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Packers make it official with Anthony Hargrove

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Anthony Hargrove hinted a few days ago that he was going to sign with the Packers and the two sides have now made it official.

Hargrove tweeted the news on Thursday and the signing gives the Packers another piece that they hope can improve the pass rush from their defensive line. Hargrove has enough speed to make an impact on that front, especially as one of the team’s down linemen in nickel sets. He could also start at defensive end in the base defense as the other options on hand haven’t been difference makers to this point in their career.

“Hopefully I can be a guy that could add a bit of speed to the defensive line and add an extra dimension there,” Hargrove said to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, “I want to be an explosive playmaker and get after the passer, at the right time. When it’s time to play the run, you play run with proper technique. But I want to get after it when we convert from run to pass.”

Hargrove had three sacks for the Seahawks last season and was a major contributor to the Saints’ Super Bowl winning team in 2009. His role on that team has come under some scrutiny thanks to the bounty investigation, which led Hargrove to release a statement denying his involvement in a bounty program played a role in a late hit he gave Brett Favre during the NFC Championship Game. With penalties to players still believed to be forthcoming, it’s not known if Hargrove will get any punishment from the league office.

The Packers also had defensive end Dave Tollefson in for a visit this week as part of their quest to upgrade the defensive line.

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47 Responses to “Packers make it official with Anthony Hargrove”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 29, 2012 3:28 PM

    So much for building through the draft.

  2. sportsreporterusa says: Mar 29, 2012 3:28 PM

    Just a hunch, but I have a gut feeling that he may be named in the NFL bounty report. I can’t say why and considering his career comeback, I certainly hope not, but it is just a gut feeling.

  3. herlies says: Mar 29, 2012 3:30 PM

    Second most points scored in NFL history… now focusing on defense.

    Look out.

  4. wolfmanpackfan says: Mar 29, 2012 3:32 PM

    Ted Thompson has now signed three unrestricted free agents, and still has visits lined up with LT Demetrius Bell, and DE Dave Tollefson. Re-loading depth for another Super Bowl run, or trying to free himself up to continue drafting “best player available” without hurting the immediate team play? Either way, Packer fans should smile to see some veterans join the team.

  5. sobora says: Mar 29, 2012 3:35 PM

    Great move.

    Adresses the needs, saves draft picks, and brings in a quality player.

    Now if we can snag Tollefson…

    Go Pack.

  6. gb4mn0 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:36 PM

    It would be the happiest day of my life if Hargrove puts a season ending hit on Christine Pondexter. The noodle brained vikequeef toads would soil their pants in a fit of rage.

  7. kingofthenorth92 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:40 PM

    TWO free agent signings in less than a week!!?? What did Mark Murphy spike Ted’s drink with??

  8. mvp43 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:42 PM

    Another good Ted Thompson pick up. Of course, it doesn’t do the Pack any good if he’s suspended because of the bounty issue.

  9. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 29, 2012 3:48 PM

    Had he stayed in Seattle, he’d have played with the better system QB – Flynn.

  10. scoops1 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:51 PM

    In Ted we trust

  11. packersfn7 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:57 PM

    Uncharacteristic of Thompson, but the Pack has made some very smart moves. They’ve clearly responded to last season’s defensive needs.

  12. contra74 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    gb4mn0 says:Mar 29, 2012 3:36 PM

    It would be the happiest day of my life if Hargrove puts a season ending hit on Christine Pondexter. The noodle brained vikequeef toads would soil their pants in a fit of rage.
    ——-
    Gregg Williams, is that you?

    Even on a packer story this douche still manages to take a shot at the Vikings.

    Really? You want to wish injury upon another player? Is this what the Packer nation is all about? I know its not but right now you are giving that false perception by your moronic posts. I hope real Packer fans can call this idiot out because I know REAL packer fans would not wish injury upon another player.

  13. stavreafavre says: Mar 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    A far cry from Mario Williams, but not a bad addition.
    Thankheavenfornumberseven, it’s not the first time Thompson has signed free agents, as most fans know. Thompson builds through the draft and has done pretty well, even most Team Heidi fans would admit. When he sees a free agent that he thinks is worth the asking price, he tries to get them. The Packers need improvement on the DLine. Thompson knows he’s probably not going to find a worthy pick there at number 28. So he’s adding some pieces now to allow him to get the BPA at 28 and not reach the way the Vikings did last year (at QB.)
    Hope that helps you out, and now you can go back to worrying about a new stadium and praying that East Dakota can win 6 games in the upcoming season.

  14. mindcrime401 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    There’s a reason he’s going on his 6th team in 9 seasons…

  15. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Mar 29, 2012 4:00 PM

    It’s not hard to explain the FA signings. Ted Thompson realizes he’s not 11 rookies away from making his offensive line and defense that much better. Signing Jeff Saturday lets us stay away from our Center need and draft the best player available the first 2 rounds. Signing Hargrove just adds depth which is always key to a strong defensive line.

  16. buhbay1c says: Mar 29, 2012 4:03 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Mar 29, 2012 3:36 PM
    It would be the happiest day of my life if Hargrove puts a season ending hit on Christine Pondexter. The noodle brained vikequeef toads would soil their pants in a fit of rage.

