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Packers expected to tag Pickett

The Packers are joining in on the defensive tackle franchise tag party.

In one of the first mild surprises of the offseason, Green Bay is expected to retain Ryan Pickett by using the franchise tag, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. 

Pickett and the Packers have been discussing a long-term deal, but the team will use the tag if they can’t consummate the extension by Thursday.

The move isn’t really a huge surprise.  With no salary cap implications, it’s almost crazy not to use the tag to retain the rights to a quality starter. 

Defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Aubrayo Franklin have already been tagged, while Casey Hampton is expected to later in the week.  We wonder if the agents for Franklin, Hampton, and Pickett will wait for Wilfork to set the market at the position.

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  1. packerswin says: Feb 23, 2010 6:46 PM

    It has to be done!

  2. GobiasINC_1 says: Feb 23, 2010 6:49 PM

    Good move, especially with the uncertainty of a work-stoppage. Pickett proved last year that he can play in any defense.

  3. Citizen Strange says: Feb 23, 2010 6:52 PM

    Franchise tag on Ryan Pickett now
    that wicked wicked Pickett
    singin’ Mustang Sally
    Oh yeah, oh yeah

  4. last starfighter says: Feb 23, 2010 7:17 PM

    They should do it but I’m not sure I ever remember the Pack using the Franchise tag on a player. Maybe they used it on Kampman or KGB one year. Bubba Franks maybe?

  5. ShimSham says: Feb 23, 2010 7:18 PM

    He’s a big reason the run defense was number 1 in the league, it’s a good thing we’re keeping him around one way or another. He’s the only UFA we have who is a must-keep. The RFAs are another topic.

  6. Fan of Football says: Feb 23, 2010 7:20 PM

    Pickett is on the decline. He hasn’t been the same since the 2006 season. He was overshadowed by Williams in 2007, disappeared in 2008, and was overshadowed by Jinkens in 2009.

  7. milehiclown says: Feb 23, 2010 7:29 PM

    Rosenthal strikes again: “while Casey Hampton is expected to later in the week”.
    Expected to…WHAT?

  8. T. says: Feb 23, 2010 7:32 PM

    Great move for Pickett in the short-term, if you ask me. He was almost hell-bent on staying in Green Bay, and I can’t imagine he would have made more money than the $7.003 million the tag will bring him. It’s a great move for the Packers long term because, in addition to the fact there will no cap ramifications in 2010, it sets them up nicely to deal with him next off-season when he is a year older and likely to be ushered to 2nd string status behind Raji.

  9. MkePackFan says: Feb 23, 2010 7:34 PM

    FoF, maybe you’re new to the sport of football, but DT in both the 4-3 & the 3-4 are never known for any type of pass rush. They are there to take up bodies in the middle of the line & stuff the run.
    I think Pickett did better than Williams & Jenkins in the run game and is a stout middle defensive lineman.

  10. GobiasINC_1 says: Feb 23, 2010 7:53 PM

    Fan of Football, please stop posting on Packers’ stories. You obviously do not watch Packer games or understand the game. I really do not want to call you out like this, but you continue to write the most brainless crap on this site.
    One of the reason “Jinkens” overshadowed Pickett in 2009 was because Pickett was the nose-tackle in the 3-4 defensive scheme the Packers ran. He was asked to stop the run first, and open up lanes for linebackers to get to the QB.
    Please, think before you post. This is a great move for the Packers.

  11. last starfighter says: Feb 23, 2010 8:01 PM

    # Fan of Football says: February 23, 2010 7:20 PM
    Pickett is on the decline. He hasn’t been the same since the 2006 season. He was overshadowed by Williams in 2007, disappeared in 2008, and was overshadowed by Jinkens in 2009.
    ————————————————————–
    Listen, we all know you’re an anti packer troll. Pinkett is a stud and deserves the big bucks. Oh yeah, and he’s 7 years younger than Pat Williams. He is a big reason the packers had the BEST run defense last season as they allowed fewer yards per game than the QUEENS.
    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=2&statisticCategory=RUSHING&conference=ALL&role=OPP&season=2009&seasonType=REG

  12. zod says: Feb 23, 2010 8:07 PM

    They’ll get a deal done.

  13. Old School says: Feb 23, 2010 8:12 PM

    Good move by the Pack. Pickett is a very good NT and a class person.

  14. Old_Style says: Feb 23, 2010 8:17 PM

    This is great for the Packers and Raji’s growth. It’s classic TT philosophy of developing from within. The same reason they resigned Martin, and I’m sure Collins and others in time. TT gets hammered for releasing players, and again for retaining players showing potential for development.
    Sproles, anyone?

