Packers Center of Attention: Why Green Bay Will Re-Sign Veteran Scott Wells
It seemed almost like a given at the time that Wells would stay, as he and the Packers seemed like a match made in heaven at the time.
Green Bay had no replacement looming for Wells, and with a Pro Bowl season in 2011, Wells was playing the best football of his career.
Wells had played his entire career with the Packers, and it didn't seem like Green Bay was ready to let their veteran center walk.
Recently, however, reports have come out saying that the Packers are ready to cut ties with Wells if he doesn't lower his salary expectations for 2012. Wells seems to be frustrated with Green Bay, and it seems unlikely that the two sides reach a deal at this point.
I see things a little bit differently than most people, however, and it seems like positive things lay on the horizon for this cheesehead team.
Ted Thompson has had a history of letting free agents who he thinks have overvalued themselves test the market, and often times, it ends up working out for Green Bay.
Many people believed James Jones was on the way out last year when Thompson let him explore his value, and he ended up returning to Green Bay at a reasonable price.
The same thing happened with Jarrett Bush in 2008 and Chad Clifton in 2010, which resulted in both of them returning as well.
Will Scott Wells Play with Green Bay Next Season
Wells enters a free agent pool stacked with quality centers, making it possible that Scott will see his value drop just because of the fact that there are other nice pieces at his position available.
Chris Myers of the Houston Texans, widely regarded as one of the top centers in the league, will hit the open market this offseason as well. Myers was awesome for the Texans this season, destroying defensive linemen in the run game while helping lead Houston to one of the best ground attacks in the league.
Nick Hardwick, Dan Koppen and Samson Satele are some other solid options at center that could compete for money with Wells.
At 31 years old, Scott's passing through the prime of his career, and teams will likely take that into consideration when offering a contract.
Combine that with the fact that there's a lot of depth at the position and that Wells is a bit undersized, and you could see Scott's stock taking a bit of a hit.
Despite outstanding play for Green Bay the last three years, Wells just isn't going to get top dollar cash that players like Ryan Kalil and Nick Mangold received last season.
It seems like Green Bay has a shot to hit the jackpot on this one, because if Scott doesn't receive the elite money he's expecting, the Packers could retain Wells at a discount price.
While there's definitely risk involved in this strategy, the reward could be outstanding.
If Green Bay keeps their Pro Bowler for cheap (relatively), they will have money in-pocket to re-sign other free agents like Jarrett Bush, Ryan Grant or possibly some help on defense.
Even though the situation at center for the Packers currently looks grim, expect Scott Wells and Ted Thompson to agree on a deal to make No. 63 a Packer next season and into the future.
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