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1-22-10 Packers O.T.S.

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Well, I plan on doing the O.T.S. on a weekly basis but I felt the urge to knock another one out early. Again, these are things I hear from various sources and got the OK to blog (or post) them. There are things however that I am told and can’t comment on.

Again, this is a Packers only O.T.S. because their off-season is in full swing. In this O.T.S. I will touch on a trade rumor that has the Packers landing an All Pro corner back while giving up a former first round pick. I will also touch on some whispers I hear from the Shrine game, free agency and other Packers draft rumors!

RUMOR

n.

  1. A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
  2. Unverified information received from another; hearsay.

As I reported in the previous O.T.S. the Chargers have a couple players that they will have to make some tough decisions on, LT, Shawne Merriman and Antonio Cromartie to name a few. Well I heard at the end of training camp this year the Chargers and Packers talked about a possible deal that had the Packers sending AJ Hawk and a 1st rounder to the Chargers for Cromartie and the Chargers 2nd.

I am hearing that because Hawk is less likely to take a pay cut, the deal could happen. I am hearing the two teams again talked about a Hawk for Cromartie deal recently with the Packers sending a 2nd rounder to the Chargers and the Chargers sending a 3rd rounder to the Packers.

I am hearing unless Donald Lee takes a pay cut he will be traded or cut. The Packers don’t want to pay him $2 million to drop passes and block.

I heard a rumor that if Jahvid Best checks out ok (regarding his conclusion during the 2009 season) and has a great combine, he may be a player that Ted Thompson thinks about at the end of round 1 (if CJ Spiller is gone).  

I am also hearing that the Packers want to have the offensive tackle situation taken care of via free agency and will look to add a “level II” free agent. The two names that came (back) up were the two  Buccaneers offensive tackles, Donald Penn and Jeremy Trueblood. A few other names that came up were Alex Barron of the Rams and Jahri Evans of the Saints.

If they deal Hawk, the name I hear they would like to have as his replacement is the Raiders Kirk Morrison. They also like Thomas Howard of the Raiders and may look to him as the other outside backer opposite of Clay Matthews III. But remember this is Ted Thompson and it has to be at the right price.

Look for the Packers to give TJ Lang a shot at either tackle spot. He did very good in the action he saw and has some tools McCarthy likes in his tackles. Remember he didn’t get that much work their last training camp.

I have heard that the Packers were scouting tackle Rodger Saffold of Indiana, receiver Emmanuel Sanders of SMU, Barry Church of Toledo, corner backs Devin Ross of Arizona and UCLA’s Alterraun Verner pretty hard during the Shrine practices this week.

Thats it or the Weekend edition of the O.T.S. I hope you all have a great and safe weekend.

Joe Arrigo

joeslockerroom@yahoo.com

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Written by Joe Arrigo

January 22, 2010 at 20:01

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