ARLINGTON, TX - FILE: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. According to reports on July 28, 2011, Jackson has reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Following up on my previous post about the Green Bay Packers free agent losses on defense, I turn to the other side of the football and look at the offense. More offensive players have found new homes, but the names aren't as big as they were on defense.
Here's the free agent tracker from NFL.com showing the new teams for these former offensive starters.
LG Daryn Colledge, Cardinals. The team and player were a very good fit in the sense that Colledge needed to find a new home, and the Cardinals needed a new left guard after Alan Faneca retired. Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine why did the Cardinals chose Colledge over any of the other guards available in free agency. AZ Central said Colledge fills "an immediate need."
FB Korey Hall, Saints. Canal Street Chronicles says that Hall is "one of three FBs currently on the roster all fighting for one spot" which might mean he has an uphill battle ahead, or their looking for Heath Evans's replacement. Hall's good enough to win a starting job, if he's healthy, and staying healthy has been a problem for him over the past couple seasons.
RB Brandon Jackson, Browns. Dawgs By Nature thinks "Jackson is an ideal complement to the tandem of Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty" and pointed out his 43 receptions in 2010. If all they're looking for is a good blocker and receiver, then the Browns made a good move, but the price (two years for $4.5 million) seems like too much.
TE Donald Lee, Eagles. The Eagles dream team just continues to get better! Seriously, as Bleeding Green Nation mentioned, Lee will give them the blocking TE they've been lacking, and it might help open up their offense because TE Brent Celek won't have to "block so much."
OL Jason Spitz, Jaguars. The player I thought would be looking for a backup role instead found a three-year contract in Jacksonville. NFL.com currently has him listed as a center, but Big Cat Country expects he'll be given "every chance to win the starting left guard position." As you might recall, Spitz rarely played left guard with the Packers, and I recall one disastrous preseason game against the 49ers in which he was completely awful at left guard. But he was being groomed as the Packers center of the future back in 2009, and maybe he'll get another chance to start at center with the Jaguars.