Green Bay Packers Reportedly Close To Signing DE Anthony Hargrove
Hargrove has taken to Twitter to show his excitement about joining the Packers in Titletown, USA.
As you can see, Hargrove even admitted the deal is not final but the fact he is saying “Green and Yellow” is a pretty good indication he will be coming to Green Bay.
The Packers have already made a splash in free agency, something general manager Ted Thompson has not done in three years, by signing veteran center Jeff Saturday as well as defensive tackle Daniel Muir. Saturday will improve an already impressive offensive line while Muir will provide an interior pass rush and be a solid run-stopper with defensive end Ryan Pickett.
Green Bay’s motive to bring in Hargrove is to add another pass rusher to the defensive line. The Packers struggled mightily last season as they were only able to muster 29.0 sacks after their 48.0 sack season in 2010. They cannot afford to have Clay Matthews double or triple-teamed on every possession like he was last year. Hargrove will not be an every-down player but he will be essential on third downs when the defense needs a solid pass rush to get to the quarterback.
The Hargrove signing would also mean the Packers are unsure of where defensive end Mike Neal stands with the team. Neal was suspended four games at the beginning of next season for testing positive for performance enhancers. He was supposed to be the next great pass rusher which is why Green Bay elected to let veteran Cullen Jenkins go in free agency after their Super Bowl victory, but injuries have plagued his career.
In 15 games last season with the Seahawks, Hargrove posted 18 tackles (13 solo), 3.0 sacks and two stuffs.