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10 worst Packers signings
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#1 Posted : Tuesday, March 20, 2007 3:51:27 AM(UTC)

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The Drill: 10 worst Packers signings

Posted: March 19, 2007

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The Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn ranks the Green Bay Packers' 10 worst signings since the start of unrestricted free agency in 1993. Players signed in 2006 weren't considered because their careers in Green Bay have been so brief.

1. Joe Johnson, DE, 2003-'04: Signed six-year, $33M (million) deal that included what essentially was a $6.5M SB (signing bonus) to leave New Orleans. Started first five games in '03 before rupturing triceps muscle and first six games in '04 before rupturing quadriceps muscle. Had two sacks, 25 tackles. Phlegmatic individual. One of the worst UFA signings in NFL history.

2. Raleigh McKenzie, G, 1999-'00: Signed four-year, $6M deal ($1.8M SB) to leave San Diego. Started seven games for ineffective Mike Wahle in late '99. Cut in August 2000, returned in September for three games and was released for good in mid-October. Twin brother of Packers pro scout Reggie McKenzie. An undersized battler who was over the hill when he arrived in Green Bay. Exuded professionalism and character.

3. Bill Maas, NT, 1993: Signed two-year, $2.2M deal ($400,000 SB) to leave Kansas City and become Packers' first-ever UFA signing. Started three of first four games before Achilles' tendon woes put him on the bench behind John Jurkovic. Finished with no sacks and nine tackles. Retired after season. GM Ron Wolf would have cut Maas at mid-season but regarded him as a positive locker-room influence.


4. Adrian Klemm, G, 2005: Signed two-year, $2.6M ($800,000 SB) to leave New England. Started first eight games before being benched. Soft player who never seemed sure of himself. Was to play left tackle in '06 but missed most of the off-season with a knee injury and then suffered a torn Achilles' tendon on second day of training camp. Waived off injured reserve Sept. 6.


5. Mark Roman, S, 2004-'05: Signed three-year, $2.75M deal ($700,000 SB) to leave Cincinnati. Started all but one game over two years. Had two interceptions, allowed nine TD passes. Worst starter on one of the franchise's worst defenses in '04 and then wasn't much better in '05. Waived July 27 and signed three days later by 49ers, for whom he started 11 games.

6. Ron Cox, LB, 1996: Signed three-year, $3.9M deal ($900,000 SB) to leave Chicago. Started in the middle until late in camp when Brian Williams moved into the lineup and George Koonce shifted to the middle. Started one of 16 games, then started NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl after Koonce blew out his knee. Cut June 2, 1997, then started 13 games for Bears that season.

6. Raymont Harris, RB, 1998: Signed one-year, $1.3M deal ($500,000 SB) to leave Chicago. Rushed for 1,033 yards for Bears in '97 before breaking fibula in Week 13. Was never the same back after that. Started three of eight games in '98, carrying 79 times for 228 yards (2.9). Broke the same fibula Nov. 15 and was cut Dec. 8.

8. Nick Luchey, FB, 2003-'04: Signed six-year, $6M deal ($1.1M SB) to leave Cincinnati as William Henderson's heir apparent. Played 17.9% of the snaps in '03, 22.6% in '04. Too up and down as a blocker and a rather crude receiver. Overweight and out of shape for much of his stay. Waived on the final roster reduction in September 2005.

9. Qadry Ismail, WR, '97: Signed one-year, $600,000 deal ($350,000 SB) to leave Minnesota. Traded by Wolf on final cutdown to Miami for conditional seventh-round pick that never materialized. Derrick Mayes, Don Beebe, Terry Mickens and Bill Schroeder were retained over him. Caught 235 passes for 3,281 yards (14.0) and 21 TD for Baltimore and Indianapolis from 1999-'02.


