Good move for Ferguson, Packers

Look for Packers to deal for help at running back, tight end

The Green Bay Packers made it official this evening and said good-bye to Robert Ferguson. Most observers felt the wide receiver's stay in Green Bay would end before the start of the regular season anyway, so the news came as no big surprise.

Ferguson, in his seventh season, has had an injured-riddled career with the Packers, and a big salary for this upcoming season. Green Bay has a stable of younger talent ready to make an impact, spelling the end for Ferguson.

By making a move now, the Packers appear to have a good chance of dealing Ferguson for perhaps a tight end or a running back. The team has been hit by injuries at both positions, and it appears that other NFL teams are willing to give up a player to get a good look at Ferguson.

Head coach Mike McCarthy offered few details tonight, but vowed to have more information on Friday.

Trading Ferguson can be a win-win for all parties involved. The veteran has talent to play in the NFL, but might have better luck with a new start somewhere else. He has had his opportunities in Green Bay, only to get overcome by the injury bug. A change of scenery will do him good. At the same time, other receivers, like James Jones, Ruvell Martin, Carlyle Holiday and Shaun Bodiford will have an opportunity to show what they can do for an offense that desperately needs playmakers.

And if all goes well, the Packers will receive either a tight end or running back who can step in and give the offense a boost as well.

If the Packers can get a player with some experience, the move could pay immediate dividends for the offense.

Todd Korth

Todd Korth is managing editor of and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at

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