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Wells, Packers could be headed for divorce

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Packers center Scott Wells is coming off his best season at age 31 and has plenty of leverage. It sounds like he intends on using it.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel makes the convincing case Tuesday that the newly minted Pro Bowler is likely to leave Green Bay in free agency.

Wells and the Packers disagree on the value of the undersized veteran and Wells doesn’t sound happy about it. Wells wants a top-five center’s contract. McGinn also describes a player with a long memory that remembers being benched for Jason Spitz in 2009 and dangled on the trade market.

McGinn points out there will be a game of musical centers this offseason. Ten teams have their starting center headed for free agency, with Houston’s Chris Myers, New England’s Dan Koppen, and San Diego’s Nick Hardwick on the list with Wells.

The Packers and Wells’ agent will talk to face to face at the Combine. Based on McGinn’s article, it sounds unlikely a deal will be reached between the two sides anytime soon, if ever.

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  1. mavajo says: Feb 21, 2012 8:51 AM

    Well’s value may be hurt by the glut of Centers on the free agency market.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another Cullen Jenkins situation here — where the guy ends up signing a fairly modest contract, but it so butthurt over it all that he doesn’t give the Packers an opportunity to match. Sigh.

    “Just business” — whatever. Seems like people only play that tune when it benefits them.

  2. chaunce922 says: Feb 21, 2012 8:51 AM

    See ya in Oakland big guy..

  3. theslex says: Feb 21, 2012 8:59 AM

    I’m a Thompson backer through and through, but it would be a mistake to let Wells go. His communication at the line allows the offense to have the type of success it does.

  4. cmstrick says: Feb 21, 2012 9:03 AM

    Wells was benched in 2009 because Spitz was better at that point. I doubt he’s petty enough to hold a grudge like that.

    In Thompson I trust. If he thinks Wells is necessary, he’ll pay him. If not, we’ll make do with someone else.

  5. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 21, 2012 9:07 AM

    In the words of John Malkovich–

    “PAY THAT MAN HIS MONEY……”

  6. sslugnuts says: Feb 21, 2012 9:08 AM

    Come to Dallas big boy, we want you!!!!!!!

  7. jgo304 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:09 AM

    Nobody in the NFL burns bridgers like Tightwad Ted Thompson.

    He cost a legit SB repeat chance by pissing off Cullen Jenkins.

    Now he pisses off by far our best and least injured offensive lineman.

    Bad defensive drafting has made our Dline a Joke.

    And he pays AJ Hawk 30 Million dollars to do nothing but jump on top of piles after the play if over.

  8. esotericmindguy says: Feb 21, 2012 9:19 AM

    Bye Scott. TT won’t give a center 8-10 million, let some other GM do it.

  9. tom35mt says: Feb 21, 2012 9:20 AM

    Come On, Jerry Sign him

    Draft David De Castro

    Switch Tyron Smith to LT

    O-line Fixed.

    Apply the same Method to secondary

    WIN Super Bowl.

  10. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 21, 2012 9:21 AM

    I guess the idiots in Green Bay should start buying more ‘fake stock’ to try and keep this guy. Either that, or put down the sheep for a few nights…

  11. realitypolice says: Feb 21, 2012 9:27 AM

    I eagerly look forward to tracking the exciting comings and goings of all of the free agent NFL centers.

    Which guy I’ve never heard of will wind up where?

    Does other teams desperately trying to find these guys phone numbers before FA starts without knowing how to spell their last names constitute tampering?

    Which one has the best beard?

    Which one of these guys winds up with a Kardashian?

    Can’t Wait!

  12. mvp43 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:29 AM

    Didn’t see that one coming……………

    Center & left tackle are a QB’s best friends; and when you have one of the best………you keep the man happy.

  13. ppc50 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:32 AM

    Dallas needs him badly, they should never have cut Gurode last year and it bit them in the butt more than once.

  14. burgado86 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:33 AM

    Jerrah you better not miss out on this one!!!

  15. bearsblow says: Feb 21, 2012 9:38 AM

    They have jerked this guy around the last 5 yrs.
    Jason Spitz? Come on Ted. Is that guy still in the league. Wells is the best lineman you have. Lets be real!

