Since last season ended, the Packers have re-signed FB William Henderson and OG Mike Wahle. They also have added WR Terry Glenn via a trade, and they signed UFA DE Joe Johnson.
The Packers have also seen some players depart. DT Santana Dotson and DE John Thierry were released along with RB Dorsey Levens and MLB Bernardo Harris. Green Bay has also taken a hit at the WR position, losing both Corey Bradford and Bill Schroeder to free agency, along with KR/DB Allen Rossum. The Packers still have a lot of decisions to make. A number of players are going to be asked to restructure their current contracts. The 2002 NFL draft is right around the corner. The Packers will be extremely busy over the next couple of months, but it all starts with you.
First of all, you have had a very productive career in Green Bay. You have 417 career receptions which is 5th all-time in Packer's history. It is very conceivable that you could become the all-time leader if you remain with the Packers and finish your career in Green Bay. You also have been on the receiving end of 57 touchdown passes from Brett Favre which is 5th all-time in NFL history. You also have been very productive in the postseason. You are the all-time leader in Green Bay history in receptions with 47. You also have scored 12 touchdowns, 10 via reception, 1 via punt return and 1 via fumble recovery in the postseason. The bottom line is that you have had a tremendous career in Green Bay.
When the Terry Glenn deal was announced, your reaction was not exactly one of endorsement. You mentioned that Glenn would be getting a signing bonus of $7 million. You were mistaken. Glenn asked for $7 million, but received one closer to $2 million. That brings us to you. You are scheduled to receive $4.3 million in compensation this year. You said you might be willing to shave off around $1 million. The Packers would prefer to compensate you at around $1.5 million. I hope both of you can find middle ground. I think that will happen. It is a win-win situation for you if that happens.
First of all, you can still keep your pride knowing that your compensation will be in line with Glenn's. Secondly, with the addition of Glenn, you will see the double teams slide to Glenn, which will give you more one-on-one opportunities. In addition to all that, you are still the one WR on the roster that knows Brett Favre inside and out, not to mention the west coast offense. It will take time for Terry Glenn to fully understand the offense, while highly touted WR Robert Ferguson struggled in learning it last year. That is why it is so important for you to stay on board.
Finally, the Packers have a real chance to make some noise in the postseason with the moves they have made thus far. You have always shined in the postseason. A lot of people think your star has fallen. I believe that your star is still up in the sky, and it has a chance to get brighter.
Sincerely, Bob Fox