Steve from Wauseon, OH
I enjoy reading the II, but is it okay if I skip over the salary cap questions? My wife handles our checkbook, not that I can't, but like the Packers, I trust it is in good hands. I'm just going to cheer for whomever they put out there and hope for the best.
I don't blame you. One of the best things about moving to packers.com five years ago is I no longer had to be on top of every dollar and cent, like I was at the newspaper.
Jeremiah from Columbia Falls, MT
Glad they elevated Maurice Drayton to special teams Coordinator. Maybe 2021 will be the year the special teams become special, especially in the area of kickoff and punt returns. Who have been some of your favorite returners over the years? Travis Williams always made me smile.
Desmond Howard will always top the list because that was smackdab in my formative years. But the Packers' success on returns goes beyond Howard. Over the past 25 years, the Packers have featured some of the league's top returners: Allen Rossum, Randall Cobb, Micah Hyde and Jeff Janis. Jeremy Ross was very talented, as well. He just put the ball ground too often. I liked how Drayton talked about Nolan Cromwell and Mike Stock during his introductory presser, paying homage to the some of the best years for special teams in Green Bay. That's the direction they want the arrow pointed.
Mark from Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
I can't believe it, I actually got a question answered! I woke my girlfriend up early this morning just to show her. She was not as excited as me. You mentioned waiting for Kenny Golladay to sign and maybe the flood gates open on WRs. Do you feel the same for Cornerback? Malcolm Butler, Casey Hayward, Xavier Rhodes, Richard Sherman even Bashaud Breeland - proven veterans. Are teams waiting on CB or they might be asking too much? Cheers, you made my day!
If you noticed the contract Golladay pulled down over the weekend, you can see what I was talking about. Cornerback contracts have been all over the map through the first week of free agency. The guys you mentioned are all on the wrong side of 30, which complicates those negotiations a little more than say a 26-year-old hitting the market for the first time.
Mike from Seguin, TX
Is Detroit getting the handprint of John Dorsey all over it?
Mayhap. Brad Holmes is a sharp football mind in his own right, but it was smart to bring in a former GM like Dorsey as a consigliere. Regardless of how things ended, Dorsey helped engineer turnarounds in Kansas City and Cleveland.
Dale from Lima, NY
Given the current (well, whatever's current when you read this) situation with free agency and cap limitations -- and assuming the Packers' first pick remains where it is right now -- which position would you target for Green Bay's first-round pick? O-line? D-line? DB? Something else? Or would it depend entirely on who's still available 28 picks in?
This is a popular question every year around this time, but 2018 and 2019 were the only times the Packers were picking at a spot where I felt I could accurately project who might be available. Both years, cornerback and outside rusher made sense. Sitting back at 29, everything depends on who's left on the board if the Packers stand pat. But both sides of the line and defensive back all make sense based on players the Packers have lost so far to free agency.
Craig from Brookfield, WI
Fans tend to forget draft picks who don't start or make a significant impact in Year 1 or 2. Which developing 2019 or 2020 Packers picks have the best chance to make an impact this year? And, do you have the NCAA tourney on while answering my question...or do I have your full attention?
No NCAA Tourney while writing Inbox for me. You all have my full, undivided attention. I think Kingsley Keke is on the verge of becoming a game-wrecker for this defense if he can stay healthy. Vernon Scott did some nice things last year, as well, for the defense. With Raven Greene and Will Redmond both free agents, Scott could jump in as a dime safety. He has the frame to play close to the line of scrimmage.
Joe from Bloomington, IN
Couple questions. If Kyle Fuller is cut and then signed by another team, does he count against compensatory picks next year? In addition to the veteran benefit you mentioned, are there any other ways to get a discount?
Since the Bears terminated Fuller's contract, he doesn't count towards the compensatory equation. I'm sure that was attractive for the Broncos before they signed Fuller.
Bill from Forest Park, OH
Wes said, "Tim Boyle has earned the right to show what he can do…beyond kneel downs and coin tosses." Very true, however, wasn't photobombing the gameday team captains photo also one of his core responsibilities with the Packers? This is a crucial pregame ritual, after all! Also, Greg wasn't the only reader to catch Friday's "Hellraiser" reference. Some of us just sit quietly in the gallery and enjoy the show. (Well, most of the time.)