  16. muskyhunter2542 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:41 AM

    tom35mt says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:20 AM
    Come On, Jerry Sign him

    Draft David De Castro

    Switch Tyron Smith to LT

    O-line Fixed.

    Apply the same Method to secondary

    WIN Super Bowl.

    How about get a real QB!!! Not a golfer pretending to be a QB

  17. muskyhunter2542 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:43 AM

    ppc50 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:32 AM
    Dallas needs him badly, they should never have cut Gurode last year and it bit them in the butt more than once.

    I got 2 words for you!!!!

    Marco Rivera

    He is the last O linman to leave GB for The Cowboys

  18. dchuwo says: Feb 21, 2012 9:53 AM

    I’d hate to see Wells leave, but if he is that bent out of shape for what happened in the past then the only way to keep him is pay him what he wants, top center dollars. No need to do that at this point. Wells’ problem is twofold. First, he’s good but not elite. Second, there is a lot of centers available in free agency this year. My guess is Thompson will use both of those to see what the market bears and it probably won’t bear what Wells now wants from Green Bay. Everyone gets mad at Thompson for not pushing the panic button and overpaying. He’s not going to do that.

  19. stevebozeman says: Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM

    @tom32mt
    You are exactly right. Let’s go Jerry. Make it happen!

  20. dukemarc says: Feb 21, 2012 10:01 AM

    Why do I have this feeling Wells is going to go the way of Rivera and Wahle – overvalue their worth and then go off into obscurity for another team.

  21. tatum064 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:09 AM

    chaunce922 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 8:51 AM
    See ya in Oakland big guy.

    =================

    Chris Myers would be an ideal fit.

    get this; to clear up cap space we would need to cut
    John Henderson 4 mil
    Chris Johnson 3-5 mil
    Michael Huff 4 mil
    Kamerion Wimbley 11 mil
    Aaron Curry (either re-negotiate or cut) 5 mil+
    Hiram Eugene 2.5 mil
    and Kevin Boss 2 mil

    then we’d need to restructure with Seymour to save 3-6 mil for a total savings of 41-44 mil

    then we could sign some free agents…

  22. theghostoflombardi says: Feb 21, 2012 10:12 AM

    Wells isn’t the best lineman on the Pack, but he is second best, after Sitton.

    I usually agree that paying a 31 year old center that kind of money isn’t generally worth it, but the Packers have no other option at center and other needs to address in the draft.

    The Packers are in the crappy position where a lot of guys on the team want superstar money because they won a Super Bowl and went 15-1 last season. Unfortunately, no one has the money to do that.

    TT is going to have to cut losses around the team, it’s just a matter of doing it prudently and in the right areas.

  23. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 21, 2012 10:35 AM

    this would be the dumbest move the packers could make.

  24. farvite says: Feb 21, 2012 10:35 AM

    No!!

    Leave Finley at the alter!!!

  25. lbpackfan says: Feb 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    steelerhypocrite -

    31-25

    Also…you think Wells will land on same team that Mike Wallace does? Maybe those idiots in Pittsburgh should wave their not-so terrible towels a little harder.

  26. ppc50 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:38 AM

    muskyhunter2542 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:43 AM

    ppc50 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:32 AM
    Dallas needs him badly, they should never have cut Gurode last year and it bit them in the butt more than once.

    I got 2 words for you!!!!

    Marco Rivera

    He is the last O linman to leave GB for The Cowboys

    ————————————————————-

    True Musky, but Rivera’s injury was a freak accident on a treadmill and he tried to come back too early. Are you implying the Dallas shouldn’t ever pick up any players from GB, because of the Rivera injury that happened a decade ago? A little shortsighted, don’t you think? Wells would fit a definite need.

  27. chaunce922 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:48 AM

    tatum064 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:09 AM
    Chris Myers would be an ideal fit.

    get this; to clear up cap space we would need to cut
    John Henderson 4 mil
    Chris Johnson 3-5 mil
    Michael Huff 4 mil
    Kamerion Wimbley 11 mil
    Aaron Curry (either re-negotiate or cut) 5 mil+
    Hiram Eugene 2.5 mil
    and Kevin Boss 2 mil

    then we’d need to restructure with Seymour to save 3-6 mil for a total savings of 41-44 mil

    then we could sign some free agents…
    ___________________________________

    Yea and i honestly see us getting rid of most of them. The only one i could imagine them keeping is Wimbley. We got big young athletic tightends so Boss is expendable and we should probably do something with tommy kelly too. I wish we had the money too keep huff though.

