Greg Bedard has been doing outstanding work from the combine in Indianapolis over the past week. If you haven’t been going to that JS Online’s Packer blog daily (hourly?), head over there and just start scrolling. He’s got lots of details on the Packer interviews, potential draftees, Indy in general, Jason Taylor (dude is obsessed). It’s high-quality stuff.
From his latest entry: the Packers want to re-sign DeShawn Wynn, they are not interested in Chris Canty or Igor Olshansky, they don’t want to sign Matt Birk, they didn’t use Indy to meet with any big-name free agents and Rob Davis is money. That’s all in a blog post, not even a real article.
And, Bedard drops this fascinating bombshell: The Packers wanted to draft Joe Flacco last year and were even interested in moving up to do so. Wow. On the one hand, I’m comforted that they recognize talent and understand that a good quarterback remains arguably the most important element of a successful football team (and I say this despite the success of the Dilfer-led Ravens, the Johnson-led Bucs and the Manning-led Giants. Manning, to be fair, played well in the playoffs.)
But what are we supposed to think about all of the front office love for Aaron Rodgers as the future of the franchise? Here is Bedard:
Heard this from a pretty good source that would know: The Packers were one of the teams that were very hot for QB Joe Flacco last year, so much so that they definitely would have taken him at No. 30 and might have traded into the 20-25 range. Flacco ended up going at 18 when the Ravens traded up to draft him. The two primary teams the Ravens were worried about taking Flacco ahead of them were the Packers and the New York Jets.