2010 NFL Free Agency: Is Marc Bulger a Potential Packer Prospect?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2010

ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 15: Marc Bulger #10 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome on November 15, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Saints beat the Rams 28-23.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Prior to the 2010 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers were subject to quite a bit of speculation.  Some fans put forward the plain and clearly obvious statement that Green Bay needed to draft an offensive lineman, while others chose to follow the more questionable route of suggesting that Ted Thompson would be wise to draft a cornerback.

Now that the Draft is well and truly behind us, we now know just who Green Bay's newest and brightest faces are, and it's safe to say that the majority of Packer fans are about as happy as a pig in mud when it comes to looking toward 2010.

However, before we look toward the Green Bay's possible Super Bowl winning future, an interesting topic that was brought up a while ago still occupies my mind.  Weeks before the NFL Draft, a few analysts and fans put forward the idea that Green Bay could do with a veteran quarterback presence to back up Aaron Rodgers.

Why?  I hear you ask, well there are a few solid reasons why Green Bay could use a veteran quarterback, and the first is the simple factor that the Packers simply don't have as much quarterback depth as other teams around the league have the privilege of.

So who should Green Bay possibly consider if they are to seriously take this need under consideration?  Well there are several quarterbacks homeless in the NFL, but one that arguably still has talent is Marc Bulger who is fairly new to the free agency game.

During Marc Bulger's ten year career it's fair to say that he saw his share of ups and downs.  A former Pro Bowl quarterback turned disappointment, Marc Bulger was the Rams solid front man for the span of three to four years.

Unfortunately, Marc didn't go the way of his predecessor Kurt Warner, and instead now finds himself in a long waiting list of quarterbacks that are eager to sign with a team.

But the Green Bay Packers, the team that has moved on from veteran quarterbacks such as  Brett Favre, and now finds themselves edging into the driver seat led by none other than Aaron Rodgers himself?

I know it seems crazy and downright stupid, but when you think of the possibilities that Marc brings to the Packers, I think you'll find that this signing could benefit Green Bay immensely.

Marc Bulger is the type of quarterback that has bursts of brilliance at any given time.  Despite his past, Marc Bulger does have some skill left in the tank, and it wouldn't be wise to underestimate his overall ability.

Long balls aren't Marc Bulger's forte, but with a guy like Aaron Rodgers on the team it isn't like this is a major concern.  The positive points that Marc could bring to Green Bay are more mentally based, as he has the ability to just settle an offense down when things tend to get a little out of hand, and can also bring some experience and guidance for Aaron and the somewhat young Packers offense.

The other worthy point worth making here is that Marc Bulger would be happy to play on the bench.  At this point in his career, he doesn't seem too worried about starting and I am sure he would be happy to be with a stable team such as Green Bay that would allow him to see the remainder of his career out.

Is this a probable move for the Packers?  Most likely not, as we all know just how infuriating Ted Thompson can be during the free agency period of the offseason.

However, before you pull that last strand of hair out of your scalp just keep an eye on Marc Bulger.  Chances are Ted Thompson will look at the cornerback position before the quarterback, but if Marc is still sitting on the sidelines in a months time, don't be surprised to see Green Bay's  name come up on the list of possibilities.

So how about it Packer fans, would you welcome this two time Pro Bowler?  His skill is questionable, but he should come cheap.  Touchdowns aren't a guarantee, but he could add that last bit of stability to a potential Super Bowl winning team.

Marc is in need of a home, and Green Bay are questionably in need of an older quarterback.  It's not exactly a match made in heaven, but Marc could fit the style of Packer football quite well.