    Any offensive line help is needed though. The left side is sure’d up we just need the rest of it locked down. Wells would be a nice fit when it comes to scheme and ability.

  28. greenbay4ever says: Feb 21, 2012 10:48 AM

    HEY steelerhypocrite,

    Who won Super Bowl 45? Thanks, instead of worrying about the Packers and making stupid comments you should worry about what Ben the sexual predator is doing right now. Most likely working on another case.

  29. firethorn1001 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:52 AM

    ‘He cost a legit SB repeat chance by pissing off Cullen Jenkins.’

    He didn’t piss off Jenkins. He put his faith that Neal would replace Jenkins and he didn’t. GMs do that, they try to replace old with new. Sometimes it works out (Rodgers/Favre) sometimes not (Jenkins/Neal)

  30. raiderstotheship says: Feb 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    Tatum065

    If you follow the raiders even somewhat closely you would know were in talks to cut all of richard seymours 7.5 mil salary this season and just give him his bonus. Kelly, huff, curry, chris johnson, and a couple other including palmer are going to be asked to reduce their salary and if not they will likely be cut. As for wimbley he has a 50 50 chance being with us since he wont take less. We are going to be going after plenty of FAs but most likely starting at corner with someone like tracey porter

  31. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 21, 2012 11:27 AM

    I thought it was such an honor to play for the Packers, every player pays them to be on the team?

  32. thejuddstir says: Feb 21, 2012 11:38 AM

    If you want to “try” and follow the logic of Packer posters then it is imperative that you understand the cult-like mentality of their fans and how Ted Thompson is their “spiritual leader (think Jim Jones)” As any educated person knows, denominational church and cult leaders demand absolute obedience of their “followers.” If TT has a player on the roster then named player is eligible for the “Packer Hall of Fame” (guys like Mark “the molester” Chamura). If named player questions Ted’s directives, then he becomes an outcast and isn’t even considered NFL worthy and is lower than a “snake’s belly” (just ask one soon to be NFL HOF QB named B. Favre). I suspect most players would prefer NFL HOF status over TT/GB HOF status. Just as James Jones had his followers drink the “kool-aid”, TT is doing it on a much grander scale.

  33. apm says: Feb 21, 2012 11:53 AM

    Peter Konz might be on the board when the Packers draft slot arrive, which would make for a great story. But he’ll probably be joining his ex-Badger teammate on Bears OL instead.

  34. bryanwenzel says: Feb 21, 2012 11:55 AM

    Here’s the path to success for next season, if you happen to be looking:

    Franchise Wells.
    Trade or cut Grant, Peprah, Wynn, Neal, Wilson, Bush and Finley.

    Go for Dline, safety (both), and oline in the draft, use FA for a top-end strong safety to replace Collins.

    Maybe pick up a 5-7th rounder RB as a project guy behind the two young guys under Starks already.

    Keeps Driver around to replace Finley’s drops, and the other TE’s are better blockers anyhow.

    Crisis averted.

  35. fmprdwg says: Feb 21, 2012 12:10 PM

    The Packers are not now a team that can repeat after their flop in the playoffs. Get real Packer fans your no better than the DL and that stinks.
    Having a good QB is fine, but with dropsy receivers one can not expect success.

  36. glac1 says: Feb 21, 2012 12:38 PM

    He is 31. It’s hard to give a long term top dollar contract to someone that age.

  37. The Prophet says: Feb 21, 2012 12:54 PM

    I’m so tired of these greedy players putting themselves before us. If Wells really cared about the team he’d take a pay cut to play for the greatest organization of all time. The prestige of the Packers is payment enough.

    The Packers is a struggling team and they clearly need to pinch every penny they can because we’ve been told we can’t compete with other major cities (even though some haters keep telling me they’ve been top 10 in revenue for like two decades.) Our Packers are in so much trouble they have to sell pieces of paper and I am glad to fork over my $300 to pay for it. Who cares if I don’t have a job and my kids are starving. If the Packers say they are struggling, then I believe them. I put the team first and so should Wells and Driver!

