The fantasies of Corey Williams being traded for a 2nd round pick have become a reality! Excitingly, rumors have escalated surrounding the Packers. Several NFL rumor boards have the Packers linked to Jason Taylor. I have been reading that the Dolphins and Packers are discussing a 2nd and a 4th round draft pick for Taylor. Additionally, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen have both reported rumors of the Packers and Randy Moss talking contract. I am surprised to hear Moss and the Packers in the same sentence again.
Back to Taylor. I feel obliged to write a possible scenario that passed through my head. The Packers trade a #2 and a #4 to the Dolphins for Jason Taylor. Obviously, then KGB becomes expendable. Thus far, Corey Williams, Marcus Stroud, Kris Jenkins, and Shaun Rogers have all been traded during the short FA period. The going rate appears to be a #3 and a #5. There's no reason to believe that KGB would not fit into the same category. It could be argued that KGB is coming off of a better season than all of the players mentioned above. Stroud has been injured over the last two years. He's played 20 games over the last two years. Jenkins has not been the same since tearing his knee 3 years ago. Shaun Rogers had a strong statistical year, but he was a cancer in the Lions locker room. I also thought that Corey Williams had a disappointing year. He made plays against the Giants, Panthers, Redskins, and Chiefs that were memorable. However, in the other 12 games, he reminded me of Cletidus Hunt who now plays for the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League. Meanwhile, KGB had 9.5 sacks during the regular season and he added 1.5 sacks in 2 playoff games.
Clearly, Ted Thompson has been a magician with regard to trading in the NFL. In my mind, this scenario is definitely going through Thompson's head. If he pulls it off, essentially, the Packers would be trading Corey Williams, KGB, and a 4th rounder for Jason Taylor, a 3rd rounder, and a 5th rounder. This scenario would also ensure that the Packers would keep 4 picks in the first 3 rounds.
For the Packers, this makes sense. Cullen Jenkins would return to the role that he played in his first three years with the Packers. In those three years, Jenkins totaled 14 sacks. He'd be a rotational DL who plays both DE and DT on run downs and then he'd rush the passer on third downs from the DT position. It was evident that Jenkins had difficulty with his role as an every down player. Taylor would alleviate Jenkins of the wear and tear. Plus, our DL rotation would allow the aging Taylor to stay fresh and play less downs than he currently does in Miami.
I am also curious to see where Boss Bailey ends up. He has not had the NFL career that I envisioned, but I also wonder if playing in Detroit had something to do with it. I would enjoy seeing the Packers visit with Bailey. I would also like to see the Packers talk to Julius Jones, Alge Crumpler, and Brendon Ayanbadejo. Whether the Packers sign any of them is anther story, but I'd like to hear that these players at least visited with the greatest franchise in sports.
The Rumors are Rumbling. Let's make them a reality.
Glowing with excitement,