Shame on me. How could I have forgotten about the photobombs?
Dan from Eau Claire, WI
The Packers are a team that luckily has had two great QBs for a long time. That situation has afforded the Pack to draft, sign, develop backup QBs and then trade them for something down the road. I'm wondering what the Packers have gotten for each backup QB in the Favre/Rodgers era. Did the Packers trade them (and for what) or did they release them? Thanks, guys. Great work!
The Packers traded Matt Hasselbeck to Seattle for a third-round pick, and the teams also swapped first-rounders. In 2000, Aaron Brooks and tight end Lamont Hall were dealt to New Orleans for K.D. Williams and a third-round pick (later traded to San Francisco), and finally Brett Hundley was shipped to Seattle for a sixth-round pick.
Kyle from Appleton, WI
Good morning. With the franchise tag perceived as negative by players, why is the fifth-year option OK for first-round picks? Would the pay be similar with the two extension options? Thanks.
Because it's pretty good money for a fifth-year player and agents can use that as a starting point for long-term negations. It certainly did in Kenny Clark's case. I want to say most fifth-year options were more than $10 million for players who have appeared in at least one Pro Bowl.
Take a look at photos of Green Bay Packers S Vernon Scott from his rookie season.
Chas from Phoenix, AZ
Morning Wes, ready for Round 2? I'm really saddened to see Corey Linsey go. He was a great center who seemed to carry many responsibilities on his back with little effort. I wish him the best.
You gotta give credit to Ted Thompson for the job he did finding a center for Aaron Rodgers after the Jeff Saturday experiment went up in smoke. Thompson drafts JC Tretter in 2013 and then comes right back and takes Corey Linsley the next year. If memory serves, Pro Football Focus had those two as its top-rated centers in the game last year. I'm going to miss Corey but I couldn't be happier for him and his family.
Joseph from Ellsworth, WI
Brian Gutekunst's first-round picks netted an elite CB in Jaire Alexander, Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage that both flashed stardom at times in their sophomore campaigns, and Jordan Love, who was projected to go sixth overall by Todd McShay and considered the best deep ball passer of that draft class. Add in the first round quality of Elgton Jenkins and AJ Dillon who was considered the best RB in his class by some experts, and I am sold on Gute, especially when he can land a play-calling starter in Krys Barnes after last year's draft.
No GM is going to bat 1.000 on their picks but Gutekunst already has hit some home runs. Alexander is just 24 and has all the makings of a perennial All-Pro. Jenkins isn't far off that pace, either. Gary and Savage took the steps in Year 2, and there's a slew of second- and third-day picks contributing. That's what you want to see.
Julian from Gastonia, NC
Concerning the resentment that many fans appear to have about Kevin King, do you think that he might actually prefer to play for another team next year?
I appreciate the question, Julian, but I can't speak for King. He's a very talented player. I thought he was really coming into his own after those five picks in 2019 before a series of setbacks this past year. Like I said over the weekend, we'll see how free agency plays out.
Rusty from Eustace, TX
As a long-time fan from a long way off (Texan my whole life), I'm thankful for the advances in technology that allows for this website and the enjoyment it provides to be available instantly. It sure beats waiting on the weekly paper from the fan club of old. The negative I see with all the instant information available is fans tend to work themselves into a tizzy on possible trades, free agency acquisitions, the draft, etc. Why can't they just enjoy the journey?
You raise a good point about how this website and the multitude of blogs around the Packers beat (I see you Cheesehead TV) have taken the baton from the traditional fan newsletter. The problem is folks generally are much more reactionary today than 30 years ago. It's fun to talk about trades, free agents and the draft. Trust me, we had a lot more offseason engagement in 2019 than these last two Marches, but fans can't let headlines blind them from seeing the big picture.
