Note: Relax, no need to go check your calendar – it’s not Sunday. Just a little scheduling snafu. Look for a bonus edition tomorrow, though…
I’m going straight to the Packers news and commentary this week. No time for a long intro rant or rave. There is snow to shovel. More and more snow to shovel.
By the time this winter is over, my back is going to snap in half from shoveling and Dr. Pat McKenzie will refuse to clear me in time for training camp.
Packers news, notes and links
- Tyler Dunne at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel talked to a bunch of folks about Sam Shields. Is Shields worth a mega-contract? You might not find a faster corner in the league. But Shields also has missed games every season with various injuries. And he has a little ways to go before truly being one of the league’s top corners instead of having the potential to be one of the league’s top corners. As with any free-agent decision, it all comes down to value. I’d like to see Shields re-signed, but if he walks, the Packers still have Tramon Williams, a returning Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde and Davon House at cornerback.
- Mike Mccarthy sounded optimistic in an interview at the NFL Scouting Combine that Jermichael Finley would play again. Finley had the same two vertebrae fused that ended Nick Collins career. I’m rooting for Finley to make it back, but I still have doubts that, if he does return, it’ll be with the Packers. Either way, I’m curious what kind of offer he gets in free agency if he is cleared.
- Ted Thompson also spoke at the combine. As usual, he said nothing.
- I agree with John Rehor over at Packerstalk.com: Let’s calm down about Ted Thompson preparing to go all nutso in free agency. I don’t see it happening. I do think Thompson will sign a few guys. There has been value in some under-the-radar veterans in recent years that don’t completely blow up a team’s payroll. Thompson has missed the boat on some of these guys and won’t want to miss it again. At least I hope he won’t…
- As always, when you’re at Packerstalk.com, check out the latest podcasts from this week.
- This is an interesting post from Brian Carriveau at CheeseheadTV examining Nick Perry and the three-point stance. Should Perry go back to putting his hand on the ground as a defensive end instead of standing up as an outside linebacker? Who knows. Either way, he needs to stay healthy. That’s priority No. 1.
- Ian Rappoport from NFL.com reported this week that one of the Packers top priorities is signing Jordy Nelson to a contract extension. Thompson will probably have to open up his wallet after re-signing Nelson (4 years, $14 million) for way below what his market value eventually became halfway through the 2011 season. Randall Cobb wants a new deal too, but it sounds like those talks haven’t started yet. I say sign both of these guys ASAP.
Non-Packers links and other nonsense
- If you’re not watching HBO’s True Detective, you’re missing out on an amazing hour of television every week.
- This Brian Williams mashup to “Rapper’s Delight” is good, but I prefer The Wolfe of Wall Street Meshuggah face.
- What’s the first old-school wrestling pay-per-view that you’re going to watch when the WWE Network launches on Monday? I’m going to watch Wrestlemania VIII. Ric Flair vs. Macho Man Randy Savage was a classic.
- Looking to maximize your profits on selling Girl Scout cookies? Set up shop in front of a pot dispensary.
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .
9 thoughts on “Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived”
You seem to be reassured that should Shields leave, the same guys at corner will be coming back. I am not, and shudder how it will be in 2014 without SS. I admire your optimism even if I don’t share it.
Just read where Sam Shields asking price is $5 million a year. He wants a contract like Tim Jennings received in January, 4 years $22.4 million. If that’s the case, whats the hold up? TT threw money at Hawk, Crosby, Burnett, hell even Jones to name a few.
I thought I remember you saying that Rosenhaus would price him out of GB. If that is what Shields is looking for you certainly were wrong about that.
On Nelson and Cobb, IMO there is not much that can be done before the roster foe 2014 gets resolved (who comes back, who do they get in UFA and Draft).
I dont look for any action on Nelson and Cobb until May, (Rodgers and Matthews signed in April last season, but the UFA period is longer this year. May also lets TT see what we will draft). July (Training Camp) will be too late.
JMO, but it seems to me that Cobb will be the higher priority — Jordy is great, but has a ‘typical’ receiver skill set. Cobb is more one of a kind.
This is a big offseason for the Pack, regardless of how it turns out.
Actually I’ve read several reports that are exactly opposite, Nelson is the priority. Who really knows? It’s all talk to fill time till the draft.
I disagree, Jordy is your #1 receiver type. Cobb is a slot / all-purpose guy. Jordy is top priority, but they will both be back – more than you can say for James Jones…
Jordy should absolutely be the priority over Cobb. That’s not a knock on Cobb. I agree both will stay in GB, James Jones they will let walk. If he comes back Jones will take what the team gives, probably less than his recent contract.
I sometimes wonder what games people were watching when they say Sam Shields is just an ok CB. He went his whole rookie year without a PI call and has unbelievable make up speed (he sometimes relies on it too much)he is the most naturally talented one i have seen if 45 years of watching the pack
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