The Packers aren’t going to blow up their team because of one very rough loss.
They have one of the steadiest and sharpest general managers in football in Ted Thompson, and he’s clearly established that his approach works.
Thompson has shown a knack for giving up on veterans at the right time and has a few tough choices to make this offseason. We mentioned Donald Driver earlier Monday. We suspect he’s played his last game in Green Bay.
Cornerback Charles Woodson’s contract requires a decision by the Green Bay front office by the middle of April.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that Woodson is due a $4 million roster bonus within the first month of the new league year.
On the surface, it’s a no-brainer to keep Woodson. He’s a team leader, a starter, and provides a lot of intangible. Still, Woodson is due over $11 million in total pay in 2012, which is a high number for a player coming off two good-but-not great years.
We suspect Woodson will be retained because of what he means to the Packers. But it’s not necessarily a simple decision and Thompson’s track record is to skew young. It wouldn’t shock us if he considered not picking up the bonus.