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Postby The Lung » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:58 pm

From Fanball: http://www.fanball.com/fb/article.cfm?id=9049

By Jon Lopuch, Associate Editor
Packers Offseason Needs
We continue our team-by-team look at offseason needs with the Packers, who took a step forward last season but still have a ways to go before they challenge the Bears for NFC North supremacy. General manager Ted Thompson will have to deal with plenty of questions this spring, some of which are in his hands and others he has no control over.

Areas of Need: The biggest development this offseason for the Packers will be if Brett Favre returns for another season under center. No.4 indicated he will make a decision sooner than he did last year when he told the Packers in April that he would be returning. Despite canceling his golf membership to a local country club, the general feeling seems to be that Favre still have something left in the tank and will return for another season of keeping Aaron Rogers on the bench.

The Packers need to decide if they want to offer Ahman Green a contract and keep him in Titletown. Green rebounded from an injury-plagued 2005 to go over 1,000 yards for the sixth time in his seven seasons in Green Bay. However, he did miss two games because of a hamstring injury and hasn't answered the bell for all 16 games since 2002. Vernand Morency looked good as Green's backup, but he has never been a primary runner and the Packers will be looking to get another quality back in the fold if Green finds a different team via free agency.

Starting wideouts Donald Driver and Greg Jennings are both quality players, but the Packers need to upgrade a receiving corps that was forced to rely heavily on guys like Carlyle Holiday and Ruvell Martin by the end of the season. While Green Bay won't need to spend big money or a high pick on a receiver, gathering more skilled players at the position is a must.

The Achilles' heel of the Packers defense was their secondary, and the front office would be wise to make acquiring more talent a high priority. The biggest hole is at safety, where starter Marquand Manuel failed to live up to the expectations that were placed on him when he defected from the Seahawks last offseason. Green Bay also has to address their lack of depth at cornerback, where a series of failed draft picks have left the cupboard bare behind Al Harris and Charles Woodson.

Help is on the Way? There is good news and bad news in the fact the Packers have $29.5 million in cap space, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The good news is that there is enough money in the coffers to re-sign the guys they want and make a run at the free agents they desire. The down side is that they rank in the middle of the pack in terms of cap space, so they will have to compete with several teams that have as much, if not more, money available to spend.

If the Packers allow Green to leave, there aren't many free agents who could step in and be an immediate starter. Michael Turner of the Chargers is a restricted free agent and Green Bay won't pay the high price it would take to acquire him. The rest of the group includes such average talents as Chris Brown, Correll Buckhalter, and former Packer Najeh Davenport. That means the Pack may look towards the draft as the cure to their ills and target a player such as Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bush, or Kenny Irons. The draft could also be the answer for their receiver problem because guys like Craig Davis, Chansi Stuckey and Rhema McKnight will be available in the second round and beyond.

Green Bay's secondary woes could also be addressed this April by selecting a safety such as Laron Landry or Reggie Nelson in the first round. The free agent class is thin at safety with Michael Lewis and Ken Hamlin as the headliners, and the Packers learned last season not to trust a Seahawk to come in and solve their safety problems.
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Postby skibrett15 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:07 pm

yep, that's pretty much our deal right now. Something they didn't mention at all was TE. That looks like a pretty big need to me. A TE who can stretch the middle and catch the ball.
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Postby GreenBay4Life » Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:53 am

i read this is a weak TE class this yr. there is a under classman from ariz. but i heard he has his flaws. nothing worth drafting with the 16 pick. i kinda wish they took vernon davis last yr. dont get me wrong hawk is a beast and no doubt a great player but davis was the value pick at 5. if we took him instead of hawk we could have started hodge or drafted a LB this yr 1st rd. this draft is filled with LB talent plus you can always find a solid LB via FA. with that said hawk is still a beast and i liked the pick just thought you could have gotten more with davis.
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Postby Coltonvik » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:43 am

