Now it’s time for Nick Perry to figure it out.
The 28th overall pick in the 2012 draft has been a huge disappointment so far. He has missed 16 games in three years, but the outside linebacker has only tallied nine sacks and 60 tackles in his Packers’ career.
And that’s why Perry’s fifth-year $7.751 million option was not picked up by Green Bay.
The Packers just don’t know what they have.
They’ve been patient with him when he got nicked up and didn’t play. They even tried him out at the elephant defensive end position, which amounted to a fart in the wind.
Perry came in with a lot of promise. He was supposed to the other bookend for Clay Matthews. It also helped that both Perry and Matthews played ball at Southern Cal. But, obviously their career arcs went in two completely different directions.
The Packers were left with no choice. If they picked up Perry’s option, they were likely limiting their future ability to sign their 2016 free agents. Guys like Mike Neal and Mason Crosby might have been at risk if Perry’s option was picked up.
Now that’s not to say the Packers still can’t bring Perry back.
But what it is saying is the Packers want to see something. This is the Packers’ way of saying, “The ball’s in your court big boy. Give us all you’ve got.”
Perry can be disappointed. But he better not stray too far from his mirror when he decides to play the blame game. His lateral speed has always been an issue, which compounds his other glaring mistake of being out of position.
There’s still plenty of time for Perry to carve out a solid career. Heck, he’s only 25. But his attitude must change and he has to come to minicamp and training camp playing like he’s auditioning for a job.
Because in reality he is.——————
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn