Cory's Corner: Pendulum Is Swinging Toward Defense

The signing of Campbell shows how much the Packers prioritize a dynanmic and dominant defense. 

Last week, the Packers agreed to bring back their most important offensive player. 

On Monday, the Packers agreed to bring back their most important defensive player. 

If I have said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. De’Vondre Campbell cannot be understated. I know that Aaron Rodgers was the MVP last year, but without Campbell, I don’t see the Packers winning 13 regular season games. 

And the reason why we all liked Campbell was because he was so undervalued. He just did it. If you need a guy to cover a dynamic running back, he’s your man. If you need a guy to cover a thick tight end, he’s got you. If you need a guy to pin his ears back and rush the passer, Campbell is the guy. 

What’s the one quality that Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst absolutely adores? None other than versatility. Campbell fits that perfectly. There are so many things that Campbell not only does, but does very well. 

And that’s why Gutekunst could not afford to sign him. The Packers gave Campbell a five-year, $50 million deal while they are still trying to figure out Davante Adams’ contract. 

That should tell you something right there. As long as Rodgers has been on this roster, the offense has always been a step or two ahead. But with three dominant players in Kenny Clark, Campbell and Jaire Alexander at all three levels of the Green Bay defense, the tide is changing.

So what defensive player should the Packers sign next? After seeing what Deebo Samuel did to the Packers on third-and-7 with 1:03 left in the NFC Divisional Playoff, I would argue that it’s time to give Clark a running mate and go after Akiem Hicks. After the Bears sent Khalil Mack to the Chargers, it’s obvious that Chicago is going to be toothless on defense. Hicks is 32, but he’s very good against the run and tallied five sacks last year — which is a lot better than Dean Lowry or Tyler Lancaster. 

Most importantly, Hicks will more than likely be willing to take less for a Super Bowl team — which the Packers most certainly are. 

Signing Campbell seems so simple. But the inside linebacker that does a little bit of everything affects so many things and will open the field up for others. 

It’s still hard to believe that the Packers didn’t value the inside linebacker position a few years ago and now that position is the cornerstone of a solid defense. 

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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NickPerry's picture

March 15, 2022 at 06:25 am

"But with three dominant players in Kenny Clark, Campbell and Jaire Alexander at all three levels of the Green Bay defense, the tide is changing."

I'd argue there's MORE than just three players Cory. No offense Cory and I agree with those three completely, but I'd also include Rashan Gary too. Not to mention Adrian Amos was pretty damn GREAT in 2020 and still really solid in 2021. Hey if Stokes doesn't hit a sophomore slump, this defense is cooking with gas.

IF the Packers can get a running mate for Kenny Clark and Darnell Savage plays MUCH closer to the last 9 weeks of 2020, this is one of the top defenses in the ENTIRE NFL...Easy!

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HawkPacker's picture

March 15, 2022 at 06:42 am

I agree Nick. And if they can somehow sign Rasul Douglas.....................

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LLCHESTY's picture

March 15, 2022 at 06:47 am

If they do resign him I'd like to see them try him as the slot defender. He's such a good tackler he might thrive there. His dedication to film study can only help inside too.

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NickPerry's picture

March 15, 2022 at 07:05 am

Douglas would be sweet, so would a run stuffer next to Kenny Clark.

BUT...I'm dying to know the EXACT details of Rodgers contract. The 4 years, $200 million, $153 million guaranteed has been said to be incorrect.

So what in the hell is the CORRECT numbers then???

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HawkPacker's picture

March 15, 2022 at 07:35 am

Sadly, I don't believe he has signed yet. Disappointing not knowing what is going on. Is he pressuring Gute & Company regarding Adams or what is goin on?

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:19 am

It may be, after Rodgers decided to continue to play for the Pack, he and Gutey agreed to finalize the deal to make it as cap friendly and re-sign/restructure as many key teammates as possible. Wouldn't be wonderful if Rodgers was being Captain Cooperative this offseason?

On the other hand, it is also possible he is holding back signing a final deal until it looks like Adams is going to get his multiyear deal.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 15, 2022 at 01:01 pm

They need two more D linemen. A DT and a five tech.

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LLCHESTY's picture

March 15, 2022 at 06:44 am

I think they pick up Savage's 5th year option this year but if he doesn't pick up his game a little expect to see them draft a safety early in the draft next year. I'd really like to see them draft one early on day 3 that can cover deep, I think that could really open up what they can do with Savage and Amos. Nick Cross played a lot of deep snaps for Maryland last year but he really lit it up at the combine so I'm not sure where you could expect to see him drafted.

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NickPerry's picture

March 15, 2022 at 07:03 am

I think Savage should play the "Star" role in Barry's defense. In 2020 when he played closer to the LOS he was one of the best Safeties in the NFL according to PFF and my own eyes IIRC.

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LLCHESTY's picture

March 15, 2022 at 07:11 am

The Star is pretty much just the slot defender. I'm not sure Savage is a guy you want constantly covering guys in the slot. I thought he played his best in the Robber role where he could see the field and crash down on the underneath routes and runs to the outside. I like Douglas' size at the Star at 208 lbs. He's not as fast as Savage but he trusts his eyes and reacts very fast.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 15, 2022 at 01:06 pm

Savage has the speed to blitz the QB. THe Star guy has to be able to get there in a hurry and read the offensive formations just as fast. The Honey Badger is the disruptor you need , but he's out of reach. Can Savage improvise and dictate the plan of attack?? If he could he would have been there last season. He has the 4.38 speed , but has a poor track record reading the field and picking off the deep shots. I would wait him out on the extension.

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dobber's picture

March 15, 2022 at 07:20 am

I would argue they need to find a S for decent depth regardless.

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Johnblood27's picture

March 15, 2022 at 07:36 am

Correct.

Razor thin behind Amos and a shaky Savage.

Expect a couple slot/safety types in this draft.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2022 at 09:05 am

We need a deep capable player. We have none behind the starters, even on paper. We supposedly have a bunch of slot types, but whether any good enough is a valid question.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 15, 2022 at 01:08 pm

Just keep Black off of the roster. They will take another look at Scott.

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PeteK's picture

March 15, 2022 at 11:48 am

A far as S backups, I'm ok with Black and Scott. However, Douglas is a well proven star in our D. His presence and another good DT could make our D dominant. That could greatly help us win a championship because relying on other facets certainly has not worked out well.

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Johnblood27's picture

March 15, 2022 at 07:40 am

Submitted for your approval...

one running mate - TJ Slaton...

It is time... for Slaton to emerge as a significant role player as a run stuffer for the DL. He and Clark could anchor early downs and short yardage snaps.

I would like to see a dynamic 5 technique drafted to allow a 3 man line of Lowrey, Clark and "said dynamic 5 tech" to accompany Gary and Preston as the passing down rush team.

I think we need one of these and an Edge in this draft.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

March 15, 2022 at 07:51 am

I think Slaton will play a bigger role this year, for sure. But they still need more and better DL depth. Lowry had a bit of a bounce back year but I still think he (and potentially Amos) will be a cap casualty.

DL, OLB, and WR are all going to be pretty thin going into the draft.

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dobber's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:51 am

After a year in a pro lifting and nutrition program, Slaton should be ready to at least absorb Lancaster's snaps as a run-down DL. If he plays well, he could absorb snaps in Keke's role, too (the two dovetail).

There should be a couple cap adjustments, yet, but the Packers are close to compliance--supposedly 12's cap number has been reset to $28M this season, getting $16M back. Whether that change is official, yet, I don't know.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 15, 2022 at 01:11 pm

Lowry is a a good rush end , but he is a liability in run defense. The Pack has to bring in two or three big boys up front.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 15, 2022 at 12:36 pm

Spot on John!

Plus, as good as Campbell was, or anyone else Clark is the defensive player that makes the defense what it is. All starts upfront! Yes, be nice if Slaton steps up to the plate (opps)....or maybe better phrased 'upped his game' in year 2.

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CoryJennerjohn's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:28 am

I agree 100% Nick. Those three guys are the pillars of that defense. Rashan Gary is right there too and I would argue that Gary will have the most impactful year from any defensive player on this roster. And I will admit that I was wrong on Gary. I was unsure about the pick at No. 12, but he has developed into a very good football player in the last two seasons. Last year, he played 68% of the defensive snaps and this year I would guess that he barely comes off the field.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 15, 2022 at 07:59 am

Not to get off topic, but does anyone really no why BJ Raji stepped away from the game (and stayed away)? Man, he made it easy to cheer for him...loved his motor. That Pick 6 and dance against Chicago was beautiful!

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CoryJennerjohn's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:22 am

This is a question that I've often thought about. After the 2015 season, in which he played 46% of the defensive snaps, he opted to take a hiatus to help his family and then he decided to walk away from the game two years later. Depending on his physical condition, he could probably still play a role on most NFL teams.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:23 am

Okay, thanks much CJJ... appreciated!

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jont's picture

March 15, 2022 at 11:14 am

As I recall his mother was ill, and he took a year off to be with her. Not sure what came next to keep him away from the game.

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PeteK's picture

March 15, 2022 at 11:52 am

That is a very grueling position to play and a very short life span because of it.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 16, 2022 at 09:02 am

He obviously quit for his long-term health. My hope would be he decided to lose 80+ pounds and stay healthy. This would be a great article by some sports writer to follow up on.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 15, 2022 at 10:08 am

The three highest paid players on the Packers are on offense....Rodgers, Adams, and Bakhtiari. Together, those three players make more than the entire defense combined.

Edit: How does a simple statement of fact get a downvote?

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Johnblood27's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:17 am

True, but they have also led us to so many Championships... oops...

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:29 am

That's a lot of team treasure for sure. However, I think that would be the case for any team with those 3 particular positions manned by future HOFers. QB, WR, and LT are generally among the highest paid.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 16, 2022 at 09:05 am

I'm not sure either Adam's or Bachtiari make NFL Hall of Fame. They have to stack quite a few more years of success to accomplish that. Dave coming off that knee? Adam's whinning over a few million? Where might he end up?

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 16, 2022 at 09:06 am

Duplicate

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jont's picture

March 15, 2022 at 11:22 am

"Edit: How does a simple statement of fact get a downvote?"

An hour later, it's 3.

So let this be a lesson to you about going rogue. You post some half-baked opinion and do so with energy and conviction or you take the heat.

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PeteK's picture

March 15, 2022 at 12:02 pm

LT, because most viewers like to watch offense, it's just human nature and is present in all sports. However, balance wins championships. Get rid of Cobb, Crosby, and Lowry and sign Douglas and Hicks ( multi year, 1 guaranteed) and draft another DT and WR, please. hahahaha all the way to the SB win!

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 16, 2022 at 09:07 am

Good analysis and agree!

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 16, 2022 at 03:05 am

Probably because readers didn't think you were posting random facts but rather intended to imply something, and the inference some readers drew was something they disagreed with.

Putting the fact you cited into the context of your comenting history (didn't want to sign the "dancing bear" or the "diva" and don't want to keep the superduper WR, IIRC), I see nothing wrong with downvotes for your factual comment.

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stockholder's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:19 am

THE 3-4-4 is here to stay. Thats what these signings mean. It doesn't prioritize anything. And I believe after the success of Campbell, Amos, Smith, Mercilus, and Douglas. Gute will continue to get veterans for it. It's what Wolf did. Mix in a few picks. And its real change. The returns allow the offense to Re-Load.

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CoryJennerjohn's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:24 am

Bringing Mercilus back would be a great idea because he showed he can still play and the Packers can likely get him at a lower cost.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2022 at 09:02 am

But did he show that he can remain healthy? Nice depth but not a starter perhaps.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 16, 2022 at 09:09 am

Ahhhh....and why TT never was able to be a great GM IMO! Because of this we squandered many seasons of a talented Rodgers.

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Lphill's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:29 am

Packers took this long to realize this?

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:40 am

I was reading Douglas was a priority over Campbell. I also believe Campbell would be the most difficult player to replace on the D. So very happy he is back. He is the first Packer all pro ILB since Nick Barnett in 2007, I believe.

Now get Douglas re-signed, who has said he wants to return.

Keeping both those guys will greatly help Gutey's decision making for the draft.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:51 am

Campbell, if reports are accurate, got a contract pretty close to the upper end of predictions, with up front money and a longer term than many would have expected or offered. He got bought out of FA.

Not that I’m unhappy. If he can replicate his level of play last year, he’s the most critical piece on D that we could have brought back, but we paid him well and gambled that last season is the true representation of his ability.

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dobber's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:54 am

The analysis of the Campbell deal shows that he didn't seem to drive too hard a line on guaranteed money or a deal that's hard for the Packers to get out of after two years. It's better than I expected, all told.

I agree on your assessment of the "gamble".

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2022 at 09:11 am

A 15 million signing bonus is a pretty big number for a guy with his record.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 16, 2022 at 03:16 am

I cannot disagree because I agree that there is a gamble involved and the money is not insignificant. I loved the contract, though. I, at least, think Campbell has all the physical traits needed to perform at a high level.

I kind of think Douglas is more of a gamble. At this point I think the money he commands will be less, and thus the gamble on him more of a reasonable one to take.

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murf7777's picture

March 15, 2022 at 11:20 am

A true gamble it is, but in reality, every signing and draft pick is a gamble. I like this gamble based on the D being played and his performance.

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mrtundra's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:41 am

Hicks played in maybe 5 games last season because he was injured. If we could have gotten him 5 years ago, I'd say yes to getting him. Not now, though. I'd look to the draft for either a Jordan Davis , a Wyatt or DeMarvin Leal at DT. All three have been available to the Packers at 28 in various, recent drafts. We would get a solid DT, with either of these three, and at a rookie price.

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RCPackerFan's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:46 am

IMO Campbell was the most important FA they had to sign. (after tagging Adams).

Campbell was a Perfect fit for the defense. He brought leadership, he brought speed, he brought technically sound play to the ILB position. They have their key piece in the middle of the defense now. Something they really have not had since Desmond Bishop.

For the remaining FA's, I hope Douglas is at the top of their list. I would absolutely love to see them to have Alexander, Stokes and Douglas as our top 3 CB's.

I hope they can bring back Tonyan and Lazard also.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:59 am

They should be able to get Lazard back as a RFA. I’ve heard others are interested in Douglas. The question is how much such interest will price him at.

At this point the O is fascinating. Rodgers has yet to sign apparently, but we likely no longer have a deep threat and may not have Adams. We still have Cobb it seems. No established TE, no obvious depth that’s arrived at WR. Who are we paying Rodgers to throw to? Lazard? I can’t believe we hope that a bunch of rookies will be adequate and I don’t see where the additional cap will come for established FAs.

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Cubbygold's picture

March 15, 2022 at 09:52 am

Although I know it's too early to make any real judgements, and this one guy wouldn't fix the massive problem you're describing, but the miss on Amari Rodgers is really hurting right now. To have produced zero WR prospects in the last few years is brutal.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

March 15, 2022 at 09:26 am

Douglas - agreed. He also provides a lot of flexibility to let Alexander slide inside when appropriate.

Lazard - absolutely. He doesn't have speed but he has good hands, good situational awareness, and is a strong blocker.

Tonyan - I want him back but someone is gonna overpay for him. The injury is a concern too - it happened late enough in the year where he might not be anywhere near 100% till 2023.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:54 am

"PENDULUM Is Swinging Toward Defense"...I can picture K Greene looking into both eyes of Clay announcing, "It is TIME!"

On a side note, I hope we can draft (or FAs) some ballers for special teams. Buy them all shirts that have a picture of Stuart Smalley from SNL stating, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and doggone it, people like me..."

Go, go, go Pack go....one-handers....go!

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dobber's picture

March 15, 2022 at 08:56 am

One thing that BG always seems to do is to put some pieces in place via FA so his hand isn't forced one way or another during the draft. Certainly retaining Campbell helps. Still, there are some really glaring holes to fill, and even if the off-season moves skew toward defense so far, the draft will need to address the skill positions on offense.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 15, 2022 at 09:08 am

More in made public on #12's contract:

His new deal is essentially a four-year contract worth just under $160 million, per CBS sports NFL insider Jonathan Jones, but things get exceedingly complex upon review of the paperwork.

It contains two dummy (void) years on the back in that serve as placeholders and allow the Packers to spread the cap hit more evenly, per NFL Network, and drops his 2022 salary cap hit from $46.66 million to roughly $28 million. Rodgers will earn $150.6 million of the aforementioned $160 million in the first three years of his contract ($50 million average per season), including a robust $136.5 million over the next two seasons, the latter breaking down to $74.5 million to be earned in 2022 and $62 million set to be earned in 2023.