  15. JimmySmith says: Feb 23, 2010 8:26 PM

    GobiasInc,
    You give Fan of Football too much credit. He is a TT hater ever since Favre threw his hissy-fit and TT traded him to the Jets.
    FoF is now a quasi Viking fan and it hurts him to see the biggest playoff choke QB in the history of the NFL extend his choking streak another season, thank god this time it was for the Vikings.
    It is best to ignore FoF, he will never get over it even if the Packers win the Superbowl, I mean really win it, not just talk about like the Vikings fans do.

  16. purpleguy says: Feb 23, 2010 8:27 PM

    If the guy really wanted to stay in GB then why tag him? So now the Pack has a 3-4 NT getting top starting dough with Raji supposedly ready to take over the same position? That money couldn’t have been used to find an edge defensive lineman to pressure the QB and help out Jenkins? The guy had a great year, and it’s wise for the Pack to keep him, but it’s not like this was the best decision making methodology by TT since the invention of cheese curds.

  17. GBP says: Feb 23, 2010 8:54 PM

    I know Pervy or Contra is out there waiting to pounce and say how this is the dumbest thing the Packers have ever done. This is a great move – keeps the defense strong in the middle and Pickett eats up blockers allowing the play makers to do their thing. Maybe the Viking fans will somehow twist this story into how they got screwed by the refs and everyone fears the Vikings. Don’t let me down, Pervy.

  18. McLovin says: Feb 23, 2010 8:57 PM

    @last starfighter – The Pack tagged Corey Williams 2 years ago, then traded him to Cleveland for a 2nd round pick. They selected Brian Brohm with that pick.

  19. ihaveanoutkast says: Feb 23, 2010 9:07 PM

    “That money couldn’t have been used to find an edge defensive lineman to pressure the QB and help out Jenkins?”
    It’s not like there’s a cap. They can use as much money as they want.

  20. shadowGM says: Feb 23, 2010 9:22 PM

    He’s getting the money, I really don’t see them needing to even use the tag. There should be a deal done prior to Thursday. Probably just deciding how the money will be dispensed over the contract in bonuses and triggers.
    FoF, you make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

  21. Chickenfoot says: Feb 23, 2010 10:04 PM

    Not known for a pass rush from the DT spot?
    Nah Kevin williams doesn’t get 5-10 sacks a year……

  22. myasylum says: Feb 23, 2010 10:07 PM

    Teddy is on a roll now! Look out!!

  23. RayDaMayor says: Feb 23, 2010 10:27 PM

    “I wanna tag Jennifer Aniston”
    Tiger Woods

  24. shaggytoodle says: Feb 23, 2010 10:57 PM

    TT is great this proves it. He said Pickett is number the number one player we need to keep. He will do it, at what it takes. Maybe, Pickett will be willing to sign a two or three year deal. Possibly use that cap elsewhere, I am a firm believer if you are going to let someone go have someone equal or better to replace them(i.e. Brett Favre). Raji is not quite ready yet, and Packer fans know they like to rotate thier DLine alot to keep them fresh.

  25. zangy says: Feb 23, 2010 11:01 PM

    @Purpleguy
    Use the money on an edge defensive pass rusher? Green Bay runs the 3-4 defense which means that the down linemen are expected to be big bodies that take up blocker and free up the linebackers to get to the quarterback. Spending the money on retaining Pickett is a great move. He is the main cog in Green Bays #1 (which they took from the Vikings) rush defense.
    @ FanofFour
    As you well know, Green Bay played a 4-3 those first few years. You might actually know a little bit about football but you give yourself no help with moronic posts such as the one above.

  26. Pack83 says: Feb 23, 2010 11:05 PM

    Sproles would be an awesome get…not only as a RB, but in the return game as well. Brandon Jackson just isn’t cutting it.

  27. jimmySee says: Feb 23, 2010 11:11 PM

    Pickett was a TT free agent signing. He may not be flashy, but he gets the job done all the time. So-called “Fan of Football” misses the mark.

  28. Majik Bullet says: Feb 24, 2010 12:14 AM

    Yes, it’s absolutely a great move to give a guy $7 million guaranteed who plays a position you have used 2 first round picks on in the last 3 years. Makes about as much sense as having 3 fullbacks on the roster…

  29. shaggytoodle says: Feb 24, 2010 2:09 AM

    Defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Aubrayo Franklin have already been tagged, while Casey Hampton is expected to later in the week. We wonder if the agents for Franklin, Hampton, and Pickett will wait for Wilfork to set the market at the position.
    ^^^^^^^^
    That is the list of DTs that have been FRANCHISED, I know thier are a LOT of TT haters out thier, but EVERYONE of them play in a 3-4 defense. Sit there and rip the Packers, but its fact that to run the 3-4 you need one of those type of players to make the rest of the defense work. While Pickett may not be Wilfork, he is deffinetly a bigger part of the D then you believe.

