5 Moves the Green Bay Packers Simply Must Make This Offseason

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIFebruary 6, 2012

5 Moves the Green Bay Packers Simply Must Make This Offseason

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    The Green Bay Packers are coming off a 15-1 regular season, but a loss in the playoffs to the New York Giants showed that this team still has some work to do.

    The offseason will be extremely important for this Packers team as they desperately need to improve in numerous areas.

    Here are five offseason moves that the Green Bay Packers must simply make.

Draft a Pass-Rusher in the First Round

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    The first area of the team that the Green Bay Packers need to address is their pass rush.

    The easiest, and best, way to do this would be to draft an elite pass-rusher with their first-round draft pick. A prospect that looks like a great fit for the Packers is West Virginia's Bruce Irvin.

    While his game is rather raw, the one thing he can do fantastically right now is rush the quarterback. Green Bay needs to get a player opposite Clay Matthews who can make an impact, and a player like Irvin would be able to do that from day one.

Sign Jermichael Finley to a Long Contract

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    The more and more I've thought about Jermichael Finley's role with the Green Bay Packers, the more and more I've realized that Finley needs to be a part of the future for Green Bay.

    While the Packers are loaded with receiving weapons on offense, Finley is an extremely unique talent that could still develop into a better player. 

    With the league becoming more offensively driven, the Packers need all the weapons they can use. Teaming Finley with Aaron Rodgers is a move that Green Bay must make.

Sign Mario Williams in Free Agency

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    We've already touched on the fact that the Green Bay Packers need to add pass-rushers, and Mario Williams would definitely fill the need.

    While he changed from defensive end to outside linebacker this past year, I believe the Packers could use Williams as a defensive end and still have him be effective.

    Neither Mike Neal or C.J. Wilson have been very effective at getting after the quarterback, so Green Bay needs to look to replace them.

    Williams would be a huge addition to the team.

Pass on Donald Driver

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    As much as I love Donald Driver, it's time for the Green Bay Packers to part ways with one of their franchises best wide receivers.

    Driver was rather ineffective during the 2011 season and with Randall Cobb poised to be an impact player, the Packers need to pass on re-signing Driver. I don't doubt that he could still produce, but it needs to be for a different team in 2012.

Get Multiple Offensive Lineman Through Draft and Free Agency

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    Few teams in the league saw as much injury to their offensive line as the Green Bay Packers did during the 2011 season. Chad Clifton, Bryan Bulaga, Derek Sherrod and Josh Sitton all suffered from injuries and missed time.

    That is exactly why Green Bay needs to stock their offensive line with young players through the draft and free agency. I'm not too concerned with getting players that have elite talent, I'm more concerned with getting bodies in case the Packers deal with injuries again in 2012.

    Aaron Rodgers is the league's best quarterback and he needs to stay upright. Loading up the offensive line with plenty of players is a key move in the offseason.