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.