Thanks for nothing, Hurricane Sandy.
Oh, I'm not mad at you for the heavy winds, the snow in West Virginia, the flooded NYC subways, the destruction of the Jersey Shore (if you got the cast of that show, I'd thank you) or the downed trees.
No, I'm mad because your existence forced the NFL to move it's trade deadline back which means we will be subjected to two extra days of speculation that the Green Bay Packers might/are/could trade for Steven Jackson or DeAngelo Williams.
So thanks for nothing Sandy (which is a lame Hurricane name, by the way).
These rumors are annoying. Why? Because the Packers don't make trades like this.
How often under Ted Thompson have the Packers gone out for a big trade? Especially for a heavily paid star who is on the wrong side of his career.
I'll answer that for you: never.
If His Royal Favre couldn't make it happen, it's not happening.
The Packers don't trade for expensive over-the-hill stars, and that's pretty much what these guys are.
Williams is 29, and while he has more tread on his tires than most running backs his age, he hasn't been that effective the last two years (in part because of too few carries, but also age looks like it has caught up with him), and the Packers would have most of a five-year, $43 million contract to take on.
The Packers have, among others, Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji, Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers coming up for contracts. They can't tie up that money on a running back, and they won't because it's not their style.
Steven Jackson has only two more years left in his contract, a six-year, $44 million deal. He'll become a free agent in 2014 so they wouldn't be tied to him for very long. Like Williams, Jackson is 29 but unlike Williams, Jackson has been hurt most of his career.
He has played 16 games only twice in his career and misses on average between one and four games every year. He is almost never 100 percent healthy and has hit the point in his career when he is splitting time with a seventh-round rookie out of Abilene Christian University.
Jackson has his moments, but they are few and far between now.
Would either guy be an upgrade over Alex Green who struggled once again this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars? Quite possibly.
However, neither gentleman fits the profile of someone Ted Thompson or Mike McCarthy would covet.
Look at the signing of Cedric Benson. Benson, while over the hill a bit, was coming off three straight 1,000 seasons, still had productivity and upside and was not terribly expensive.
He was just starting to fit into the offense when he was injured, and it would take Williams/Jackson weeks to catch up at a time when the Packers offense is finally starting to jell (last week notwithstanding), and adding a new face to it at this late date runs the risk that it could actually hamper the offense's development.
I won't deny that the Packers have issues in the run game and that they need to fix the backfield, but just adding a body at the position—especially these two bodies—just leads to a lot of good money thrown down drains after bad.
Yet despite the money, age and history of those involved, people will bring these up again and again until our brains explode.
So thanks for nothing, Sandy. I hope that winter blizzard kicks your butt.
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