Written by Mike Davidsen Thursday, 28 July 2011 11:06
The suddenly budget-conscious Packers made the decision to part ways with Nick Barnett's cap-consuming salary at the onset of the 2011 season. The next victim: Mark Tauscher. Which salaries are eating up salary cap room in Green Bay? Here are three players that are earning more than they put out on the field.
Ryan Grant survived a "rumor" of being on the early-season chopping block this July. But, that doesn't mean that the Packers won't shun a copy of his current contract come next March when Grant becomes a free agent. Grant got a big pay day after emerging as the only viable option at running back in 2007, but hasn't exactly been the wrecking ball runner since.
Brandon Chillar's $21 million deal over five years is downright laughable as the aging veteran isn't even getting a mention for a starting inside linebacker spot. With Barnett gone, Chillar's role as primary backup to both inside linebacker spots is certainly worthy of veteran money - but, $21 million? The Packers clearly whiffed on their plan to expand Chillar's role in Dom Capers' defense.
Even A.J. Hawk knew that he was too expensive to bring back at the level that his rookie contract escalator specified for 2011. That's why he and his agent agreed to some slight price concessions. In my opinion, Hawk's new contract is still worth more than his contributions at inside linebacker. Unlike the others, though, Hawk has very little risk of being let go.