Davon House wanted the opportunity to be the #1 cornerback on a team, and of course, the eventual payday that will come with it. Looks like he’ll be getting that opportunity with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he didn’t do poorly in the money department, either.
House, who has a total of 14 career starts for the Packers in four years, will reportedly be accepting a four year contract offer between 6-6.25 M per year, with roughly $10 M in guaranteed money.
Unlike Randall Cobb, who decided to forego other, more lucrative opportunities, House went for it all, and we can’t really blame him.
The kicker for House (a tidbit we learned thanks to JSOnline’s Tom Silverstein), is that House’s college head coach and position coach are both on the Jaguars’ staff.
So what was Ted Thompson thinking in letting House fly the coop?
Well, Silverstein also reports that Ted was willing to come close to the salary offer, but balked at the guaranteed money, only willing to offer $5M.
I call that a prudent move by Ted Thompson. House has had issues staying healthy and while he has played well in spurts, his overall body of work and availability issues do not suggest #1 CB status and worthy of that much guaranteed money. Thompson (and Russ Ball) are masters at managing the NFL salary cap and are always looking at both the present and future effect contracts will have on the team.
Every year, the Packers have cap space available to re-sign the guys they consider core players and even dabble in free agency if the right situation presents itself (see Julius Peppers).
As a draft and develop team, they highly value their draft picks. Looking on the bright side, the contract House signed will probably result in a 4th round compensatory pick for the Packers in next year’s draft.
House leaving does, of course, shed a different light on the Tramon Williams negotiations, who now has a much stronger bargaining position. before the House signing, I didn’t think the Packers were overly interested in bring Williams back, unless they got a substantial bargain. That may now have to change.
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.