Railbird Central Podcast: Free Agency Predictions

Will they stay or will they go? The future of all 12 Packers free agents is predicted.

Episode 638

Now that Mason Crosby has agreed to a contract extension, the Green Bay Packers have 12 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next week. To predict whether they'll be back in Green Bay or not, we welcome onto the show Cheesehead TV's own Al Bracco. After the interview, we also break down Crosby's contract and discuss news that Packers cornerback Damarious Randall was released by police after a car passenger was cited for marijuana possession.


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March 03, 2016 at 04:04 am

This was a fine podcast with a lot of intelligent comments which drew the proper conclusions (= they agreed with my own). Here are some comments below about the podcast and your recent articles.

I don't think GB prioritized Guion over Raji as to talent or productivity. Raji consistently overvalues his worth and needs to hear the crickets from other GMs before he signs a contract. With Pennel's suspension, TT needed someone under contract who can plausibly play NT and couldn't wait for Raji to figure it out. I wrote that Guion was overpaid and set a bad baseline for the Raji negotiations until the Pennel suspension came to light.

Agree on not tendering Mulumba (one of my favorite guys) and Taylor. Not worth $1.696 million each. Better to re-sign these guys for a lot less, basically the min., though I have some qualms about Taylor, who showed he can fill in for a game to two if necessary. I was reluctant to tender Richardson, and opposed matching. Never thought he could cover anyone (Vandy did even try to get him to cover anyone) and thus he had no position. This hybrid concept is intriguing, but Sean R. wasn't the right candidate to make the system adapt to him. I will look into Jeremy Cash as a candidate for the hybrid position.

Agree on Barclay. He is a medical decision. If GB thinks he will or might return to his former level, re-sign him for a little over the minimum.

Agree on keeping Goode. I got criticized in the comments for keeping 2 long snappers. I didn't see enough of Lovato to know if he can duplicate 8 years of error free snaps or if he offers more in coverage.

Somewhat agree on Crosby, though I guess I think you waffled by suggesting you were fine with the contract. TT seems incapable of playing hardball with his guys if he likes them. $4 million for Crosby is obscene - it represents a 70% raise, plus it contains a $5.1 million guarantee, which is also high. I am in a lonely minority on this issue. Only 1 other person in the comments section - Evan - suggested the contract seemed a tad rich. Not even the big cap increases can lead to 70% increases in pay for guys on their third contract with no upside or improved play.

Agree on Neal/Perry for reasons you cited.

Randall should tell the NFL he needs a religious accommodation as he has to visit Mecca for 3 weeks (that's how long it take cannabis to leave the system, right?), or visit a buddhist Temple with a requirement of absolute solitude, or a trip to the amazon jungle, if he was imbibing along with Jalen Strong. Whatever works.

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