With Steven Jackson making the decision to sign with the Atlanta Falcons, the Green Bay Packers still find themselves in need of a running back this offseason. Many thought the Jackson signing was a done deal, but at the last minute he decided to take his talents to the ATL.
I questioned all along if Jackson was the right man for the job in Green Bay. He’s getting up there in age, and who knows how he would of responded to the frozen tundra of Lambeau field. Jackson’s a guy who’s played in a dome his entire career, and it’s fair to wonder if the change of scenery would have actually ended up being a good thing.
Long story short – it’s not the end of the world to lose out on Jackson. But where do the Packers go from here?
If the team is set on bringing in a running back via free agency, there are still a couple of notable backs available – Michael Turner, Felix Jones, and Ahmad Bradshaw to name a few.
Of those three backs, it seems like Turner would be the best fit. He’s someone that’s clearly on the decline, but still should have a couple solid years of production left in him. Turner is capable of carrying the load, and I’m sure the Packers could find a way for him to be productive in their pass-heavy system.
At this point though, it seems like Green Bay would be best served to target a running back in the upcoming draft. Adding a back like Turner is really just a temporary fix, while taking a talented back early on in the draft would solve the problem for years to come.
The combination of signing a veteran and taking a running back in the draft, may ultimately be the best solution for the Pack. Either way, the franchise has to do something about their running game, or lack there of.
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