    You do realize your own fan base thinks your a giant douche right? Happy to see someone’s livelihood taken away for a year. What if your pimp beat you so bad you couldn’t work your corner anymore. That wouldn’t bring me any joy.

  17. voodoo4409 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:04 PM

    Packers 15 mins of fame are up….AH will be a major disappointment…

  18. jimmysee says: Mar 29, 2012 4:11 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Mar 29, 2012 3:28 PM

    So much for building through the draft.

    ————————————————-

    That part’s coming too — with 12 picks in the draft.

    Plus the undrafted free agents that are scouted and signed.

    The Packers’ personnel department is at or darn near the top of the league.

  19. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 29, 2012 4:13 PM

    Just Ted Thompson’s way of saying thank you for not letting Favre win another Superbowl.

  20. Chuck Wood says: Mar 29, 2012 4:15 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 29, 2012 3:59 PM
    gb4mn0 says:Mar 29, 2012 3:36 PM

    Even on a packer story this douche still manages to take a shot at the Vikings.

    Really? You want to wish injury upon another player? Is this what the Packer nation is all about? I know its not but right now you are giving that false perception by your moronic posts. I hope real Packer fans can call this idiot out because I know REAL packer fans would not wish injury upon another player.
    ————————————————–

    Shut your hole Contra… I love how as a Queens fan you surf Packer stories, looking for those one or two off color quotes by supposed Packer fans- with the sole intent on trying to make the whole Packer Nation look bad. Well guess what d-bag? Nothing looks worse than 0-4… as in Super Bowls.

    Now. Get. Out.

  21. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:18 PM

    gb4mn0

    people like yourself who wish injury upon other humans for a FOOTBALL GAME celebrate it so they can continue living in their life of vicarious delusion.

    you’re the typical sports fan whose greatest accomplishment in life is their favorite teams superbowl victories.

  22. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 29, 2012 4:19 PM

    voodoo4409 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:04 PM

    Packers 15 mins of fame are up….AH will be a major disappointment…
    __________________
    You wish! The Packers will dominate for the next 3 years at least (not saying they will win Superbowls but they should be the 1 or 2 in the NFC playoffs). I am not even a Packer fan and I can see that. You are blind!

  23. minnesconsin says: Mar 29, 2012 4:20 PM

    Let it be known on this, the 29th day of the month of March in 2012 the year of our lord: i agree with contra for the first time ever. i’m sure it’s like this for all fans of all teams, but sometimes my “fellow” packer fans make me cringe.

    As for Hargrove — if he’s not suspended, i think he’ll help green bay out. Not going to be the lynchpin of the defense, but probably better than what they have. And as others point out, allows the team to avoid reaching for d-line help at the bottom of the first round.

  24. hodag54501 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:22 PM

    Ted signs Jeff Saturday to fill the hole at center. Signs Hargrove for the D-Line.
    12 potential draft picks.

    Thought around Wisconsin is Ted is gearing up to move a few of those picks(only among the seven the team has, obviously not the comp picks) to move up in the draft like he did with Clay Matthews.

    He’s actually signed several “above street level” free agents before, but he doesn’t explode dollars on aging veterans like some teams do.

  25. sterlingsaint says: Mar 29, 2012 4:23 PM

    Hargrove is a lightweight that gets pushed around too easily vs the run. He was not “was a major contributor to the Saints’ Super Bowl winning team in 2009.” That line is a complete joke by Alper.

    Hargrove was a sub in passing situations for the majority of his snaps. Big liability versus the run.

    Guessing that’s all he will be in Green Bay, nothing more. Just a couple years older.

  26. tropicpurple says: Mar 29, 2012 4:27 PM

    Nice! Gives the Vikings two opportunities a year for some payback.

  27. wipackman1265 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:57 PM

    Filling spots with ” experienced ” players allowing time for the 12 picks you will make in the draft to be developed ……….. sound system , and of course you must draft really well for this plan to work. I think most will agree TT does do that well.

    Bears and Lions have had great off seasons and this division will be ” Black and Blue ” once again !!

    1. Packers 12-4
    2 Bears 10-4
    3 Lions 10-4
    4 Vikings 6-10

  28. cags777 says: Mar 29, 2012 5:01 PM

    Well what do you know? More bounties on the way against the Vikings and Lions. Glad to see the Packers are continuing this tradition.

  29. bagadeez04 says: Mar 29, 2012 5:15 PM

    Man the haters are out in force today!!

    Great signing Ted…got him for cheap, he will help with the pass rush, and he can focus on best defensive player available in the draft. I like this.

  30. judsonjr says: Mar 29, 2012 5:15 PM

    voodoo4409 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:04 PM

    Packers 15 mins of fame are up….AH will be a major disappointment…
    __________________

    As a Packer fan the bar isn’t set very high for the D-Line. After Pickett and Raji, everyone else was basically a body.

    Jarius Wynn did nothing (was even cut by the Packers), Mike Neal had one good game in 2 years. Howard Green could take up space, but never did much outside of a couple big plays in the Playoffs (injured Cutler in NFCCG, caused a pick 6 in the SB). CJ Wilson is an OK backup.

