With the Green Bay Packers generating little in the way of news and the NFL Scouting Combine still a week away, this part of the offseason tends to revolve around hypothetical roster transactions. As the Packers rarely commit to major moves in free agency, trades and draft selections dominate the Green Bay news cycle.
That remains true in 2017, as the Packers could conceivably trade their prized young quarterback, Brett Hundley, should the right opportunity arise. Hundley represents just one of the Packers under the microscope this offseason, however.
Earlier in his career, Aaron Rodgers suggested that he didn’t plan to extend his career into his late 30s or beyond. The two-time MVP has changed his tune in recent years, pointing to Tom Brady’s late-career dominance as a model he aims to replicate. With Rodgers taking even better care of his body as a result and his play showing no signs of decline, perhaps the Packers could take advantage of the QB-needy teams and deal rising third-year quarterback Brett Hundley. What kind of compensation Hundley could garner remains unclear, however, as he has attempted just 10 regular-season passes (all in garbage time).
While many assume Eddie Lacy will only attract a one-year “prove-it” offer this offseason, recent contracts for others at his position suggest the bruising back should receive a two-year deal from someone. If correct, the Packers might feel less inclined to bring him back given his health and weight struggles in recent years.
Purely based on production, Clay Matthews did not live up to his contract last season, and availability concerns could increasingly dog the edge rusher as he continues to age. However, with Julius Peppers, Nick Perry, and Datone Jones all set to his free agency this offseason, the Packers lack any leverage to ask for a pay cut from their longest-tenured defender. While Matthews could leave Green Bay in the not too distant future, that doesn’t appear likely in 2017.
Mike Spofford of Green Bay’s official site presents some interesting offensive numbers from the 2016 season. The best one? The team converted at least 50 percent of their third-down situations during their first seven games. However, during the Packers’ eight-game winning streak, opponents held the offense to less than a 50 percent conversion rate five times.