May 13, 2022
Packers Predicted to Add Former Pro Bowl Wideout Before 2022 Season
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Getty Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers participates in warmups prior to a game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Browns 24-22. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Former Cleveland Browns pass catcher Jarvis Landry came off the free agent board Friday, May 13, when he inked a one-year deal to join the New Orleans Saints. Landry was among several free agent wideouts the Packers were thought to be considering as potential additions to a position group devoid of any true top-end talent.
Also among those wide receivers named by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport as candidates to join Green Bay are Julio Jones, most recently of the Tennessee Titans, and Odell Beckham Jr., who just won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Los Angeles Rams.
Rapoport laid out the specifics of the situation in Green Bay during a hit on the Pat McAfee Show Tuesday, May 10.
I think the Packers are gonna be involved in this market, and this is actually a great market for them. … Let’s say you’re Julio Jones and you’re not gonna get $15 million, you’re probably not gonna get $10 million, the Packers would be one of those teams you wanna join.
Maybe you make $3 million with some incentives, but you know you’ve got a chance to make a Super Bowl — that actually is attractive. We’ve got Odell [Beckham Jr.], who obviously had interest in the Packers last [season]. You have [Jones], who I imagine will get some interest. … All those guys would make sense for Green Bay, who I would say might add another wide receiver at some point.
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GettyIndianapolis Colts free agent wide receiver TY Hilton could be a potential target for the Green Bay Packers during the 2022 offseason.
Another possible free agent target for the Packers could be former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. The 32-year-old struggled through injuries much of last season, which led to less than pedestrian statistics including just 23 catches for 332 yards and three touchdowns, per Pro Football Reference.
But like Jones and Beckham, the four-time Pro Bowler would be most apt to rediscover his elite form by joining arguably the NFL’s best quarterback in reigning two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report laid out an argument for the Packers pursuing Hilton in free agency, including Jones in that mix, as well.
Jones and Hilton are both getting up there in age and have dealt with injuries in recent years, but either could be a nice value signing for a receiver-needy team.
Although they selected two wide receivers in the draft, the Green Bay Packers also stand out as a team in need of a wideout after trading Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders.
The receiver room is crowded in Green Bay, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers is short on proven options, which could make Jones or Hilton a nice addition.Beckham Likely Packers’ Only Option With Chance at Reclaiming Top Role
Getty WR Odell Beckham Jr., formerly of the Los Angeles Rams, runs with the ball in the second quarter during Super Bowl LVI against the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
While Jones or Hilton might prove a solid veteran presence to add to the current mix of pass catchers in Green Bay that includes Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins and incoming rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, it’s unlikely either is capable of returning to their previous form as No. 1 wide receivers. But such may not be the case with Beckham.
Bill Barnwell of ESPN predicted that Beckham, who is recovering from a torn ACL he sustained during the second quarter of the Rams’ Super Bowl win in February, will wind up in Green Bay. While Beckham is unlikely to suit up until mid-season, Barnwell explained that the Packers are in a unique situation to play out the Beckham string, adding that the incentive for the wide receiver to rehab in Green Bay is also significant.
If any organization can afford to be patient, it’s the Packers, given that Green Bay is the prohibitive favorite to win its fourth straight NFC North title. Nobody can afford to sleepwalk through the regular season, but the Packers have a clearer path to the postseason than most, and it’s easier for them to justify adding Beckham now, even while knowing that they may not get much out of him until Halloween.
Beckham was reportedly considering the Packers before joining the Rams last year, and while things worked out very well in Los Angeles, the circumstances have changed. The Rams have replaced Robert Woods with a big-ticket investment in Allen Robinson II.
The Packers, meanwhile, suddenly lack a No. 1 wideout after dealing Davante Adams to the Raiders. Green Bay did draft Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs in the second and fourth round, respectively, but Beckham would get a chance to be a true WR1 with a great quarterback if he joined the Packers this time around. That opportunity just doesn’t exist anywhere else, and Beckham’s best chance of earning a significant contract in 2023 is to excel with the Packers in 2022.
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Jets Predicted to Cut Veteran Weeks After Giving Guaranteed Money
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Every offseason NFL teams throw a surprise into the mix that we didn’t see coming.
The New York Jets did it last year when they surprisingly released veteran cornerback Bless Austin ahead of the 2021 season. Now it seems like they could pull a page out of their old playbook in 2022.
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Maurice Moton recently wrote a column for Bleacher Report where he predicted the most surprising veteran cuts that could happen this offseason.
One Jets veteran ended up making the list and that was defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.
“Rankins may become a cap casualty because of the influx of talent along the Jets’ defensive line. The Jets can employ John Franklin-Myers and Vinny Curry as interior pass-rushers in sub-packages to create opportunities for a deep group of edge-rushers, which would put a squeeze on Rankins’ snaps at defensive tackle.”
Moton made some very compelling points in his argument, however, it would be surprising in several respects. Perhaps the biggest reason is the dollars and cents.
While the Jets could save around $3 million and change by releasing Rankins right now, it would be strange to do that after fully guaranteeing a large chunk of his contract back on March 20.
#Jets bookkeeping: A portion of Sheldon Rankins’ 2022 base ($1.25M of $4.5M) became fully gtd of the 5th day of the league year. Previously, it was gtd for injury only.
He’s not going anywhere. Solid player, team is thin at DT.
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If the Jets were going to move on from Rankins, they would’ve done it prior to a portion of his contract becoming fully guaranteed.Some Interesting Breadcrumbs Are There Play
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If you squint, you can see where Moton found the breadcrumb trail to make this prediction.
The Jets have openly flirted with signing multiple defensive tackles this offseason.
Connor Hughes shared in an article for The Athletic that the team was interested in both BJ Hill and DJ Jones during free agency, but they simply chose other teams with better pedigrees.
Additionally, the Jets recently hosted Larry Ogunjobi on a multi-day visit to the team facilities and have a ton of interest in bringing him into the fold.
What could that mean for Rankins?
It could be a replacement plan or simply it could be general manager Joe Douglas doing Joe Douglas things.
For example, last offseason Gang Green was satisfied with their offensive tackle situation and then Morgan Moses fell from the skies in the middle of the offseason.
JD called it an opportunity he couldn’t pass up and was motivated to just add really good football players to the team.
That very well could be the same mindset at defensive tackle. Just because they add a body to the room at some point this offseason doesn’t necessarily indicate that Rankins is a goner.
One area they definitely want to improve in is their run defense. Last year Rankins finished with a 34.4 PFF run grade which was among the worst in the league.
If Gang Green adds a body ahead of training camp it’ll be to try and help fortify their depth at defensive tackle.
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