the system, and will buy into the program on defense or offense. No "names", but just guys who are hungry, and will give their all. Kind of like Dujuan Harris.

 
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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2013, 03:04:04 PM »
How about the following:

Danny Woodhead - RB
Ryan Clady - OT
Phil Loadholt - OT
Victor Cruz - WR
Desmond Bryant - DT
Martellus Bennett - TE
Andy Levitre - OG

I would love to see Green Bay grab any of these guys.

Also, resign Brad Jones and Sam Shields.

i'm thinking loadholt might be pretty slow on the end runs, but he could be decent straight up the middle. the question is can he hold onto the ball?
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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013, 05:12:19 PM »
I actually expect Bush to be very affordable. I've been championing the idea of signing him for several months now.

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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2013, 05:27:37 PM »
I still like harris...

How about the following and not just RB's:

Danny Woodhead - RB
Ryan Clady - OT
Phil Loadholt - OT
Victor Cruz - WR
Desmond Bryant - DT
Martellus Bennett - TE
Andy Levitre - OG

I would love to see Green Bay grab any of these guys.

Also, resign Brad Jones and Sam Shields.

Cruz will want north of what Jennings is asking...not in the cards plus NY will tag him. 
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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2013, 08:18:56 PM »
I actually expect Bush to be very affordable. I've been championing the idea of signing him for several months now.

Why would Bush be "very affordable"? Almost 1300 offensive yards last season. Please persuade me.
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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2013, 08:32:18 PM »
Bush is a change of pace running back, IMO we already have that and if am wrong theirs some great picks in a solid running backs in the upcoming draft, we need a 3 down running back, Harris is that change of pace guy, we need a every down back that can pick up those 3rd and shorts with the lack of blocking.
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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2013, 08:42:22 PM »
I still like harris...

How about the following and not just RB's:

Danny Woodhead - RB
Ryan Clady - OT
Phil Loadholt - OT
Victor Cruz - WR
Desmond Bryant - DT
Martellus Bennett - TE
Andy Levitre - OG

I would love to see Green Bay grab any of these guys.

Also, resign Brad Jones and Sam Shields.

He has never played the 3-4 end position, but at 6'6"/310 Lbs. this is exactly the type of "body type" Trgovac was lamenting that we do not have along our DLine.

He is a PHYSICAL player who has recorded 9 sacks as a 4-3 situational DT the past 2 years. Has played on some truly crappy teams behind Richard Seymour and overpaid/overrated Tommy Kelly. He is smart (went to Harvard) and only 27. Oakland has serious, serious salary cap problems.

Alas, he is probably looking for a payday as he came into the league as an UFA.

BTW, anyone have interest in taking a flyer on Richard Seymour on a 1 or 2 year deal? He has had his payday and at 33 (same age as Pickett) is said to be looking for another ring to stick it to Belichek. He was once an awesome 3-4 DE and has a "nasty" attitude that is completely lacking on our D.

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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2013, 09:09:04 PM »


BTW, anyone have interest in taking a flyer on Richard Seymour on a 1 or 2 year deal? He has had his payday and at 33 (same age as Pickett) is said to be looking for another ring to stick it to Belichek. He was once an awesome 3-4 DE and has a "nasty" attitude that is completely lacking on our D.
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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2013, 01:47:58 AM »
Desmond Bryant and Michael Bennett are both intriguing options. I'd be fine with Seymour, but I doubt he'd come at a price that TT would find affordable. Matt Slauson is another guy who interests me. Young, 3 year starter that has some size and nasty to him. Not interested in any of the running backs. Grab one in the draft. Too expendable to invest a lot of money into. You can generally find a good one in the 2nd-5th rounds. Keep drafting them until you strike gold.

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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2013, 01:04:21 PM »
Why would Bush be "very affordable"? Almost 1300 offensive yards last season. Please persuade me.

I just don't think a lot of other teams would be inclined to give him what would even be considered a decent contract for a starting rb. I think it's safe to assume that he ends up with a team that: a. will sign him as their full-time starting rb, and b. can afford to pay him accordingly. I went team-by-team.

MIAMI - all indications are that they will make him a lowball offer. They have a very talented young rb in Lamar Miller, and for all I know, they may still see something in Daniel Thomas(though I don't)

NY JETS - they could use him, but are in worse cap shape than probably any team. They aren't outbidding anybody for anybody

NEW ENGLAND - probably happy enough with their committee that they wouldn't spend starter $ on another rb, but he could help them a bit, and they do have some cap room. Maybe.