Has anybody heard anything about picking up Tony Gonzalez from the chiefs. or are there any other TE'S whose contracts are up?
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Postby GreenBay4Life » Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:19 pm

Coltonvik wrote:Has anybody heard anything about picking up Tony Gonzalez from the chiefs. or are there any other TE'S whose contracts are up?



gonzo resigned already and the next best TE is daniel graham from the pats who i really like but isnt going to come cheap plus he really isnt the best offensive te but he is awesome at blocking.
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Postby oczindian03 » Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:53 pm

Packer4Life I'm not sure where you read that this years TE class is weak but IMO the the TE and S class have a lot of depth this year, which happen to be the positions of need for the pack IMO. I think we'll go way of a RB with the 16th pick(Marshawn Lynch, Cal) then go for a S and TE in the 2nd & 3rd. Also I'm skeptical of Ted Thompson spending big bucks for any position as he'll probably go to his old ways and build everything through the draft.
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Postby GreenBay4Life » Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:09 am

oczindian03 wrote:Packer4Life I'm not sure where you read that this years TE class is weak but IMO the the TE and S class have a lot of depth this year.


Well lets see there is one TE projected to be a 1st rd pick this year and thats Zach Miller out of Ariz. the info im reading on him is that he lacks speed and blocking ability. Besides most mocks have him going to chi. with pick 31. the next best te is greg olson a jr. from miami who has blocking issues as well. no other TE's on the rankings list have 1st rd potential. Now lets compare this draft to last yrs 06 class where 8 te's went in the first 3 rds. 2 in the 1st 3 in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd. this yrs class doesnt even compare and if you think that drafting a te in the 2nd or 3rd rd with this yrs class is really going to help the pack win then were in big trouble. bottom line yea there might be quality te in the draft but no one really stands out that to me makes it a weak class. as for them drafting lynch i dont see it happening he has already had off the field issues and i think the packers are set with re-signing green and running him into the ground. look for packers to go to secondary 1st rd. Look for thompson to have to add somebody big in FA on off. or def. bc the packers still have alot of holes to fill.
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Postby The Lung » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:45 am

From: http://www.fanball.com/fb/article.cfm/ID.9654/Football

By Jon Lopuch, Associate Editor

Packers Draft Preview

Wants and Needs: The Packers' biggest need on offense is at running back, where the departure of Ahman Green has left Vernand Morency atop the depth chart and Noah Herron as his primary backup. The team's most glaring need on defense is at safety because last year's signing of Marquand Manuel was a flop and there is no one on the roster with any starting experience who can take his place. Green Bay also needs to address their lack of depth at several positions. Their receiving corps is wafer-thin after the starting pair of Donald Driver and Greg Jennings and an heir apparent for the declining Bubba Franks should be a priority, as well. Cornerback is another position the Packers will struggle at if the starters go down. The Pack has a similar issue at defensive tackle, where the group is very inexperienced.

Potential Selections: The Packers could have several quality players that fit needs drop to them in the first round. Cal running back Marshawn Lynch and Florida safety Reggie Nelson would both be favorites to win starting jobs out of training camp if chosen. If both those guys are gone, general manager Ted Thompson may look at Miami tight end Greg Olsen, who is the top available player at the position and would give Brett Favre an exciting new weapon to stretch the field with. The Packers would be wise to address running back in the second round if they don't in the first, with Antonio Pittman or Kenny Irons being the likely choices there. Receivers such as Aundrae Allison or Jason Hill could be had in the middle rounds and provide depth. Speaking of depth, Green Bay may add some to their defensive line with the likes of Tank Tyler or Keith Jackson, the namesake and son of the former Packers tight end.

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Round One: 16th overall
Round Two: 47th overall
Round Three: 78th overall
Round Four: 112th overall
Round Five: 157th overall
Round Six: 193rd overall
Round Seven: 228th overall, 235th overall, 243rd overall
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