Here are the cap hits for each of the next three seasons:

2022: $28.5 million (decreased from $46.7 million)
2023: $31.6 million (increased from $7.7 million -- previously voidable season)
2024: $40.7 million

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Matt Gonzales's picture

March 15, 2022 at 11:13 am

If accurate, this is workable assuming, if Rodgers wants to stay after 2024 he will allow for a cap clean deal to unwind the dead money. Otherwise GB will need to find an extra $50MM under the couch cushions in 2025 (or more if he retires before then).

Ugh.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2022 at 09:47 am

As I feared, 75 million in dead cap after 2024. That contract helps this year but eats up predicted cap increases virtually single-handedly. The dead cap represents almost the entire increase projected (with tv money) till 2026.

This team is going to get older and more and more reliant on a few aging vets and a lot of first and minimum contract types.

This is the kind of contract that kills teams for years after. Not only is rebuild not the word, it will be a tear down, but it looks like we’ve no way out if Rodgers declines or gets hurt.

Absolutely insane. One year, maybe 2 with no real ability to sign FAs and aging players around a guy who hasn’t had enough around him before and will be 39 by this post season.

If we don’t win it this year, our chances are going to decline not rise. By the end of this we will make last year’s Bears look like spring chickens. At that point we aren’t rebuilding, we are scorched earth. If anything happens to Rodgers in the interim we are equally screwed.

I would say that there is an over 90 percent chance this will go down as the worst contract ever entered into by the Packers.

I love the Packers, but it’s not worth having anything invested in this leadership. What a ludicrous price to pay for a one, maybe 2 year run back with slightly less than before. Enjoy it while it lasts, because next year the decline begins snd the precipice is now well and truly guaranteed.

My disgust for the Packers FO is unprintably extreme. No fun in debating how lemmings strategically approach the cliff, so I think I will wean myself off doing so.

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Cubbygold's picture

March 15, 2022 at 09:49 am

I get this perspective, I do. The one thing I've asked myself is - what if they think Love is bad? Obviously they've been able to do a thorough evaluation of the guy, and it's possible Gute/MLF/etc. have just come to the conclusion that he isn't the future.

I was hoping for a team focused approach moving on from 12 this offseason (and last). That said, it seems like if the decision is to keep 12, you need to go all-in... that's just the requirement (unless he took dramatically less money than he could, which lets be honest was never a thought in his mind).

So I don't love the contract or what it means for the future of this team, but I don't know that a better approach would have been to allow 12 to have a 40M/year cap hit and field a lesser roster for the next 2-4 years. It seems like you have to be all-in or all-out with 12, and they're choosing all-in. Doesn't help that they saw the Rams have success with the approach.

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Coldworld's picture

March 15, 2022 at 10:12 am

The Rams were much stronger around their QB and were, and still are, better situated in cap terms. Each team is different. Stafford is younger and the deal he signed didn’t set in train self-immolation by the franchise. If the FO can’t understand that the two don’t equate them they’ve no business being employed.

This is not the 2020 Bucs or the 2021 Rams and this contract is out of all proportion with Stafford’s or Brady’s. Rodgers being paid that much for that long is self-defeating. All he did was shift that back so his greed and our shameless capitulation created a dubious but at least plausible claim to be a contender for a year, maybe somewhat the year after.

Rodgers is full of it, he gave nothing and took much and FO clearly just gave him a virtually blank check in their desperation to keep him. May they all get what they deserve. The chances are slim that it will be a trophy.

A cynic might see this contract as a form of self protection, locking in the idiocy so tightly that there is an argument that there’s nothing that can be done about it: there isn’t for years now.

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 15, 2022 at 11:28 am

I am also certain Murphy and the Exec. Committee gave Gutey a green light to offer the deal.

Its going to be a whopper of a hangover!

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 16, 2022 at 09:21 am

Cubby,
No expert anymore than most on here but what little I have seen of Love he looks like a QB that will be in the league 10+ years. I think he has the 'IT' factor but just how good he might be no idea. I don't believe Love isn't good as much as he has zero experience and you have the NFL back to back MVP at QB on your team.

