Pretending The Packers Could Be A Player In The 2012 Free Agent Market

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is sacked by linebacker Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans on October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.Texans won 17 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

NFL Free Agency 2012: Matt Flynn, Mario Williams Among Marquee Names Hitting The Market - SBNation.com. Other than their own players, which of these free agents would be of the most interest to the Green Bay Packers?

I ask this question hypothetically. In reality, I don't expect the Packers to be a major player in the free agent market, except to re-sign their own players. For me, I'm looking at two particular defensive lineman.

Mario Williams. He's such a great athlete that he actually played well at outside linebacker in the Texans 3-4 defense, until he was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. He should probably move back to DE in a 4-3 scheme. If he were a Packer, he might not be a good fit in their base 3-4 (not really an OLB, too small for a 3-4 DE) but he'd play a lot in their nickel package as the other defensive lineman alongside B.J. Raji. In reality, I could see him playing for the Titans, and I could see him on the Dolphins (if their salary cap permits).

Paul Soliai. He's a nose tackle, a run stopper, and was just named as a replacement to his first Pro Bowl. And he's not at all what the Packers need on the defensive line (i.e. pass rusher). But he'd be an upgrade, a very expensive upgrade based on his expected free agent payday, and at this point the Packers could use an infusion of talent on the defensive line in any form. In reality, any team playing in a 3-4 defensive scheme without an anchor at nose tackle could use him.

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