10. Reggie Cobb, RB, '94: Signed two-year, $2.2M deal ($700,000 SB) to leave Tampa Bay. Started 13 of 16 games, rushing 153 times for 579 yards (3.8) and three TDs. A former first-round pick, he left whatever speed he had in Tampa Bay. A class act and classic I-back miscast in a split-back system. Selected by Jacksonville as the 53rd pick in the 66-player expansion draft in February 1995.
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, March 20, 2007 4:56:56 AM(UTC)

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Tough to argue with...the following is a list of Unrestricted Free Agents signed since 1993 (From the Packers Website):




Unrestricted Free Agents, 1993-2006

SIGNED


[ul]1993: WR Louis Clark (Seattle), WR Mark Clayton (Miami), G Harry Galbreath (Miami), T Tunch Ilkin (Pittsburgh), NT Bill Maas (Kansas City), S Mike Prior (Indianapolis), DE Reggie White (Philadelphia).
1994: RB Reggie Cobb (Tampa Bay), DE Sean Jones (Houston), G Guy McIntyre (San Francisco), LB Fred Strickland (Minnesota).
1995: None.
1996: WR Don Beebe (Carolina), LB Ron Cox (Chicago), DT Santana Dotson (Tampa Bay), WR/KR Desmond Howard (Jacksonville).
1997: S Brad Edwards (Atlanta), LS Harper Le Bel (Atlanta), WR Qadry Ismail (Minnesota).
1998: DE Eric Curry (Tampa Bay), RB Raymont Harris (Chicago), P Sean Landeta (Tampa Bay), S Pat Terrell (Carolina), T Matt Willig (Atlanta).
1999: LB Anthony Davis (Kansas City), G/C Raleigh McKenzie (San Diego), LB Mike Morton (Oakland).
2000: P Tom Hutton (Miami), DT Russell Maryland (Oakland), LB Mike Morton (St. Louis), DE John Thierry (Cleveland).
2001: None.
2002: DE Joe Johnson (New Orleans).
2003: FB Nick Luchey (Cincinnati), LB Hannibal Navies (Carolina), DE Chukie Nwokorie (Indianapolis), C/G Grey Guegamer (New England).
2004: S Mark Roman (Cincinnati).
2005: G Adrian Klemm (New England), G Matt O'Dwyer (Tampa Bay).
2006: WR Marc Boerigter (Kansas City), S Marquand Manuel (Seattle), DT Ryan Pickett (St. Louis), LB Ben Taylor (Cleveland), CB Charles Woodson (Oakland). [/ul]
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, March 20, 2007 10:33:58 AM(UTC)

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Signing Johnson for that much money, sheesh.

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#4 Posted : Friday, March 23, 2007 8:11:39 AM(UTC)
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No mention of Tony (man am i rich) Mandarich? - 2nd pick in '88
Barry Sanders, Deon Sanders, & Derrick Brooks were picked after him
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#5 Posted : Friday, March 23, 2007 8:24:11 AM(UTC)
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Quote:
ORIGINAL: Alpha 21

No mention of Tony (man am i rich) Mandarich? - 2nd pick in '88
Barry Sanders, Deon Sanders, & Derrick Brooks were picked after him


This discussion is about free agent signings, not draft picks.
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#6 Posted : Friday, March 23, 2007 8:39:46 AM(UTC)
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Quote:
ORIGINAL: hoopdreams_wi

Quote:
ORIGINAL: Alpha 21

No mention of Tony (man am i rich) Mandarich? - 2nd pick in '88
Barry Sanders, Deon Sanders, & Derrick Brooks were picked after him


This discussion is about free agent signings, not draft picks.


Then I apologize. The thread just said "signings" not free agent signings.
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#7 Posted : Saturday, March 24, 2007 4:27:33 AM(UTC)

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Terry Glenn anyone? or was he traded for?
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#8 Posted : Saturday, March 24, 2007 4:31:25 AM(UTC)

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i think they signed him, but I am not completly sure.
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#9 Posted : Saturday, March 24, 2007 4:34:01 AM(UTC)

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Im pretty sure he was traded and he didnt do that bad.
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#10 Posted : Saturday, March 24, 2007 7:27:40 AM(UTC)

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i don't understand how roman could be on the list, but not marquand manuel.
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#11 Posted : Saturday, March 24, 2007 8:01:25 AM(UTC)
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Glenn was acquired via trade, and he did have a fairly solid year though nothing spectacular.

I have a hard time putting Ron Cox on this list, though I may be giving him the benefit of the doubt because he was a starter when they won the Super Bowl. His signing was more a bad one on the basis that it was a lot of money used on a player they didn't desperately need, more than it was money used on a bad player. It's hard to argue with a guy that was a solid 4th LB behind the likes of Brian Williams, George Koonce, and Wayne Simmons. But the added depth at LB was valuable when Koonce was out in the playoffs.

As for why Manuel is not on the list, the column says it doesn't include players signed in 2006.
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