There’s a perception that the Packers have an overload of talent at the skill positions. Are we so sure of that? I’m certainly not:
- Jermichael Finley is talented but unreliable, and is set to become a free agent after this season.
- James Jones is set to become a free agent after the 2013 season as well.
- Donald Driver retired.
- Greg Jennings left for the Vikings in free agency.
- The Packers don’t have a RB that is going to scare anybody.
The only legitimate weapons the Packers have in place that are signed through 2014 are Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
Meanwhile Jermichael Finley will count $8,750,000 against the Packers’ salary cap this season (via overthecap.com):
If the Packers plan on keeping Finley from testing free agency after the 2013 season, they may have to tag him, which will cost them 120% of his 2013 cap number, or $10,500,000. Unless Finley suddenly turns into Rob Gronkowski, that’s not going to happen. Over the last two seasons, Finley tied for the TE lead in dropped passes:
The Packers would be smart to reload at the skill positions now.
Tyler Eifert is the best TE in this deep class. He’s a hair under 6’6, he can jump, he already has much better hands than Finley, and while Eifert himself admits his blocking needs work, his willingness to block is not an issue. The Packers could implement a potent 2-TE set in the short term, with Eifert taking over as the starting TE beginning in 2014.