The heart and soul of the Packers is and will be for the near future, Aaron Rodgers. The distribution of the Packers’ cap reflects that, but, at the same time, the defensive troubles of recent years are reflected in the team’s expenditures as well. According to overthecap.com, the Packers spend almost 75 million dollars on the offense, while spending barely more than 48 million dollars on the defense. The one big time paid player for the Packers defense is Clay Matthews who has struggled to be available and been ineffective when he did play, doing little more than take up blockers and pave the way for other players to make plays.
Total cap liabilities: $134,988,706
While keep Aaron Rodgers happy and in Green Bay is priority one, this cap distribution signals two things for the Packers defense:
- They lack superstars
- They rely on young players on r0okie contracts
This reality underscores the corresponding difficulties the Packers have had on defense. Especially in a season in which Sam Shields was
In an offense driven league, more and more it will be offenses that win championships. But teams have to be able to stop high-powered offenses from time to time if they want to be the last team standing. The Packers cut Shields and an unbiased view would seem to indicate that Clay Matthews is overpaid.
If this team wants to get over the hump, they are going to have to be willing to spend some money on their defense. The free agent market this year has a couple of options that could really help the team. Will they get a deal done with one of these guys? That depends on whether they are willing to spend the money.
If Ted Thompson opens the purse strings this off-season, the Packers could be right back in it. If not, we will likely be relying on draftees and undrafted free-agents once again to help the team bring the Lombardi back home.