Poppinga On Roster Bubble?

The generous contract Packers linebacker Brady Poppinga signed last offseason could put his roster spot in jeopardy this year.

Poppinga was a starter when he signed his deal, but he’s a clear
backup in Green Bay’s new 3-4 defense.  Poppinga is set to make $1.9
million in base salary, and Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette wonders if the team wants to pay a role player that much.

Poppinga was asked at Green Bay’s recent minicamp asked if his salary will put his job at risk.

“That’s something you’d have to ask the front office. I don’t know how they budget things out.”

Poppinga’s predicament is an example of the difficulties inherent in
changing defensive schemes. Both the player and the contract have to
fit into the new system.

4 responses to “Poppinga On Roster Bubble?

  1. Rob Demovsky does some bad speculating. Poppinga has been improving every season and is a more effective blitzer than Barnett.
    1) Brady Poppinga is faster than Thompson and has more experience than a 2nd year guy converting to a new position.
    2) Clay Matthews is a rookie and it is very difficult for a rookie to start for the Packers.
    3) Maybe next year if the young guys show a lot but not this season.

  2. Jeremy Thompson will surprise some people this year. While I think Popp will hang on this year, I don’t think his future is long with the team. He’s been a solid contributor. But his age, price tag, and skill set don’t bode well for the Packers right now.

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