Julius Peppers a Bear, Kyle Vanden Bosch a Lion Makes OT Essential for Packers

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 13:  Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers hits Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won 20-10. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Free agency just began 15 hours ago, but already things aren't looking good for the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay was absolutely owned by Jared Allen last season. He ran right through any O-lineman Green Bay tried to block him with.

The Packers' O-line was nothing short of pathetic last season, and with two more elite pass rushers in the division, Aaron Rodgers may not survive.

If Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson doesn't go away from his philosophy and bring in an offensive lineman this offseason, his QB and team may suffer.

Although building through the draft is always a good philosophy, the Packers no longer have enough time to develop a tackle capable of blocking Jared Allen, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Julius Peppers two times each by next year—especially not with the tackles likely to fall to them at pick 26.

Jammal Brown is a possibility if Green Bay is willing to give up a first round pick for him (which Thompson is unlikely to do). The Saints would most likely not match any offer made to Brown considering they made a championship run last season without him.

Thompson probably won't give up a first round pick for Jared Gaither, but I feel getting a player like that is essential if Green Bay wants to have any chance at the playoffs or Super Bowl. Gaither would certainly help the team more this year than anybody else they could bring in with pick No. 26.

Another possibility would be re-signing Chad Clifton or trying to bring in Willie Colon.

Even though Thompson will most likely not make a move, I think he has to.

We have a great team here in Green Bay, but if we can't bring in an offensive tackle this offseason, it could set our team back a couple of years.