  31. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 29, 2012 5:42 PM

    Hargrove’s a good situational guy-should help the Pack. Hopefully for them he won’t face a suspension.

  32. tangysizzl says: Mar 29, 2012 5:52 PM

    gb4mn0, seriously dude keep your dumbass comments to yourself.

    You Pvyharvin and thankheavenfornumber7 are the most obnoxious and immature commentors on this site. Why don’t you 3 go play in traffic or something.

    As for the Hargrove signing, its nice to see some attempt to improve the defense with FAs even though we should see a heavy dose of defense in the Draft.

  33. apm says: Mar 29, 2012 5:54 PM

    Has anybody checked to see if Thompson got replaced by an imposter? :)

  34. dempsey63 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:30 PM

    Ted Thompson realized that Scott Wells was undersized when it came to short yardage do-or-die situations.

    It wouldn’t be surprising to see him draft Wisconsin center Peter Konz in Round 1 to serve an apprenticeship under Jeff Saturday and then roll out a retooled, cohesive group of young offensive linemen in 2013.

    As for Hargrove and any suspension, Ted likely will find enough stopgaps on the waiver wire to hold down the fort until Anthony returns with fresh legs to wreak havoc upon opposing offensive linemen during the stretch run.

  35. dd393 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:48 PM

    The Packers are expressing dissatisfaction with Jarius Wynn and CJ Spiller. They haven’t developed anywhere near what the team hoped. Hargrove will be a good situational player in the rotation.

  36. djohnson11882 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:15 PM

    wipackman1265 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:57 PM

    Filling spots with ” experienced ” players allowing time for the 12 picks you will make in the draft to be developed ……….. sound system , and of course you must draft really well for this plan to work. I think most will agree TT does do that well.

    Bears and Lions have had great off seasons and this division will be ” Black and Blue ” once again !!

    1. Packers 12-4
    2 Bears 10-4
    3 Lions 10-4
    4 Vikings 6-10

    Paging Commissioner Goodell, paging Commissioner Goodell, those sneaky little devils in Detroit and Chicago are trying to get away with playing two less games then everyone else this year!!!! I say a 3 year ban from the league and loss of all future draft picks as this will give them a huge competitive advantage come playoff time!!!!!

  37. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 29, 2012 8:52 PM

    Putting the Pack at 12-4 is laughable. No way they lose four games this year.

  38. bigtimepackfan says: Mar 29, 2012 9:55 PM

    contra74 most pack fans don’t wish injury to another player. we live and breathe packer football in a positive way. its wrong for any fan to wish injury to another teams players. go pack go

  39. supersuckers3 says: Mar 29, 2012 10:47 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Mar 29, 2012 3:28 PM
    So much for building through the draft.
    ———

    The Packers are already built. Now its just finding a few key guys that fit right to prevent another season of poor defense. They patch that defense up and they are unbeatable. They almost were last year with a rotten defense. Get them from 32 to 15 and its a done deal for next year. If not then they can be exposed in a one and out playoff format.

  40. axespray says: Mar 29, 2012 11:02 PM

    get a couple vets on the cheap, load up on draft picks, pick some good players, load up on depth, have an all out competition during training camp, best ones earn their spots on our roster.

  41. packerfanfordecades says: Mar 30, 2012 1:30 AM

    Green Bay has tried to develop the defensive line with the draft but Justin Harrell and now Mike Neal have been heart-breaking disappointments … because of a cascade of injuries and now we have Mike’s suspension too.

    Shucks.

    I’m going to say that our defense would have been rated substantially higher last year if we had an uninjured Nick Collins and a productive Justin Harrell and a productive Mike Neal ready to line up each week. We’d still be undefeated if Justin or Mike had developed into Reggie White II.

    I pray for wisdom for Ted and his staff for the draft decisions ahead.

    I love my Packers and fondly look forward to seeing them in action again this autumn. Can’t wait.
    .

  42. stellarperformance says: Mar 30, 2012 6:37 AM

    contra74 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:59 PM
    Really? You want to wish injury upon another player? Is this what the Packer nation is all about? I know its not but right now you are giving that false perception by your moronic posts. I hope real Packer fans can call this idiot out because I know REAL packer fans would not wish injury upon another player.
    =================================

    All of a sudden you’re Mr. Sanctimonious? Do you have a prescription for your Jekyll and Hyde pills?

  43. contra74 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:07 AM

    stellarperformance says:Mar 30, 2012 6:37 AM

    All of a sudden you’re Mr. Sanctimonious? Do you have a prescription for your Jekyll and Hyde pills?
    ——–
    I have a lot of Packer cheering friends from when I used to live in MN and we get along quite well. All joking and ribbing aside, I respect the Packer fans and the rivalry. However, there are idiots sprinkled within that fanbase (as is with any fanbase) that draws the criticism from everyone much like gb4mn0. Why would you want to wish injury on another player? Thats just ridiculous on any level.

  44. stellarperformance says: Mar 30, 2012 11:42 AM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 30, 2012 11:07 AM
    ==================================
    stellarperformance says:