BUFFALO - nope, Spiller

SAN DIEGO  - probably aren't ready to give up on Mathews yet, though I could see them drafting or signing a second-tier guy to push him or replace him if he flops again

OAKLAND - similar situation to San Diego, plus they're in rough cap shape

DENVER - they can spend a little, but I think they're pretty happy with their rb situation

KANSAS CITY - nope, Charles

PITTSBURGH - in bad shape, capwise. They'll likely draft a guy in rd. 2-4 to pair with Dwyer and maybe Redman

BALTIMORE - nope, Rice

CLEVELAND - nope, Richardson

CINCY - could definitely make a play for him. He'd likely get the majority of touches in a tandem with Green-Ellis, but it almost certainly would be a tandem, and they'd probably be overpaying for a co-#1 rb. Then again, they can afford the luxury of overpaying as they have a TON of cap room

TENNESSEE - nope, Johnson

HOUSTON- nope, Foster

JACKSONVILLE - I believe that if they're inclined to start a veteran rb, it'll be MJD

INDIANAPOLIS - another potential landing spot, as they do have a good amount of cap room. Then again, Vick Ballard played well enough to make rb a secondary concern, and they seem likely to pursue OL upgrades in free agency(and maybe in the draft as well)

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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2013, 01:35:39 PM »
Desmond Bryant and Michael Bennett are both intriguing options. I'd be fine with Seymour, but I doubt he'd come at a price that TT would find affordable. Matt Slauson is another guy who interests me. Young, 3 year starter that has some size and nasty to him. Not interested in any of the running backs. Grab one in the draft. Too expendable to invest a lot of money into. You can generally find a good one in the 2nd-5th rounds. Keep drafting them until you strike gold.

Seymour had made enough money over his career, I bet for one last shot at a SB he would sign fairly affrodably. But doesn't seem like the kind of signing for TT.

The RB options are intriguing. Bush for 2 years might not be bad.

However, MM would first have to commit to using the run game as a legit part of his offense and stay with it when it's doing well instead of always going back to the long ball. Otherwise Bush would be wasted.

Harris/benson should be a decent backfield, so i think unless a great RB falls to TT at 26 this year we won't see any RB signings.

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Re: Anyone want a free agent running back?
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2013, 01:57:17 PM »
DALLAS - pretty decent rbs + no cap space

NY GIANTS - time for David Wilson to shine. If they want a veteran complement, they have a couple of good ones

PHILADELPHIA - nope, McCoy

WASHINGTON - nope, Morris

ST. LOUIS - drafted 2 rbs last year. Unlikely to let Jackson walk, then turn around and pay another vet rb

SAN FRANCISCO - they have good rbs young and old

SEATTLE - nope, Lynch

ARIZONA - they could use him, but have no $ to spend. What a terrible organization

GREEN BAY - he'd be a big upgrade, and we should be able to spend a little in free agency if we see fit to do so. He'd play all three downs here, probably being spelled primarily by Harris

CHICAGO - nope, Forte

MINNESOTA - nope, Peterson

DETROIT -  you can make a case for or against Leshoure as a good starting rb, but regardless, the Lions have little cap room and eight defrnsive starters(!) hitting free agency

ATLANTA - Turner's best days are behind him, and they can spend a little. But I think it's more likely they draft a rb to pair with Rodgers

CAROLINA - already spending a zillion dollars a week on their ok backfield

TAMPA BAY - nope, Martin

NEW ORLEANS - highly unlikely. They have a versatile backfield and no cap room

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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2013, 02:43:07 PM »
Desmond Bryant and Michael Bennett are both intriguing options. I'd be fine with Seymour, but I doubt he'd come at a price that TT would find affordable. Matt Slauson is another guy who interests me. Young, 3 year starter that has some size and nasty to him. Not interested in any of the running backs. Grab one in the draft. Too expendable to invest a lot of money into. You can generally find a good one in the 2nd-5th rounds. Keep drafting them until you strike gold.

Seymour had made enough money over his career, I bet for one last shot at a SB he would sign fairly affrodably. But doesn't seem like the kind of signing for TT.

The RB options are intriguing. Bush for 2 years might not be bad.

However, MM would first have to commit to using the run game as a legit part of his offense and stay with it when it's doing well instead of always going back to the long ball. Otherwise Bush would be wasted.

Harris/benson should be a decent backfield, so i think unless a great RB falls to TT at 26 this year we won't see any RB signings.

Agree with you regarding Seymour on both counts (he may be looking for another ring more than just $) and that he does not seem like the kind of signing TT makes.

But just out of curiosity, just what "kind" of free agent signing exactly does TT make?

If we are looking at another bargain basement Philip Merling, Jeff Saturday, Anthony Hargrove "splurge" into free agency, I'd rather TT just forego free agency altogether as he has most offseasons.