I tried writing a post about the Packers loss to the Giants, but the tears in my eyes prevented me from finishing it.
Once I stopped crying, I decided to look ahead and give my two cents on what the Packers should do with their 2012 free agents. These are off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts so I reserve the right to change my mind later.
Please join me in discussing the future, anything to forget about what happened Sunday.
Franchise him. Very few Packers fans like Finley at the moment, but it’s too soon to give up on a 24 year old with his physical skills. A one-year franchise tag allows the Packers to cut ties after 2012 if Finley fades.
Let him walk. It sounds so simple to demand the Packers franchise Flynn and trade him, but it’s not that easy. Do you really want to waste the tag on Flynn and possibly not get what you want in return while Finley (who is only 24 years old!) walks? Ted Thompson will only tag Flynn if he knows he has a Packers-friendly trade lined up.
Resign. I don’t like making a multi-year commitment to a 31 year old, but you can’t always have a rebuilding mindset. Locking up Wells keeps Aaron Rodgers upright and allows Thompson to focus more on defense in the draft.
Let him walk. I suppose the market could be soft for Grant, but I’m guessing someone will want to pay him more than he’s worth. Grant had a nice run toward the end of the season, but the Packers will be better off using their resources elsewhere.
Resign. Unless someone offers him a chance to start (and starter money), why not bring him back for a year? Thompson likes versatile players and maybe someone could teach him to play backup safety.
Let him walk. Green was a non-factor all season.
Let him walk. Hopefully the Packers find an OLB in the draft so they can cut ties with Walden, both for his lackluster play and off-field issues.
Let him walk. No explanation needed.