Morning Buzz: Are the Packers any better?
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column, which looks at the possibility of the Packers trading for Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants' disgruntled and suddenly available wide receiver.
As Giants owner John Mara said at the NFL owners meeting Sunday, “I'm tired of answering questions about Odell's behavior and what the latest incident is. I think he knows what we expect of him, and now it's up to him.”
Even then, my initial thought Monday was that for, say, a first-round pick and a $17 million-a-year contract, I’d trade for Beckham if I’m the Packers. He’s that talented. His 4,122 yards receiving in his first three seasons — a broken ankle ended his fourth season last October — is second most in league history for a player’s first three years, behind only Randy Moss. When all’s well, Beckham tilts the field.
But then I contacted four NFL scouts for their opinions. At least three of them have a pretty high tolerance for risk, and yet all four said no on investing big money in Beckham.
“Too much drama,” one said.
A second called him “a live wire but a true baller!” in one text. Then when asked if he’d invest in Beckham if he were the Packers, he answered with a flat “no.”
“Too much risk,” a third said.
And the fourth made the argument that’s hard to refute. Do you really think that if you pay big money to a player who has been a problem, the problem will go away? The money only empowers him.
Michael and I wrote on Jordy Nelson’s public comments regarding his departure:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live late Monday afternoon:
Apparently, Vikings fans have to take victories worth commemorating where they can:
Elsewhere, Mike McCarthy met with reporters at the league meeting coaches breakfast in Orlando:
Tom Oates has a smart column on the Packers' offseason activity:
Paul Noonan isn’t a fan of the moves made by the new GM:
Should Aaron Rodgers help the Packers out in contract negotiations?
Cory Jennerjohn is not a fan of how the Packers handled Nelson's departure:
Path to the Draft looks at the Packers' first three picks:
Zach Kruse makes a bold comparison:
The guys at Pro Football Focus look at a few of the Packers offseason moves:
Randall Cobb is doing work with underprivileged children:
The Power Sweep’s got jokes: