Packer Report: Jarrett Bush Looks Poised To Leave

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IMarch 10, 2009

It may be sad news for some, but everyone's favorite Green Bay Packer—Jarrett Bush—looks like he's played his last game for the green and gold.

Bush, 25, is drawing interest from both the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens. He finished his visit with the Titans on Monday, and is scheduled to travel to Baltimore Wednesday to gauge the Ravens' interest in the fourth-year cornerback.

Bush is a restricted free agent, but Green Bay only gave him the $1.01 million tender, meaning the Packers can match any offer he receives. But if they choose not to match it, Green Bay will not receive any compensation.

Many remember Bush for his monumental gaffe in the 2007 NFC Championship game, and rightfully so. He had a chance to fall on a fumble during a punt return that would have all but sealed the game for the Packers. Instead, Bush tried to pick it up and run, and the Giants recovered after his attempt was unsuccessful.

And don't forget his special teams play last season—Bush led the Packers with six special teams penalties. He rarely played on defense, so his value (if there is such thing) on special teams may need to be replaced.

Barring some unforeseen circumstance (like Ted Thompson mistakenly deciding to match any offer he receives,) Packers' fans will need to find a new whipping boy for next season.


Kuhn Continues His Visits, Montomgery's Cancelled

Packers fullback and restricted free agent Jon Kuhn is scheduled to meet with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday. Kuhn finished up his visit with the Arizona Cardinals over the weekend, but no offer was announced.

Green Bay has Korey Hall ahead of Kuhn on the depth chart, so Kuhn may leave. He was offered the same tender as Bush, $1.01 million with an opportunity to match, so Green Bay would receive no compensation for him leaving.

Another of the Packers' free agents, Michael Montgomery, had his visit with the Atlanta Falcons cancelled over the weekend.

It appears any interest for the defensive end has cooled considerably, and Green Bay has already made it public that they will not be resigning him (he does not fit their new 3-4 system.)


Packers Miss Out On Olshansky

While I was one of the biggest supporters of signing Chargers' free agent defensive end Igor Olshansky, Packers general manager Ted Thompson apparently was not.

Olshansky signed a four-year, $18 million (eight million guaranteed) contract with the Dallas Cowboys last Friday. The Cowboys filled a large hole in their 3-4 defensive line with the signing, and left the Packers still searching for their respective answer at that spot.

A lot came out about Olshansky's behavior at the end of last season, and that might have turned off Thompson from making a serious run at him.

It was said that Olshansky completely shut it down at the end of last season—leading to his benching for the last four games—and had a bad attitude towards teammates.

Green Bay has been strict about bringing in "character guys," so it's entirely possible that Thompson wanted no part of signing a potential locker room hazard.

Too bad, because Olshansky the player would have really helped the Packers next season.


Could Packers Bring In Kevin Carter?

While Olshansky may be signed, sealed, and delivered to the 'Boys, that doesn't mean the Packers are giving up their search for a potential 3-4 defensive end.

Packers sources indicate that their is a mutual interest between the veteran defensive end and Green Bay. Carter has played under defensive coordinator Dom Capers in the past, so it could be a natural fit for the 36-year-old.

He won't be a full time player—he's probably too old for that much work—but he can be useful as a rotational end and leader in the locker room.

Carter accumulated four sacks in limited time last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and has been a Super Bowl winner in his career (1999 with St. Louis.)

Carter would most likely come for a cheap price, so keep your eye on this situation.


Packers Sign Safety Smith

In the first major move of the Packers' offseason, Thompson announced that Green Bay has signed former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Anthony Smith.

Smith, 25, spent four years as a part-time starter in Pittsburgh, and could challenge Atari Bigby for a safety spot opposite of Nick Collins. If anything, Smith provides depth and knowledge of the 3-4 system that will help with the Packers transition.

Smith is probably best known for his guarantee of a Steelers' victory over the New England Patriots in 2007. However, Pittsburgh was beaten 34-13 and Smith was responsible for two long touchdown passes in the game. With that said, maturity could be an issue for him.

However, one AFC North assistant coach was optimistic of his signing in Green Bay.

"He's got a lot of talent, no doubt about that," the coach said. "He's just got to get the mental side together. That's the thing that will make him a real good safety. He hasn't shown he can do that yet. But if he goes there, they have (safeties coach) Darren Perry. He knows Darren. That would help him a lot."

Cross your fingers we haven't signed another Marquand Manuel or Mark Roman.


Burnett Could Be Slipping Away

According to Kevin Burnett's agent, the Cowboys' free agent linebacker could have a deal done by as soon as Tuesday. If you're a Packers fan, that's not good news because Burnett has yet to even visit Green Bay.

Burnett, who is from California, has visited with the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans already.

I was optimistic we could make a serious run at him, but it sounds like that could be coming to an end tomorrow.


For All You Thompson Haters Out There...

Read Mike Vandermause's column from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.


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