Friday, February 29, 2008
Packers Make a Move as Free Agency Begins - Corey Williams Traded
Free Agency began last night and the Packers already have made a move. They shipped recently Franchised DT, Corey Williams to the Cleveland Browns for a 2nd Round pick. The Browns' pick is 56th overall and the Packers have the 60th pick in the 2nd Round. Cleveland now does not have any first day picks, giving up their 1st and 3rd picks last year to Dallas to get QB Brady Quinn.
Including the 30th pick overall, the Packers have three draft picks in the first 60 and have the kind of ammunition that could vault them into the first half of the first round if they can find a trading partner. GM Ted Thompson has never traded up in a draft and could also choose to stay put and reap the benefits of what is considered a deep and talented draft.
The Packers now have Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly, last year's 1st Round pick Justin Harrell, Collin Cole, and Daniel Muir at DT. After the move, the Packers still have good depth at DT, but Jolly most likely won't be ready for training camp, still recovering from last season's shoulder injury that landed him on IR.
The Packers also made a few other moves, signing the team's two restricted free agents, Collin Cole and halfback Vernand Morency. Cole (second round) and Morency (third) have been tendered by the team as restricted free agents. Cole's high tender means that he's very valuable after the Packers agreed to ship Corey Williams to the Cleveland Browns. Another team would have to give up a second round draft choice to sign Cole which would seem unlikely.
Green Bay also signed tackle Joe Toledo, who was released by Miami on Feb. 12. Toledo missed all of last season with a foot injury and all of 2006 because of a knee injury.
"Joe's a guy that our scouts had scouted him in college (at Washington) and liked him quite a bit," Thompson said. "He's had a run of bad luck injury-wise in Miami, but we thought he was worth taking a look at."