  30. packers4life says: Feb 24, 2010 3:56 AM

    “Not known for a pass rush from the DT spot?
    Nah Kevin williams doesn’t get 5-10 sacks a year……”
    Moron. Kevin Williams plays in a 4-3 defense while Pickett plays in a 3-4, where the defensive line’s job is to not rush the passer but stop the run. Rushing the QB is the linebackers’ job.

  31. Ambrose says: Feb 24, 2010 8:22 AM

    Old_Style says:
    February 23, 2010 8:17 PM
    This is great for the Packers and Raji’s growth.
    __________________________________
    I agree completely. Good point about Raji. He is going to be very good in the coming years, and he needs guys like Pickett to learn from.
    By the way….Old Style is still the best…

  32. TheHydraPart6 says: Feb 24, 2010 9:16 AM

    Thats two. ted knows what he is doing. Steady teddy!

  33. Emoney says: Feb 24, 2010 9:31 AM

    So we spend a #9 overall pick on a future nose tackle and plan on spending a boatload on someone who he was supposed to replace? Though I was a fan of Pickett this year, I don’t understand where we’re going to find room for all of these guys. Our backups will be making as much money as our starters, while other starters like Collins have yet to be signed. Why in the HELL are we focusing on guys like Derrick Martin and Brandon Chillar when we have more important issues to address?
    I’ve got a headache now

  34. TheHydraPart6 says: Feb 24, 2010 9:38 AM

    Its a long offseason Emoney. Try to relax. We have Steady Teddy running the show!!! Depth is good

  35. TheHydraPart6 says: Feb 24, 2010 9:39 AM

    Green Bay loves to rotate d line man all the time to keep legs fresh. keep that in mind.

  36. Emoney says: Feb 24, 2010 10:50 AM

    I agree Hydra, but starters are more important than rotation guys. I just hope we have the money to keep some of the important guys. Collins, Spitz, Williams, and Clifton need to be resigned. I understand Collins can’t go anywhere because of the CBA, but I’d hate to see the guy become disgruntled and end up being another Mike McKenzie and wanting out.
    Colledge and Bigby can go elsewhere. Colledge can be replaced by Spitz. Bigby is too unreliable and misses more than he hits. Tausher can be replaced by Lang. Jolly won’t be going anywhere with his pending charges, so I’m not too concerned about him.

  37. TheHydraPart6 says: Feb 24, 2010 11:21 AM

    Though Id like to sign both tackles I agree that lang is ready to play right tackle at a high level in the NFL. It will be so nice to get Spitzy back next year. Williams?? Could be a game changer on special teams if he could just stay healthy. Gotta give him one more shot. Have Hawk take a pay cut or cut him. I agree on Collins. Pay the dude.

  38. Chickenfoot says: Feb 24, 2010 12:19 PM

    packers4life says:
    February 24, 2010 3:56 AM
    “Not known for a pass rush from the DT spot?
    Nah Kevin williams doesn’t get 5-10 sacks a year……”
    Moron. Kevin Williams plays in a 4-3 defense while Pickett plays in a 3-4, where the defensive line’s job is to not rush the passer but stop the run. Rushing the QB is the linebackers’ job.
    ============================
    Turd:
    Scroll up to the jackass Packer fan who said:
    —————————————
    MkePackFan says:
    February 23, 2010 7:34 PM
    FoF, maybe you’re new to the sport of football, but DT in both the 4-3 & the 3-4 are never known for any type of pass rush. They are there to take up bodies in the middle of the line & stuff the run.
    ============================
    The Williams boys are supposed to stop the run, which is why for 3 years running, they were #1 at that, still top 5…….
    Reading comprehension is a wonderful thing, you should try it sometime…..
    Or, at least read the whole thread before you comment.

  39. shaggytoodle says: Feb 24, 2010 2:45 PM

    The Packers have been under the cap by quite a bit, I am sure they have money to go around, I don’t know if they are sold on Collins yet. I am iffy, but if you dont give him an extension you do have bring in someone who is equal or better than him, I don’t see them drafting a Taylor Mays, but I am sure that Teddy has a plan. He just doesn’t want to know what kind of masterpiece he’s got planned for this off season yet.

  40. TheHydraPart6 says: Feb 24, 2010 2:59 PM

    Ted always has a long term plan that will bring not just one title to Wisconsin but several i feel. They will sign Collins I believe

  41. Chickenfoot says: Feb 24, 2010 3:03 PM

    I am sure that Teddy has a plan. He just doesn’t want to know what kind of masterpiece he’s got planned for this off season yet.
    ================================
    Umm, what?

  42. Chickenfoot says: Feb 24, 2010 4:22 PM

    Hydra:
    Please make a post with No qualies!
    6,5 nooooo 4!!!!

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