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Green Bay Packers Aftermath Following 2013 NFL Playoffs Exit

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

@craigballard77

The Green Bay Packers season is over as they were crushed by the San Francisco 49ers in their 2013 NFL Playoffs Divisional weekend tilt. This article is a look at what lies ahead for the Packers…

The Packers have a top tier passing game, but they will likely lose a few weapons this off-season. Greg Jennings is a free-agent and he will be highly sought after (article on Miami Dolphins interest in Jennings is HERE). His relationship with this team, and in particular with Aaron Rodgers may be at an all-time low. I do not think their is bad blood, I just think that both parties may be prepared to move on from each other. The Packers have young talent (tons of it) at the wide receiver position even if Jennings does go elsewhere in 2013. We may even see Jermichael Finley become a salary cap casualty as the Packers are likely going to be committed to their other passing game targets which could make his $7+ million contract too pricey.

The running game may see newcomer DuJuan Harris get a shot at being their main guy, but they will have decisions to make as Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant are both veterans who are free-agents. Do the Pack want to re-up with either of them as a way to try to have some depth, or will they take their no.20 ranked running game in a completely different direction (I would). The Packers were terrible at getting touchdowns through their running game so I would not be surprised to see changes.

On defense the Packers will have decisions to make on linebacker Erik Walden, and defensive-back Sam Shields are free-agents. Their 2012 defense overall was no.11 vs the pass, and no.17 vs the run.

Even if any/all of these players do play for different teams in 2013 I would still say that on the strength of their passing game the Packers are still going to be really good going forward, but I would like to see some inspired trades/free-agents/drafted players improve their defense and/or improve their running game going forward.

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