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Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:12 am
Edited on: February 21, 2012 10:16 am
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By Josh Katzowitz

Last October, when we told you about the Packers signing receiver Jordy Nelson and guard Josh Sitton, there seemed to be optimism about Green Bay eventually inking tight end Jermichael Finley and center Scott Wells to new deals that would preserve much of the team’s offensive core.

Well, Finley still is in limbo, as the possibility of the franchise tag hangs over his head, and now it appears there’s a real chance that Wells could be on his way out of Green Bay altogether.

Considering Wells is probably the best Packers linemen -- and one of the best centers in the game -- and considering he just played in his first Pro Bowl, this revelation comes as quite a surprise. But that’s the word from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which writes, “Wells is being told by the Green Bay Packers that he has overvalued himself as an undersized, 31-year-old center no matter how well he has played for them. Wells basically is telling the team, ‘Watch what happens.’”

As the paper writes, this isn’t a salary cap issue, because the Packers could pay Wells what he’s worth. It sounds like they’re just not willing to do it, because, I don’t know, he’s not important enough to the team.

And if the Packers don’t pay him what he wants, Wells could hold a grudge that’s been years in the making.

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From the Journal Sentinel:
Wells hasn't forgotten that the Packers cut him at the end of his first training camp.

More critically, he hasn't forgotten how Mike McCarthy and (Ted) Thompson cast him aside after three years as their starting center and replaced him with Jason Spitz in 2009. …

Wells responded with his finest season in '09, topped it in '10 and probably was even better yet in '11. Unlike so many of his teammates, Wells wasn't offered an early extension and played for base salaries of $2.25 million in 2010 and $2.75 million last year.

He remembers that, too.

What’s working against Wells: he’s 31, and he’s undersized for a center. And no matter what he’s done in the past for Green Bay, those two characteristics could cause the Packers to look elsewhere if his asking price isn’t right.

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Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:10 pm

Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

Is Wells that good or is he just lucky that both Sitton and Lang are playing guard and that they handle most of the bigger tackles we play. Remember we go up agaist the Lions and Vikings twice each year. yes center area of the line did not give up many sacks but like I stated earlier is it the guards next to him.

Also I have to say every thing Thompson has done other than one big mistake he made his first year letting both guards leave via free agency. Wait one with to Dallas hurt his back out of the league with in one year. Other never was the same with the pathers and was cut after his second year.  So lets see what Thompson is looking at he just seems to know when to let some of the people leave when they are not longer useful for the team. IF you are a Farve fan and do not like what Thompson did get over it. WE won the super bowl because of what Rogers did that Farve never did manage a game. Remember we would have gotten there in McCarthy's second year of coaching if Farve would not have thrown that INT to the Gaint Player setting up there winning Field goal. 

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:26 pm

Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

The Packers probably feel that quality Centers aren't hide to find. Wells himself being an example. The lesson here is to not price yourself out of a job.

The Packers surrendered 41 sacks last year.  A lot of that had to do with youth and inexperience at the OT positions and an injury to Chad Clifton that limited him to 6 games.   But one thing that QBs really hate is dealing with pressure that comes up the middle.  If it's off the edge they have the opportunity to step up and make throws - something Rodgers is excellent at.  But when the pocket collapses it makes it very difficult for a QB.  Wells is an integral part of ensuring that Packers maintain the pocket. 

Wells graded out as the 4th best Center in the NFL last year according to  They may find a replacement, but he won't be as good as Wells and Aaron Rodgers and the offense will pay a price for that. 

They shouldn't break the bank but a contract in the range of $3.5 - 4 million for 2 or 3 seasons is reasonable. 

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:15 pm

Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

I would agree that players need to be careful they don't price themselves out of a job, but this is likely Wells' last chance for a multi-year contract and he already has a Super Bowl ring.  At this point Wells should be thinking about making sure that he maximizes his earning for the next few years even if that means going to another team.  Now, if he's happy in Green Bay and wants to stay there he'll have to accept a contract in the $3 million a year range.  That's the reality for that team. 

I think for Wells and the Packers the guideline should be the 3 year, $10.9 million deal that the 49ers gave Jonathan Goodwin last year.  Goodwin was over 30 when the deal was signed and had been to one Pro Bowl in his career.  The situations aren't identical but similar enough. 

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:35 am

Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

The Packers probably feel that quality Centers aren't hide to find. Wells himself being an example. The lesson here is to not price yourself out of a job.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:15 am

Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

Sampson Genus is ready to step up from the practice squad.  The guys is very strong and quick.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:07 am
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Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:30 am

Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

Who will the Packers put at C if Wells leaves?  Evan Dietrich-Smith?  The Packers O-Line is weak as it is, and you're offense is driven by passing, you have to keep Wells.  You need to draft on the O-Line and NOT sign Finley.  Finley overrated and can't catch a cold.  He should have stuck to hoops

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:06 am

Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

As far as I can understand, letting Wells go would be a great let down for the Packers offensive line. According to a report issued today by Pro Football Focus, he's allowed only two sacks every season for the last two years. Given that the Giants David Baas is not exactly a keeper and that the G-Men's OL needs improvement, I think that Jerry Reese should start paying attention to the possibility of Wells becoming a free agent. That is all.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:16 am

Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

Ted Thompson knows when to gut the older guys that expect giant pay days when in reality their age is catching up with them.  Scott Wells pro bowl addition was more because the Packers excellent record and the fact that how the entire Packers offense was voted in without a second thought way back when.  Positions like center weren't really cared about by people and stayed the same for the pro bowl..  Let's be honest here..

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:13 am

Are the Packers and Wells headed for a breakup?

Arinze121, only nine teams averaged as many as 29 carries last season; only SIX 30-(fewer than)35. What's more, the teams that carried the ball the most often were KC, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Denver. I'm thinking that it may be dawning on one or more of these teams that a better passing game has become the quintessential ingredient of winning football in the league.

As it was, one more carry would've had the Packers averaging 24. Eight teams, including the Packers, averaged fewer than 25. The "little" fellow will find a match, trust me. There's a reason why Dominic Raiola's still working in Detroit in spite of the profound lack of junk in his trunk.

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