On paper, it’s fun to play NFL general manager. The growing popularity of fantasy football and the thousands who wait in line for the latest edition of Madden every August can speak to that.
In real life, however, there’s a lot more that goes into making a move for a veteran running back like Steven Jackson than simply clicking a submit button in ‘Franchise mode.’
As Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty writes in his weekly analysis, if Packers observers have learned anything over the last eight years, it’s that general manager Ted Thompson parts with mid- to high-round draft picks about as readily as he would a limb.
The same goes for making a move for a Pro Bowl running back like Jackson.
Is there any reason to think this year will be different than 2010, when Thompson lost to Seattle the trade-deadline bidding for Marshawn Lynch when the GM drew the line at a fourth-round pick for a 24-year-old running back? Especially when Jackson is a free agent in the offseason, which could make it in essence a half-season rental at the cost of about $3.7 million, which is Jackson’s remaining salary for this season.
“If (Thompson) wasn’t willing to do a three for (Lynch), I don’t see him willing to do a three for a guy he feels is an aged veteran,” said an NFL scout who has observed Thompson from afar. “But there’s a gamble there. They have to do something about their running backs; if they don’t they make themselves a one-dimensional team.”
You could read Dougherty’s full analysis here: http://tinyurl.com/93b3658
*In his scouting report for Sunday’s game against Arizona, Dougherty goes on to breakdown the stark contrasts between the Cardinals’ blossoming defense and their anemic offensive structure, which includes an offensive line allowing sacks at an historic rate this season: http://tinyurl.com/92fuflh
*While the offenses couldn’t be any more different, the Packers and Arizona Cardinals’ defenses enter Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field tied for the NFL lead in sacks with 26: http://tinyurl.com/8m7u5bq