I do blame the Packers for not allowing Love to play more though he either was injured or had covid during the times he easily could have gotten more playing time. I mean unfortunately Benkert got as much or more playing time this year as Love. Because of this and having a back to back NFL MVP you go with the MVP.

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stockholder's picture

March 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm

If they get an offer for Adams. They need to take it. The packers have moved on from Burks. Expect 1 pick at LB. The packers have moved on from Z. Smith. Expect a top pick to be used. But DL would replace Lowrey next year. The packers have moved on from Turner. Expect a couple of later picks there. The packers should move on from their WRS. That is the future.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 16, 2022 at 03:25 am

I understand both perspectives, but obviously I would have traded AR. I couldn't write a contract that wasn't ugly as sin for $36.5M AAV, so finding $14M more EVERY year is going to look really awful. I don't think the FO did the correct thing here.

But they have, and so time to make lemonade out of lemons. The team is going to be a decent amount better than I thought it would be, though it is thin in multiple places (the depth is suspect) and there are several holes as well. The draft will be important.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 16, 2022 at 09:46 am

The draft is always important my friend. Good thing we have 9 picks to address weaknesses and depth. Plus, our UDFA pool is usually fairly good as well, so we have that going for us.

Hope our scouting department is up for the challenge this year. We can't afford any Mike Neal's or Khyri Thornton's... ; P

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Cubbygold's picture

March 15, 2022 at 09:42 am

It's funny you mention Hicks. I too think he would be an excellent addition.

Rodgers new cap hit is $28M. Brady's cap hit this year is $20M.

Hick's projected contract is... $8M/year

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13TimeChamps's picture

March 15, 2022 at 10:11 am

Prioritizing defense (AND Special Teams) is probably prudent considering this supposedly vaunted offense...designed by one of the disciples of the vastly overrated Kyle Shanahan, and led by our All-World regular season QB... has averaged a whopping 18.6 ppg during our last 3 playoff losses.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 15, 2022 at 10:27 am

There is a reason why I am not employed by an organization in the NFL. I don't have the knowledge nor the interest to deep dive to learn all the ramifications (good and bad) of decisions made when it comes to a player and their contracts. What's best for the team both long and short term, not a strong clue.

As a fan with a love and genuine interest in the Packers and football for that matter...I am not excited. I tend to go off of my gutt feeling, that is just my personality. I don't have much faith in Rodgers both on and off the field that I see in regards to Packer topics. Correct, I do not know him and he isn't writing about me and my character...I get that. But, because he has been (is)
super talented, we should just accept the shrapnel (sp?) that flies from his character? When a contract is signed, doesn't he owe the Packers his best side? Obviously not, through my eyes. I am currently not a business owner, but...this seems to be a decision that was more out of panic than rationale.

I don't think this new money on Rodgers will change him and his abrasiveness. What appears team-oriented to help make him look good (follow the bread crumbs) comes back to HIM.

I apologize for this sentiment, I hate throwing out negative energy, especially someone's potential character in regards to their long term employer. Just being honest with my opinion and gut feeling. I hope I am wrong. I will always appreciate Aaron for his dedication to his craft but so want to move on from him and this situation (will it need to be revisited every year with him?)

I am no better than the next person, we are all trying to do the best we can. Hell, I have more issues than Sports Illustrated. I guess I just have to see how this plays out and hope for the best..

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gpt999's picture

March 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm

This team has been overly obsessed with the offense for decades now! Accordingly, its terrific for them to keep Campbell. If they can add Douglas, I would consider it a HUGE success for Gutes and Ball! But my overriding concern is that paying Rodgers' and Adams RIDICULOUS money is not going to get us a Super Bowl! Rodgers' is not hungry anymore and is frankly far too in love with himself and not the team. Adams ONLY cares about the status of being the highest paid WR in football. These are the guys who are going to take us to the "promised land"? I hope so but I have serious doubts...

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 16, 2022 at 09:29 am

Adam's isn't even close to being the best WR in the game and while I like Adam's his best years are behind him. Why pay him more as I personally think the tagged price is spot on what he should make (averaged of top 5 in league).

These guys are better players than Adam's in my opinion and the talent difference will grow each year. Then there are several other NFL WR's who in my mind are just as good but do not have a future HOF QB throwing to him.

Cooper Kupp
Jefferson
Chase

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