I'm not sure why everyone is so down on EDS at center. He is ranked as one of the best pass blocking centers in the league. ProFootballFocus even had him ranked as the 8th best center in the league last season.
This team has a few needs that need to be fixed this offseason. Center is not one of them.
Agree, the problem being, he is a FA this year, is there enough money to sign him?
T.J Lang is due 5.1 mil this year, Josh Sitton 6.4 mil.
How much money can a team invest in the o-line?
The Packers usually keep 8 lineman on the 53 man roster, 7 are usually active on gameday.
Bulaga 3.8 mil , Sherrard 2.1mil, Bahktiari .61mil, Barclay .57mil, Lane Taylor .50 mil, and J. C Tretter .59 mil
There's also Geirhart, Coleman, Adams, Tiller, and Vujnovich who are pretty much irrelevant at this point.(for this discussion)
The Packers have 19.58mil invested in the line for 2014(top 8).
Tretter who is being talked about as maybe the future C can go on the PS if Ted decides to resign EDS.
I guess there are 3 easy options right now.
1.Sign EDS(if possible) and stash Tretter on the PS
2.Sign EDS keep Tretter on 53 man roster and let a Lane Taylor or Derrick Sherrard go.
3. Let EDS go and trust that Tretter can become the starter at C for The Packers.
I prefer option #1.
Would be great if The Packers could have these guys battle it out in Training Camp, but that's not an option at C, Ted has to make a decision on EDS.
Ted decides to sign EDS, HE IS THE STARTER, there is no camp battle.