Should Will Blackmon Stay with the Green Bay Packers, or Should He Go Now?
Originally written by Nick Boulanger
It looks like cornerback/return man Will Blackmon will receive the offer of the low tender in free agency.
This means that the Packers have the right to turn down Blackmon if he wishes to sign with another team, and the Packers would then be compensated with a fourth-round pick.
The Packers' low tender towards Blackmon consists of $1.76 million.
However, with Blackmon’s long list of injuries, any Packer fan could question whether Blackmon should stay or go. Overall, I think there are more reasons to keep him around.
Reasons Blackmon should go
1. The fourth-year veteran is made out of glass. In all but one of his seasons he has been injured for seven games or more.
2. As I said before, the Pack gets a fourth rounder if he signs with another team. That fourth rounder could be more valuable than the injury-prone returner.
Reasons Blackmon should stay
1. When Will Blackmon has played as a returner, he has been quite successful. He currently has the franchise record, tied with Desmond Howard , for most punt return TDs (three). While the '08 season was the only one where he wasn’t injured for the majority of games, he had an impressive total of 1,157 yards on kick returns and 398 yards on punt returns.
2. With the uncertain future of Al Harris, and with Pat Lee’s unproven ability, having Blackmon fill in at corner couldn’t hurt.
3. If he did sign with another team and became successful, fans would go after Ted Thompson for not resigning him. One similar player is Allen Rossum, who was not re-signed and is still a successful return man to this day.
Although the Pack has given Blackmon many chances, I think one more go-around with him is necessary. If he gets injured again this year, it’ll be time for him to go.
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