  38. Little Earthquake says: Feb 21, 2012 12:58 PM

    Cullen Jenkins was not worth the money the Eagles paid him and would not have made a big difference for the Packers in 2011. People need to realize and get over that. He wasn’t a difference maker – he’s just another body. I’m surprised people are still bringing him up – he really made a huge difference in Philly, didn’t he?

    As for Wells, I’m going to trust TT, the GM who brought home a Lombardi trophy by not overpaying veterans just because they made the Pro Bowl one year. Yeah, Thompson’s made a few mistakes, but everyone does. Youth and development over free agent bonanza money is the way to go (most of the time).

  39. stavreafavre says: Feb 21, 2012 4:09 PM

    Packers could let him go and hope they can draft the C from Wisconsin or get by with someone else, but as has been pointed out their draft should be all about defense. So I hope they find a way to keep Wells.
    Juddstir, if you’re going to camp out on Packer stories please “try” to somehow acquire at least a little knowledge of the subject matter. As any educated person knows, Mark Chmura (note spelling) was gone long before Thompson arrived. Since the Packers traded Favre to the Jets, apparantly both parties felt that he was NFL worthy. I’ll admit I don’t know much about Kool-Aid, but from your comments it appears that you are drinking a lot of something much stronger than that.

  40. axespray says: Feb 21, 2012 4:38 PM

    thejuddstir says:Feb 21, 2012 11:38 AM
    “If you want to “try” and follow the logic of Packer posters then it is imperative that you understand the cult-like mentality of their fans and how Ted Thompson is their “spiritual leader (think Jim Jones)” As any educated person knows, denominational church and cult leaders demand absolute obedience of their “followers.” If TT has a player on the roster then named player is eligible for the “Packer Hall of Fame” (guys like Mark “the molester” Chamura). If named player questions Ted’s directives, then he becomes an outcast and isn’t even considered NFL worthy and is lower than a “snake’s belly” (just ask one soon to be NFL HOF QB named B. Favre). I suspect most players would prefer NFL HOF status over TT/GB HOF status. Just as James Jones had his followers drink the “kool-aid”, TT is doing it on a much grander scale.”

    someone mad enough to type all that drivel… smh

  41. teal379 says: Feb 21, 2012 6:56 PM

    Packers draft @ 28.

    There isn’t going to be a pass rusher available at that spot that ISN’T a reach at that spot.

    Konz might very well be available and that’s where he should be taken. Take Konz.

    So you let go of Wells, you get Konz who is bigger and 10 years younger. Also cheaper than what Wells will want. You now have a great young line that will be together a long time. Sherrod(Newhouse?), Sitton, Konz, Lang, Bulaga – all young guys who will be together the next 8-10 years. You’re set. Frees up money as well if Ted wants to go after a FA pass rush.

    I’m okay with letting him go. He is a bit undersized and GB going wide like they do allows him to flourish at his size. If he goes to a heavy run team, he’s gonna struggle.

    I’m even okay with a sign and trade of Finely for that pass rush. 15-1 with him got us nothing, I’d much rather go 12-4 and win a SB or 2 because we have a more complete team.

  42. skolvikesskol says: Feb 21, 2012 8:30 PM

    So looking forward to the packer way being exposed just like pats, the tuna and the 9ers. Ita not about a way, method, coaching, organization, xs or os… It anout the billy and the joes… Sign him or upgrade… Its really ur only 2 choices. The vikes shld sign him, bilk him for 411 on the pack and when he no longer serves his purpose send him to seattle… They love our b squad send offs.

  43. killface4prez says: Feb 29, 2012 3:52 PM

    jgo304, you have been unfairly thumbed down by many readers. I think it’s because of the “Tightwad Ted” comment. Everything you pointed out is spot on. Hawk was a particularly disastrous signing. I think Ted wound up bidding against himself on that one.

    Did he honestly believe Hawks’ agent that people were beating the doors down to sign AJ? Even if that were true, fine, let them. We let the wrong LB go. Nick Barnett was, is, and always will be a better player, I don’t care how much older he is.

  44. killface4prez says: Feb 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    skolvikesskol: “The vikes shld sign him, bilk him for 411 on the pack and when he no longer serves his purpose send him to seattle… They love our b squad send offs”
    —————————————————

    Vikings B squad sendoffs? That’s kind of already a B squad. That would really be the C squad at that point.

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