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Packers should explore trading for disgruntled Seahawks safety Earl Thomas

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25/10/2018 07:02
The team formerly led by the Legion of Boom sits at 0-2 Youth Mike Daniels Jersey , with losses to teams quarterbacked by Case Keenum and Mitch Trubisky to open the season. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been running for his life. His best receiver is hurt. His best teammate is hurt. And his best offensive lineman is one of the mannequins at the Nike store. With that in mind, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst ought to reach out to his former colleague John Schneider about facilitating their rebuild in exchange for safety Earl Thomas. Just over 10% of teams starting 0-2 make the playoffs and thereís little reason to expect Seattle to buck that trend (though they did in 2015 with a much different team). The best team in the division is clearly not coached by Pete Carroll and after losing so many defensive stars, itís looking like the Seahawks need the chance to reload, if not rebuild. Earl Thomas clearly wanted a new contract before the season, with trade rumors surrounding the six-time Pro Bowl safety during a contentious holdout. Schneider reportedly wanted more than the Dallas Cowboys were willing to offer and a deal couldnít be reached, but he hasnít reached a contract agreement with his former first-round pick either. Thomas, who turns 30 this offseason, will likely be looking for a top-of-the-market safety deal should he become a free agent this spring. A leg injury in 2016 is just about the only thing that has kept him from being an every down terror in the back of the Seahawks defense over the last seven seasons. When heís healthy, heís the best eraser in the league. Mike Pettine knows that, having watched him as a consultant in Seattle last season. It likely would take less time to acculturate Thomas into this defense given that familiarity. Former Seahawks defensive backs coach Kris Richards now coaches in Dallas, one of the reasons the Cowboys were such a heavy favorite to land Thomas before the season started. Itís understandable Seattle wouldnít want to deal him before the year, even if the team doesnít plan to re-sign him. With Russell Wilson, good health, and some luck Youth Kenny Clark Jersey , the Seahawks could have been a playoff team. Theyíre already short the last two, and after two weeks they sit in a historically untenable position. They should find a trade partner and play the long game with roster building. And Gutekunst should offer to help. If we assume the Packers would be given the chance to negotiate a new contract with Thomas as a contingency of the trade, Green Bay should be willing to go up to a first-round pick to get Thomas. This isnít the Khalil Mack situation, where they would have to give up both firsts and shell out a quarterback-sized contract.A first, and a front-loaded deal in the low teens for four years (including 2018) wouldnít be nearly as big a burden on the Packersí future flexibility, but would give them a field-tilting defender in the back end. For an All-Pro, Seattle gets a premium pick plus financial relief of its own.On Twitter, I suggested Jason Spriggs and a third if the Seahawks really wanted to get better this season as well. Spriggs is hardly a proven asset, but he might already be better than the guys theyíre trotting out there on an offensive line that is leaky, to say the least. The Packers brought in Byron Bell to be a backup swing offensive lineman, keeping some level of depth intact. After two straight disappointing weeks following an underwhelming season from Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Packers can no longer be content to play the young guns, as Gutekunst suggested before the season. Clinton-Dix busted his coverage on the touchdown to Laquon Treadwell last week, playing too deep and reacting to the outside on a play where he has inside responsibilities. Heís an inconsistent tackler and frankly just not an impact player. Kentrell Brice , after a solid Week 1, played too passively in Week 2, failing to get to plays on the boundary and recognizing routes too slowly. He let up on the touchdown to Adam Thielen that tied the game and failed to see Stefon Diggs running free past Davon House on a play where he has to give help. Those are plays Earl Thomas makes. The return of Josh Jones wonít cure those ills. Heís the kind of player the team wants in the box coming downhill. Coincidentally, heís precisely the kind of safety to pair with a player like Thomas. And while the cheaper option would be to sign a reliable safety like Eric Reid, it seems as though (to borrow a phrase from Austin Powers) that train has sailed. So long as Reid remains unsigned, the Packers arenít truly doing everything in their power to put together the best 53-man roster because based on what weíve seen, Reid would be the best safety on this team right now. Itís no secret why heís not an option and regardless of how you feel about that, itís the unfortunate reality of the situation.Green Bay canít continue to delude itself when it comes to these safeties. They arenít good enough. Especially when these young cornerbacks look like the real deal, itís not fair to their development or to this team to pair them with sub-par safeties when better ones are out there to be had.Gutekunst said he wants to be in on every player available. He showed that was true this offseason and nearly reeled in the biggest fish since Reggie White. Itís time to put the line back in the water and snag a prize-winning Seahawk.Go get Earl Thomas.Cheese Curds, 8/22: Packers WR JíMon Moore is Waiting for His Moment Heading into training camp, wide receiver seemed like one of the only true position battles likely to play out this season. Itís surely shaped up that way.The Packersí three rookie receivers have jockeyed for position with the well-traveled Jake Kumerow, and anybody who seriously claims they know who will emerge victorious probably has a bridge theyíd like to sell you as well.Thatís not to say there arenít favorites. Kumerow has earned every bit of the praise heís received from Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy, and fans alike Youth Kevin King Jersey , while fourth-round pick JíMon Moore has struggled.For his part, Moore has owned those struggles and is just waiting for his own big moment. With two preseason games to go, including one against a suspect Oakland secondary, his time is now.Rookie receiver JíMon Moore, Packers waiting for Ďthat one big playí | Packers NewsMoore has had a few shots at big plays in practice and in games but hasnít delivered. Itís time to come through and he knows it.Jake Kumerow deserves to make 53-man roster | Lombardi AveRepeating an increasingly common refrain, Lombardi Aveís Freddie Boston argues Jake Kumerow has already done enough to lock up a spot on the 53-man roster.Raiders turning down trade offers for Khalil Mack | Sports IllustratedThe Packers are still the alleged frontrunner for All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack, if itís possible for there to be such a thing for a trade that isnít likely to happen. Albert Breer reports the Raiders are turning down offers for Mack, which could still be prohibitively expensive even if Oakland was interested in doing a deal.Fledgling Packers needed unlikely lifeline to survive, soar | Packers NewsIf you think local media is too friendly with the Packers now, imagine living in an era when the local newspaper was largely responsible for the teamís survival. Pete Dougherty lays out the story of how the Green Bay Press Gazette all but saved the franchise.Finally, Daniel Duffy has a lot of time on his hands. He used the name of every Packers player in history to create this image of Lambeau Field.Check out how he did it in this nifty time lapse.
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