5 Overrated NFL Free Agents the Green Bay Packers Should Avoid At All Costs
5 Overrated Free Agents the Green Bay Packers Shouldn't Sign
The 2014 NFL free agency is still a couple of weeks away, which is why a majority of teams are focused on the franchise tag at the moment. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to continue looking at what free agents are available for the Green Bay Packers, a team that is guaranteed to make a big splash this offseason.
I have already discussed predictions for the Packers’ 5 biggest free agency moves, but now it is time to focus on the overrated free agents who Green Bay must stay away from at all costs. I understand fans are very excited in regards to how Packers general manager Ted Thompson will spend a majority of the $30 million available salary cap space. With that being said, there is no reason to get carried away and pull the trigger on players who will not benefit Green Bay’s cause next season.
Obviously, the fact that Thompson is willing to acquire outside free agents in order to improve the team, specifically the defense, is great news. Not to mention, the 61-year-old is an intelligent man who knows how to build a roster the right way. Nonetheless, even the wise Thompson still makes mistakes. Unfortunately, the Packers can’t afford for that to happen this offseason. It is imperative that Green Bay strike gold in free agency and in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Check out the ensuing slideshow to see which big-name free agents the Packers must stay away from in order to have a successful offseason.
5. Jared Allen DE
Jared Allen is considered the most overrated available free agent on the market. It’s somewhat crazy to state that considering how valuable he was only a couple of years ago. It’s not as if no team will take a chance on Allen, especially since he has still proven to get after the quarterback. Even though Green Bay needs a significant upgrade on the defensive line, a player who can create sack opportunities opposite Clay Matthews, Allen is not the man for the job.
Sure, Aaron Rodgers would be happy to have Allen on his team, as would a lot of players on the Packers. Unfortunately, his age and desire to sign a pricey contract means he’s someone Green Bay must take a pass on. Not to mention, I’m not sure how well he would hold up in a 3-4 defense, although the Packers do utilize several packages with four linemen.
4. Charles Tillman CB
The Packers could certainly use some help in the secondary, which was by far the weakest link on the team in 2013. With that said, I can’t imagine Green Bay acquiring a cornerback because the focus needs to be more on the safety position. Regardless, if the Packers do decide to make an upgrade at cornerback, Charles Tillman is not the man for the job.
Tillman is known as a ball hawk, someone who consistently creates turnovers. In just eight games last season, he posted three interceptions and three forced fumbles. In 2012, he recorded three picks and a whopping 10 forced fumbles. Even though he’s someone that would fit in nicely with Green Bay’s defense, the fact that he will be 33 years old doesn’t sit well. Someone will definitely give him a deal that he can retire on, but it’s important that the Packers aren’t it.
3. Brett Keisel DE
I’ve seen several people talk about how defensive end Brett Keisel would be a perfect fit in Green Bay. The Packers need linemen who can apply pressure to the quarterback and is an asset in the run game. Even though Keisel is capable of doing these two things, it would not be smart to sign him to a contract. He’s 35 years old and only appeared in 12 games last season.
It’s true that he recorded four sacks and two fumble recoveries, but his tackling numbers went down. The Packers need linemen who can stop the penetration before it reaches the linebackers. Although Keisel has done a tremendous job of taking up space in recent years, I’m not confident that he will be able to sustain the success going forward.
2. Jermichael Finley TE
Several fans may not like to see tight end Jermichael Finley on this list. Unfortunately, he is an overrated player who the Packers must stay away from. The odds of re-signing him are slim to none because of his neck injury. Even though Finley plans to play next season, Green Bay isn’t a team that takes chances with players who have injured their neck, just ask Nick Collins. On top of that, Finley has caused some drama for the Packers over the years.
Obviously, he’s an incredible talent who has unlimited potential. Unfortunately, he’s someone who has never lived up to the expectations in Green Bay. Everyone expected him to be this great threat, which he never really achieved. Even though he has put up decent numbers throughout his career, I have to imagine the Packers expected much more from him. As much as I would hate to see Finley go, it’s simply smarter for Green Bay to move on.
1. Malcolm Jenkins S
Green Bay’s top area of focus this offseason is upgrading the safety position. There are several candidates in the draft and free agency who could fulfill the team’s needs immediately. At this point, it’s all about choosing the right path to take.
One safety who will be high on the free agency list for several teams is Malcom Jenkins. However, he’s someone the Packers should just ignore and keep their focus elsewhere. The 26-year-old may have graded out better than Green Bay’s two safeties last season, but then again, so did everyone else. Jenkins has shown potential to be a dominating force. Unfortunately, he’s another player who simply has yet to live up to the hype. Sure, he’s got great size for the safety position, but he hasn’t used that to his advantage. His turnover numbers and pass defend numbers are both low, which are two key statistics for a safety.