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Offline PackerTraxx  
#81 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2012 8:51:36 AM(UTC)
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Thanks, if that is the extent and the Packers can satisfy themselves he'll fit in well; for a 6th or 7th I would say "go for it".
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#82 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2012 8:58:57 AM(UTC)
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To be complete.. there were work ethic questions coming into this season.


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His lack of commitment was startling to coaches from the day he was claimed off waivers from the Titans an undrafted rookie in 2010. For the first two weeks after being acquired by Tampa Bay, Blount, who was suspended at Oregon for punching a Boise State player, never made it to work on time and compiled fines of more than $15,000. Exasperated, then-coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik ordered him to hire a car service with a driver to wake him up in the morning and transport him less than 3 miles from his apartment to One Buc Place. After a few weeks, they canceled the car service for one day. And Blount was late. He continued to need a driver to get to work in 2011. But his poor preparation habits also spread to the meeting room, where coaches said he would sometimes fall asleep.
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#83 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:00:28 AM(UTC)
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Not everyone needs to be "Packers people" to contribute, but that's pretty bad if true. Keep him away.
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#84 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:02:07 AM(UTC)
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Porforis said: Go to Quoted Post
Not everyone needs to be "Packers people" to contribute, but that's pretty bad if true. Keep him away.


That was 2011... just keep in mind.


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TAMPA Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount closed out last week's 38-10 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, running five times for 53 yards and a touchdown during the final offensive drive.

The Bucs don't plan to use Blount exclusively in a closer's role, but closing out games could become a big part of Blount's job description.

Tampa Bay (2-3) plays the New Orleans Saints (1-4) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

"Every game is different, but that is a nice model that happened (Sunday),'' Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "After playing for three hours in 85-degree heat and now you have this 250-pound man coming at you. That would work nice.''

Blount certainly wouldn't mind. He yearns to regain his role as a starter and is eager to get more work early in games, but knows he's suited to fill a closer's role and would gladly accept it.

"It's fun being a reliever,'' Blount said. "If I can, I want to get in early. But if I get in later, I'll just play later. I have a passion for the game and whenever I get a chance to play I just make the best of my opportunities.''
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#85 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:18:18 AM(UTC)
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I've been rethinking my position on trading for a RB, and I think I am all for it now. Getting a top tier RB in our backfield right now with Rodgers would help both the offense (to extend drives), and the defense (to keep them off the field as much as possible).

Ted, make the trade! I would prefer either of Blount or Jackson. Do it!!!! Trade a #3. Go for it. The one you didn't trade for Lynch got us Green. Don't make the same mistake twice.
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#86 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:28:04 AM(UTC)
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I've been rethinking my position on trading for a RB, and I think I am all for it now. Getting a top tier RB in our backfield right now with Rodgers would help both the offense (to extend drives), and the defense (to keep them off the field as much as possible).

Ted, make the trade! I would prefer either of Blount or Jackson. Do it!!!! Trade a #3. Go for it. The one you didn't trade for Lynch got us Green. Don't make the same mistake twice.


To be fair though, having Lynch on this team and his new contract would probably mean losing another key player; perhaps Raji, Jennings, etc. Perhaps that would be worth it, but there's something to say about a cheaper player to preserve other seemingly more important positions, in this offense anyway. Additionally, Lynch is a guy that needs carries to really get going, which is something he sometimes wouldn't get in this offense.
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doddpower said: Go to Quoted Post
To be fair though, having Lynch on this team and his new contract would probably mean losing another key player; perhaps Raji, Jennings, etc. Perhaps that would be worth it, but there's something to say about a cheaper player to preserve other seemingly more important positions, in this offense anyway. Additionally, Lynch is a guy that needs carries to really get going, which is something he sometimes wouldn't get in this offense.


I'm still on the fence about paying big money to keep raji around.
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#88 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:39:27 AM(UTC)
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Well doddpower, I do know we won a SB the year many people wanted us to trade for Lynch. Looking back, there were some disappointed players when we didn't make the move, like Woodson and Rodgers. I would say, we might have fared better last season had we made the trade. Running to extend drives and save your defense is something we desperately needed last year, and we could use better production on that end this year too.

Your point is well taken on the number of players we need to re-sign after this season, and money spent on a RB now to finish our season may take away from getting more mid-season signing opportunities completed. I just happen to think adding a proven pro like Steven Jackson would give this team quite a bit more confidence, and could go a long way towards our getting another SB win. That is what we need, and I don't know if we can trust the RBs we have currently to get the job done - I mean, in reaching that ultimate goal. Starks has so much proving to do, and I don't know about Green. Adding Jackson could work wonders. and I think it might be worth the pick.
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#89 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:19:24 AM(UTC)
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I'm still on the fence about paying big money to keep raji around.


If we don't, it HAS to be because we can get a player that's still effective to replace him for less. We've gone down this road before with poor results.
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#90 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:28:12 AM(UTC)
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With a salary of 540k only about 1/2 we would be responsible for, and for only a 7th rounder. This is the type of move I would love to see. We all dream of what a productive run game could do for Rodgers and the passing game. This is a type of move to make if you are serious about doing everything you can to try and win a SB. He may turn out not to be the answer, but then again, he might. And it wouldn't cost the team much.

Blount possible trading block

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The NFL trade deadline is approaching, as any opportunity to trade players within the NFL this season will end on Thursday. That means we'll see a lot of rumors, most of them turning to absolutely nothing. One of them certainly is significant and has consistently been mentioned: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to trade Legarrette Blount.

Trading Blount would be perfectly logical. Doug Martin looks like a feature back, the Bucs have two backups in the form of D.J. Ware and Michael Smith and Blount is barely featuring in this offense. He could also be worth a bit: he's incredibly cheap this season, as he's playing under an exclusive-rights tender (worth just slightly more than the minimum salary), and he'll be a restricted free agent next year.

Despite all of those factors, ESPN's John Clayton reports that Legarrette Blount could be had for just a seventh-round pick (via Evan Silva). Apparently the Bucs are in the market of handing out players for peanuts. After all, they received nothing for Kellen Winslow, barely anything for Brian Price and simply cut Tanard Jackson and Dezmon Briscoe. Getting value hasn't been at the forefront of their minds since Greg Schiano got here.

Still, trading Blount for a seventh-round pick seems silly. Blount is far from the greatest running back in the NFL, but he's still a useful player. Giving 30 touches per game to Doug Martin isn't exactly sustainable, and Blount is a decent if inconsistent runner. Despite losing Carl Nicks for the season, the Bucs have a chance to make the playoffs and Blount could play a role there. Is a measly seventh-round pick worth more than a decent backup running back?

If the Bucs do trade him for a seventh-rounder, that will tell us exactly what they think of Legarrette Blount: someone who is useless on this team.
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