When a proven player comes available at a team’s biggest position of need, it should just be a no-brainer for the front office to pursue him and do every thing they can to sign him but that is kind of a new idea for the Packers front office.
Fans have been begging General Manager Ted Thompson to loosen his purse strings a bit and start bringing in some big time free agents. Thompson has successfully pursued free agents before, most notably in the form of Charles Woodson and Julius Peppers but they are few and far between. This offseason the Packers made a splash right away by adding two tight ends, Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, guard Jahri Evans, defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois and cornerback Davon House. All of those were solid additions but most of those players were just replacements for other guys who left in the offseason.
The problem I have with Thompson so far, is when there is a glaring hole on the roster like outside linebacker and he has the opportunity to fix it but shows little to no interest. This time he didn’t hesitate to get the job done. News had barely dropped that Brooks had been cut by San Francisco before the Packers announced he was coming in for a visit. Now just a few days later it appears that a deal had been done and the Packers have added a difference maker on defense.
Not only is this an upgrade for Green Bay, Brooks could almost automatically be the best player on the Packers. He’s tough and strong against the run, can blitz from the outside linebacker position and can also play the “elephant” role if needed. The area that makes him so valuable to the defensive unit, though, is his ability to cover tight ends and running backs when they go out for the pass.
This could go down as one of the great moves of Thompson’s tenure. Even more than that, the Packers General Manager has shown the willingness to make a big move when it’s needed and to listen to the fan’s desire to bring another trophy to Title Town.