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Packers 2012 Free Agents: Jarrett Bush

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The Green Bay Packers usually make the right move with their personnel and coaching decisions, but there have been a few that defy explanation. First, Ted Thompson's love of signing middling linebackers to multi-year contracts (A.J. Hawk, Brady Poppinga, Brandon Chillar). Second, the retention of special teams coach Shawn Slocum in the face of disastrous seasons in 2009 and 2010 (to his credit, the special teams were pretty good in 2011). Third, that CB Jarrett Bush has received substantial playing time over the past six seasons.

Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
2011 - Jarrett Bush 12 1.5 13 2 39 0 19 3 22

Just as Dr. Strangelove learned to love the bomb, I've come to accept that he'll always have a place on the Packers roster. Does he deserve it? Isn't there anyone better? These are irrelevant questions. The Packers want him out there.

The only question is whether they'll be able to. Despite their infatuation with him, they haven't been eager to start him. They've been content to let him play a poor man's Charles Woodson (when Woodson was held out of a game or when he was injured during the Super Bowl), and become a leader on special teams.

The last time he was a free agent, the Titans actually offered him a multi-year contract, but the Packers matched it. Now with a Super Bowl ring to his name, it's possible some team might view him as a legitimate nickel cornerback. If he received a contract equal to that of a low-end starter, I don't think the Packers would offer him the same. Of course, that depends on whether another team is so thin at cornerback that they'd offer him more than a couple million per season.