2011 Packers Yearbook: Player You Would Cut Right Now (If You Were Ted Thompson)
(Be sure to place your vote in the poll below.)
Adam: Ray Dominguez. Hey, the Packers were 15-1. Why would I want to cut any of the regulars that contributed to a great season. I’ll cut Dominguez because he was signed late and never played.
Al: Chad Clifton. Cliffy’s been a solid performer and a good soldier, but he’s been fighting a breaking-down body for a few years now. Counting on him would be a huge mistake and the Packers could use the cap room and roster spot. It’s time for Newhouse and/or Sherrod to claim the job.
Chad: Sadly, I would have to release Donald Driver. We’ve all been through this discussion multiple times now, so it’s no shock to say that he’s in his waning years and would just be taking up a roster spot from a younger player on the rise. I would make the move now instead of in training camp so that Driver has the ability to sign and get comfortable with a new team.
Kris: Pat Lee. Do I really need to show the tape from the regular season finale against the Lions? Don’t make me do it. I SWEAR! I’LL DO IT!!! To be fair, I’m not basing this on one game either. Lee has been a punchline for awhile. Time to go bye bye.
Michael: I agree with Chad’s assessment and would have to cut Donald Driver. With a nice stable of talent at the wide receiver position and practice squad player Tori Gurley set to make the leap into the 53-man roster, there just isn’t any more room for the 37-year old wide receiver. As Chad already mentioned, cutting Driver sooner rather than later makes a lot of sense and would be a classy move to allow Driver every opportunity to find a good fit for his new team.
Thomas: Of course we could all pick some camp body currently on the roster but I don’t think that would really say much, so how about Nick Collins? Simply put, I’m afraid for his safety. Neck injuries are dangerous and the NFL is a dangerous place; I think its a fair trade to have creaky knees after playing football, but nothing is worth have to eat through a straw for the rest of your life. Even if Collins is deemed healthy enough to play by the doctors, Collins is now always going to be a injury risk and frankly I’m not sure Thompson should give Collins the option to play in the NFL (can players be banned for life for their own good?) I really wish there was someway for Collins to keep playing and still remain safe, but the nature of the injury could preclude that option.
Zach: Pat Lee would be a good choice, but he’s a free agent and can’t be cut. I’ve obviously been a proponent of cutting Donald Driver, too. But letting go of veteran tackle Chad Clifton also makes a lot of sense. He’ll turn 36 years old this summer and is due almost $5.5 million next season. I wouldn’t be against Clifton returning next season for depth at tackle, but there’s no way Thompson can keep such a fragile player on the roster at a $5.5 million cap number. The Packers will be fine up front if he moves on.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.