Antonio Pierce a Green Bay Packer? Well, Just Think of the Possibilities

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 8: Antonio Pierce #58 of the New York Giants walks from the field against the San Diego Chargers at Giants Stadium on November 8, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chargers defeated the Giants 21-20.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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For some odd reason, Antonio Pierce's dismissal from the New York Giants hasn't made front-page news.  Heck, it has barely even been mentioned. 

Maybe it's because Pierce is a former super bowl champion that has slipped under the large radar of the Giants' defense.  Or maybe it's just because that no one seems to care.  Whichever one it may be, Antonio Pierce is looking for a new home.

Pierce is formerly a defensive powerhouse that helped guide Tom Coughlin's impressive Giants to a Super Bowl XLII title in 2008.  His talent went far beyond what we saw on the average Sunday of New York Giants' football at the now demolished Giants Stadium.

2009 wasn't too kind to the middle linebacker from Arizona.  He had only 40 total tackles and one sack all season.  The Giants needed Pierce to perform better than he did.

Still though, I can't help but consider the possibilities for Pierce, who in reality shouldn't have trouble finding a new home in 2010.  With many teams seeking a middle linebacker to add to the backbone of their defense, Pierce's plate is full of possibilities.

But what teams should Pierce consider?  Well, I"ll sum it up in four easy words:  The Green Bay Packers.

For those out there who are reading this and thinking "the Packers already have a fantastic defense," well, you're right. 

However, with players such as Nick Collins, Aaron Kampman, and Johnny Jolly already on their free agent list, chances are that some players might leave the Packers, even though they have become accustomed to Green Bay's newly-found 3-4 defensive scheme.

Therefore, amidst all the chaos that is going on in Green Bay with players possibly signing or walking, the addition of Antonio Pierce could benefit the Packers immensely.

The first problem that I quickly look at when thinking of the Green Bay Packers' defense is its lack of quarterback pressure.  They lost way too many games because of poor quarterback containment and lack of pressure.  Pittsburgh, Arizona and Minnesota all passed the ball well against Green Bay this past season, and that is why the Packers lost to those teams.

Bringing in someone like Antonio Pierce could really help Green Bay.  While he may not be sacking quarterbacks left and right, he would bring some added pressure off of the line and add a new-found presence to the Packers defense.

It's still all up in the air, but don't be surprised to see Ted Thompson and the Packers staff show interest in Antonio Pierce.  We may even see a big trade involving Aaron Kampman this offseason. 

Personally, I am saying "bring it on." The very idea of Antonio Pierce wearing the green and gold gets me excited.  Still though, it's a long offseason, and many things are yet to happen.


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