Michael from Berrien Springs, MI
I smile sometimes at II submitters who seem to forget that what happens to the Pack happens to every team. Like the person who "chortled" over the Pack pushing the Bears to shell out more money for Kyle Fuller without acknowledging the same could happen to us re: Robert Tonyan. Or the angst and condemnation over "How could you let Player X go?" which every team must do at some point. Speaking of which, part of me wishes the Pack had the dollars to sign Akiem Hicks. Think what he and Clark could do together!
Everyone wants their team to sign these name players but the Packers must think about Tonyan, Davante Adams, Jaire Alexander and these other budding stars whose contracts are coming up.
Packers LB Oren Burks celebrates his birthday Mar. 21. Take a look at photos of him from the 2020 season.
Mike from Berrien Springs, MI
Why are you so condescending, disrespectful, and a borderline smart (butt) when people write questions to your column? Your answer to Douglas from Bloomington and some of your other smart remarks don't go unnoticed. Sometimes I think you owe people apologies for the way you talk to them and talk down to them.
Boy, we really went from 0 to 80 in the six hours between your two Saturday submissions, Michael. Or should I call you Mike? Is Mike your angry submitter name?
Scott from York, NE
If a player were willing to do a contract in crypto currency, would that have to be capped?
That's not a thing (yet). But any monetary compensation counts towards the cap whether it's the U.S. dollar, the Euro or Dogecoin. Those are the rules.
Daniel from Waukesha, WI
Who had a better overall Packers career Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb?
Jordy had one of the best careers for a receiver in franchise history, so it's gotta be No. 87, no?
Mark from West Bend, WI
Morning Wes. Hope you had a great weekend. I believe the way the Thursday night games will be broadcast will also include that the teams playing that night will have the game available for their local TV stations, as well.
That is correct. That part remains the same for those in the Packers broadcast network. My apologies for omitting that in my reply.
Bryan Sioux City, IA
Thanks to you guys for your thoughts but when I read that a person will need Amazon Prime to watch football I couldn't believe it. If that's the way it's going to be then football is over for me! I will still bleed green and gold but won't be watching.
Just out of curiosity, how many folks watch Thursday Night Football, let's say, more than four times a season (minus Packers games)? I don't watch very often with how hectic the in-season schedule can be. My heart goes out to those affected, but this is kind of the direction broadcast entities are moving.
Ryan from Appleton, WI
When will the potential 17-game regular season schedule be decided on?
I'd bet my lunch on Spoff's desk that we hear some movement on that after next week's virtual owners meetings.
Take a look at photos of Green Bay Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown from the 2020 season.
Bill from Iowa City, IA
Has there been any official word about keeping any of the roster/practice squad rules used this past season? I think they definitely helped maintain a good product on the field. I'd support keeping them. What do you expect to see with these?
Same deal. Most of these questions will be answered at either the winter or spring meetings. I hope they keep the practice squad as is, though. I liked the changes.
George from Port Saint Lucie, FL
Good Morning Wes. I hope you had a great weekend. It is very early Sunday morning and I just put a turkey on the smoker. I was catching up on Inbox and NFL news, and I noticed the Vikings lost a draft pick for a cap violation and the Saints lost a draft pick for COVID-19 protocol violations. Does that mean the draft is just short those two picks? I can't imagine them being awarded to other teams. Thanks to you and Mike for keeping up informed and entertained.
Correct. There will be two fewer picks in this year's NFL Draft. In the Vikings' case, a mistake was made with the contract of a practice-squad player in 2019.
Jeff from Brooklyn, WI
Titans first-round pick OT Isaiah Wilson gets traded to Miami and now is being cut. His NFL career lasted about a year between two teams. I guess once some of these athlete's get that money the party starts and the work is done! Do you think his career is over or does another team take a chance on him again?
From everything I've read, I just want Wilson to find the help he needs. I'm not thinking about football.
Tony from Bronxville, NY
Wes/Mike, thanks for Packers Daily. Isn't that an oxymoron, though, since it has been two weeks between them?
I'll talk to our people about changing the series to "Packers (Random) Daily" during the offseason.
Megan from Quincy, IL
The first round of March Madness has been incredible. I can't wait to see what the rest of the tournament will bring.
My bracket didn't survive the weekend. I still have Gonzaga, though…so I have that going for me.