Several free agency questions still remain before the NFL draft in just a few weeks. Although most of the big name players have signed new contracts, there is still a handful remaining on the market that were predicted to have been picked up by now and haven’t been.
By far the biggest unanswered free agency question is what will happen to Adrian Peterson. Three weeks ago it would have been difficult to imagine that Peterson would still be searching for a new home but as a 31-year old running back, it’s likely he won’t be a sufficient performer much longer, which makes giving him the large contract he’s looking for difficult. It was rumored that Jerry Jones thought he may be a good fit behind Ezekiel Elliot but so far no moves have been made in Dallas to sign Peterson.
According to ESPN, some other potential homes for Peterson include Oakland, New York, Tampa Bay and even Green Bay. With the departure of Eddie Lacy and James Starks, it’s not completely inconceivable to picture Peterson in Green Bay but the odds of Ted Thompson signing another big free agent are very small. If the Packers opt to sign a free agent running back, Jaamal Charles would be a better fit over Peterson. As it stands, Peterson may find himself in a position as a backup come fall.
In today’s curds we’ll take a look at the other players remaining on the free agent market that should have been signed by now and which ones would be possible fits for Green Bay.
There are a few players remaining on the market that the Packers could take a gamble on including LB DeAndre Levy, RB Jaamal Charles, RB LaGarrette Blount, among others.
Week two of free agency is significantly less exciting than week one, however there are still a few big moves being made in the later days. Michelle Bruton of Bleacher Report reviewed the biggest winners and losers of the second week.
When players leave Green Bay, it’s not often they haven’t made a clear effort to stay with the Packers. Eddie Lacy, Jared Cook and T.J. Lang were all vocal about their desire to re-sign with the Packers but unfortunately were unable to do so. The Packers create an environment that makes it easy for players to succeed, not to mention the opportunity to be a part of a winning team with an MVP quarterback and super bowl winning coach. T.J. Lang was the most recent to have a difficult time saying goodbye as he moves on to Detroit.
Late last week Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul agreed to a four-year deal worth up to $66 million and $40 million guaranteed. Pierre-Paul signed a one-year deal with New York before last season.
Legendary 49er Dwight Clark announced publicly on Sunday that he has been diagnosed with ALS. Clark has a long history with San Francisco including two Super Bowls.