Packers Morning Buzz: Green Bay's pair of 'overpriced' free agents
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com writing about eight players who could be overpriced in free agency. Naturally, a couple of familiar names to Packers fans make up a quarter of his list (the last two, actually).
Clay Matthews and Randall Cobb, LB and WR, Green Bay Packers
The Packers probably held on to both guys a year too long. Cobb played the game with a frightening ferocity for his size early in his career, but that juice no longer appears present despite his only being 28 years old. Matthews is a classic example of a solid NFL veteran whose name value far exceeds his game at this stage of his career.
You can see who else around the NFL made the overpriced list here:
Meanwhile, Adam Schien of NFL.com ranks the nine most likely teams to trade for Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, along with each team's odds. The Packers rate as the fourth most likely team to do a deal for the disgruntled star, with an 11 percent chance.
Green Bay needs this kind of difference-maker. Right now in the NFC North, the Bears and Vikings have more talent. Brian Gutekunst and Co. cannot be scared of risk, like Ted Thompson was (specifically with Marshawn Lynch). Can you imagine Davante Adams and Brown lining up for the most talented quarterback in league history? Now we are talking playoffs. And beyond.
Last offseason, I lobbied for the Packers to get Khalil Mack. Instead, he went to Chicago and became an instant Packer tormentor. Green Bay has a pair of first-round picks in April, thanks to last year's draft-day trade with New Orleans. While I already said Pittsburgh might be forced to sell low due to Brown's recent antics, if I'm Gutekunst, I give up that Saints pick (No. 30 overall) to get Brown. Green Bay needs to get back in the conversation -- acquiring a 100-catch scoring machine would certainly move the dial.
You can find out here which teams are more likely than Green Bay to land Brown:
Pete Dougherty cites the model of success the Seahawks used to apply pressure on the quarterback:
Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski wrapped up the combine in their Packers Podcast:
Despite a second straight losing season, the Packers raised season-ticket prices Tuesday (but less than they did a year ago):
Across the NFL, some teams are raising ticket prices and some are lowering them:
In his first post-combine, four-round mock draft, Luke Easterling of The Draft Wire has the Packers drafting a pair of combine standouts in the first round: Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat at No. 12 and Iowa tight end Noah Fant at No. 30:
The safety position, another glaring Green Bay issue, will have much to offer in free agency:
And add one more:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky looks at what the Packers must do to improve their woeful special teams:
The Power Sweep examines three free agents with Packers connections:
A preseason game north of the border? Could the Packers be the opponent in what would be a "home game" for the nomadic Raiders?
And finally .... deserved recognition for an unsung Packers great: