Former New York Giants defensive end Chris Canty will be visiting with the Green Bay Packers next week to undergo a physical and discuss the possibility of signing with the team. Should the Packers ink a deal with the potentially pricey Canty?
Green Bay needs desperately to improve their defensive line after ranking 23rd in the NFL last season against stopping the run (4.5 yards per carry), and 16th in the league in rushing yards allowed (118.5 per game). The Packers also allowed 13 carries of 20 yards or more, and were only able to muster three recovered fumbles on the season.
The 6-foot-7, 317-pound Canty has the perfect size to play defensive end in Green Bay’s 3-4 defense because he will take up space and clog running lanes. In four seasons playing in the Dallas Cowboys 3-4 defense, Canty recorded 102 tackles, 10 sacks and one forced fumble without ever missing a game.
Even though he has dealt with his fair share of injuries since then – he has missed 15 games over the past two seasons – the seven-year veteran has the right skill set to be productive in both run and pass defense.
Green Bay was very interested in signing the 30-year old during the 2008 off-season, but he simply wanted more money than the Packers were willing to give him. However, the organization needs to spend the $5 million per season this time around on Canty in order to drastically improve the defensive front.
If the Packers release inside linebacker A.J. Hawk and tight end Jermichael Finley, they will have more than enough money to afford him along with extending other key players. It may sound like a lot of money for Green Bay to spend on a player that may not be able to suit up every game, but the team needs to do whatever they can to get better if they want another Super Bowl berth.
I believe this is absolutely the right player for the Packers to sign, and they should not think twice about it. His presence on the line next to B.J. Raji will be troublesome for opposing offenses. Not to mention, he will improve Clay Matthews’ game if Green Bay decides to line the two players up on the same side.