I was very interested to read the comments by most of you re the fleeting thought of trading James Jones and a 2nd round pick to AZ for Anquan Boldin. Most of you opposed this idea quite strongly based not so much on the idea of giving up a valuable draft pick as much as giving up James Jones. As I have stated before, I think Jones is really really good and may end up leading the team in receiving this year because Rodgers loves him. So, I wrote that post reluctantly because frankly, I really don’t want to give up Jones either right now. And, I also question my own inclusion of a 2nd round pick – maybe a 3rd or 4th round pick would be more appropriate because with Jones, they’d be getting someone who could start opposite Fitzgerald no problem (or be a great #3).
That said, I don’t think Boldin has an attitude problem on par with the TOs or Mosses of the world. He is a hungry player who is no worse than the 4th best receiver in the NFL. The guy is an absolute beast. James Jones is very good with loads of potential, but Boldin is a superstar right now. Jones needs probably a few seasons before he can be on Boldin’s level. And Rodgers would get over the loss of Jones in a hurry when he realizes Boldin will catch everything thrown in his direction and then drag DBs down the field for huge gains. (Kind of like how Lav;wjfoahgoah Coles has warmed up to Favre despite his best bud Pennington getting cut). I do wonder if Favre were here if he’d be whining for TT to pick up Boldin (and then TT would communicate weirdly about it).
In the end though, as much as I like Boldin and think our passing game would go from very good to unstoppable with him, I too, as GM, would be reluctant to depart with Jones (and a 2nd round pick). I very well might spend some time analyzing Arizona’s needs to see if there were other Packer players and/or draft picks to offer, but I’m not sure how far I would have pushed something like this. (I suppose an even more impressive idea would be to trade someone else and then have Driver, Boldin, Jennings and Jones as the wide outs. That would simply be unfair – the team would probably get fined for “creating unfair playing conditions”).
But to me, the benefit of an exercise like this is to get us all thinking about possibilities for the Packers. It really makes me wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Packers HQ. When word leaks out that a Boldin or a Chad Johnson or a Mike Wahle or a Jason Taylor or anyone good, might be available, are there certain members of the Packers staff who are specifically tasked with sitting down right as these rumors start and thinking about a bunch of trade possibilities? Reggie McKenzie? John Schneider? TT? Does the team keep a list of priority positions that could be upgraded? I would certainly hope that the Packers at least consider these kinds of things and my guess is that they quietly do.
Of course, my wife would probably argue that what this Boldin exercise is really about me just wanting to suggest things. I am a suggester. I have problem with suggesting things. We may have decided on which restaurant to go to and we may even be in the middle of a great meal, and I’ll be sitting there talking about other restaurants that we could have gone to. (You may have noticed some of my other player-acquisition-suggestion-posts: Joe Horn last year, Jason Taylor, Mike Wahle, Warrick Dunn, Michael Turner at one point, Jeremy Shockey, Tony Gonzalez, Chad Pennington, calling back DeMond Parker, etc, etc, etc,). If the Packers are looking for a professional suggester, I may be their guy. But for now, it’s just a problem I’m working on.