NFL Free Agency: Steven Jackson heads to Atlanta
Did the Packers just miss out on another potential free agent upgrade? Two days ago defensive lineman Chris Canty signed with Baltimore. Now today comes word that running back Steven Jackson, thought to be headed to Green Bay, will sign a three year deal with Atlanta.
I've said a couple of times that while Jackson is a solid running back he has both age and durability issues. Ahmad Bradshaw is still sitting out there and I believe he would be a good fit. There's always the possibility the Packers go after a running back in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft.
So it's not the end of the world but considering the money being thrown around by NFC Super Bowl contenders are the Packers being too cautious? We already know how active San Francisco and Seattle have been this week. Now Atlanta gets into the mix with Jackson and the news that tight end Tony Gonzalez will return to the Falcons after contemplating retirement.
Greg Jennings is in Minnesota today visiting with the Vikings. Again, not the end of the world but with Wes Welker going to Denver on the cheap, bringing Jennings back should come at a reasonable price tag. Although the focus should still be on defense, having Jennings back around $6 million a year wouldn't be a bad move. But let's say Jennings signs with Minnesota. The Packers must deal with a 49ers team with one more weapon (Anquan Boldin), a Falcons team that upgraded their backfield and a Vikings team that replaces Percy Harvin (who goes to Seattle) with Jennings.
The Packers have the firepower to match those teams offensively. So missing out on Jackson shouldn't cause you to lose any sleep. But what about Green Bay's defense? Now that Jackson is headed to an NFC power (and a 2013 opponent at that) perhaps the Packers will look a little more closely for an upgrade on defense.