Needless to say, I don’t think that there is one fan, or anybody in the Green Bay Packers organization that is thinking about the off-season just yet.
The Pack just notched an impressive 45-17 win over the New York Giants, and in the process kept playoff hope alive. All they need to do now is beat those horrendously annoying Chicago Bears, and they will assure themselves a ticket to the big dance, also known as the playoffs.
I have never seen anything wrong in looking ahead to the future though, and the fact is that the Packers have a very interesting road coming up. There are not many teams in the NFL that have the upside and potential that the Packers possess.
Green Bay has a plethora of young and talented players on their roster, and a very interesting free agent and draft class to look forward to once this years play has commenced.
Let’s take a look into the Packers future, and check out some bold predictions for the Green and Gold’s off-season.
Jones has shown that he can be a solid and dependable third option for Aaron Rodgers, and I think that Rodgers has developed a good chemistry with him. He has a couple clutch touchdown grabs on the year, and seems to have a knack for finding open spots on the field.
I expect that the Packers will see the value that Jones has brought to the offense, and offer him a contract to keep him around a bit longer!
A.J Hawk has a club option for $10 million on the last year of his contract, and I think the Packers would be wise to part ways with him. He has been a solid player for the Pack, and a fan favorite, but I think his play on the field has been less than stellar.
Hawk never really lived up to the expectations that were placed on him upon entering the league, and I’m okay with letting him go and play a part somewhere else. The Packers have some good young talent at the linebacker position, and I think it’s time to start making some room on the depth chart.
My original title was, "Clay Matthews will be adopted by a pack of wolves that will teach him how to be more intimidating and awesome!" but I couldn't fit it all on the slide.
Can you imagine a more intimidating and awesome Clay Matthews though? Crazy.
The guy has a non-stop motor when it comes to the football field, and he’s got non-stop locks of love when it comes to his hair.
He should easily win the Defensive MVP this season, and he could just as easily eat the trophy.
Running with wolves for a while would make other players summer work out plans look like a walk in the park.
He could do it, no problem.
Green Bay has a chance to make an already formidable wide receiving crew even better this off-season.
There are a nice crop of wide receivers hitting the open market, and I personally think that Santana Moss should be high on the Packers wish list.
Ted Thompson is usually not a big free agency guy, but I think this would be a move that could serve the Packers well.
Moss is still only 31 years old, and I am almost positive that he will be looking to get out of Washington. He says he's happy, but i'm pretty sure that's a lie.
He would be a great addition to put opposite of Greg Jennings, and his speed and quickness would really stretch a defense.
Green Bay really had a thing for getting head coaches fired this year.
Both Wade Phillips, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, and Brad Childress, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, were fired after their teams got trounced by the Packers.
I’m sure that those two nice gentlemen could really use a vacation.
Hey, we’ll beat your team up, get you fired, and then send you on a nice cruise!
Now that’s class.
Ryan Grant has slowly digressed as a runner since his breakout year in 2007, and the season ending injury that he sustained this year has really put some doubts in my mind.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that Grant is a good running back, but he is not impressive enough for me to want to take him into the future of this team.
There will be teams that would take a shot at Grant though, and if you could work out a trade to bring in a player or two, or even a draft pick, I think that the Packers would be getting the better end of the deal.
Once again, it’s not really within Ted Thompson’s football nature to make trades, but I can see him shipping of Grant in order to acquire younger talent, or hopefully more draft picks.
It’s only fitting for Brett Favre’s predecessor on the field to take over his Wrangler gig as well!
Rodgers has shown that he fit perfectly into the Packers offense, so I think that he will have no problem fitting into a pair of Wranglers! Let’s give the “ole gunslinger” a break!
He’s had an eventful few years.
Aaron Rodgers is a Wrangler guy. Always has been, always will be.
You would think that the defense is set considering the way that they have played this year, but if you take a look at the roster you will notice that our defense is getting old, and they aren’t going to be getting any younger.
It’s time to grab a young and talented corner back in the first round, and put him under Charles Woodson.
The experience of learning from one of the best defensive players in the game would be invaluable to a young player, and giving the aging Woodson the opportunity to take a few snaps off here and there would actually help him out as well.
Assuming that the Packers will be picking in the 20s, I think that Janoris Jenkins from Florida, or Brandon Harris from Miami would be great picks if they fall to the Pack.
Clay is coming out of Wisconsin, which would automatically give him the home town appeal, and I think that the Packers need to find a big bruising back not named John Kuhn to help out the running attack.
John Clay is 6’1’’ 255, and his north-south running style would look real good in Packers Green and Gold.
No offense to Kuhn because I love the guy, but can't you hear it?
Ah yes, the piece de resistance!
Yep, I said it! Brett Favre is going to be a Packer again! Alert the press!
Favre is going to follow in the footsteps of the other greats before him, and sign with his former team in order to retire a Packer. I know that it has been a turbulent few years since he left us, but I think it would be an honorable gesture by both parties.
"Brett here’s your $1 deal, welcome back to the Green Bay Packers! Now, go home and retire you old fool!"
No press conferences this time around.