By Greg Bintz, Aviator staff writer
Unless you’re Tom Brady (his motto is “LET’S GO!”), “All In” is one of the most-used sports team mottos.
Our own boys basketball team uses it, the Cleveland Cavaliers use it, and now Aaron Rodgers has presented it as to what the Packers need to do to start winning championships. After all, 107.5 FM The Fan’s Harry Sydney, a former Packers running back coach, put it the best way after the Packers’ blowout loss in the NFC Championship Game: “They are wasting Rodgers’ talent.”
Not to mention the Packers wasted Brett Favre and won just one Super Bowl in the 16 years he was here in Green Bay. Sixteen years? C’mon, man.
The reason for this (Rodgers even mentioned it on ESPN Radio’s “Wilde and Tausch” Thursday afternoon) is because of the lack of free agent signings the Packers make. Quite obviously, when the Packers sign free agents, they do better.
In the summer of 2014, Ted Thompson shocked lots of people by signing Julius Peppers. Next thing everybody knows, the veteran linebacker has multiple pix-sixes and forced fumbles, and helped lead our defense into the NFC Championship Game.
In the spring of 2016, Thompson signed Jared Cook. Next thing everybody knows, he catches a complete duck from Rodgers that set up Mason Crosby’s dagger in Dallas.
Again people, it’s proven.
Now, we’re in the beginning of a new NFL season with free agency started up and running faster than John Ross’ 4.22 40-yard dash.
The Packers should really dive into free agency. We need a middle linebacker. Well, we could go and sign Dont’a Hightower. However, per multiple sources, the Packers are “intrigued” in signing Joe Thomas (it’s also hard not to say that we just overpaid Nick Perry, who is probably petting his cast in celebration of a new contract).
It’s the same thing with the cornerback position, because we need many of those too. Logan Ryan is sitting wide open out there. Hold your horses, though. Per CBS Sports’ Brian Jones, the Packers are also “intrigued” into signing Davon House.
Why would we sign a guy that we cut two years ago and was one of our reserves riding our bench? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. About 95 percent of the time, I never understand what Ted Thompson is thinking. I mean, we’re sitting here re-signing OUR PUNTER before any of our main concerns. How ridiculous is that?
In conclusion, we just need to sign, sign, sign, and sign some more. I know the process of free agency isn’t easy, but the Packers have plenty of cap space to get it done. Look at a team like the Patriots: in 2014, they signed Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, resigned Logan Ryan, and went on to win the Super Bowl. You could even throw in the Browns. They just signed J.C. Tretter, two other offensive linemen, traded for Brock Osweiler (and now trying to trade Osweiler for Jimmy Garoppolo), and signed Kenny Britt. Sorry, but could anyone say what the Packers have done so far?
Also, if anyone reading this article wants to go back and read my “Packers’ offseason moves need to start with defense” article, much of what I mentioned is being rumored to happen. Example: drafting T.J. Watt and Christian McCaffrey.
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a team rely on a draft and win a title multiple times. It’s time to go to the bank and spend some money.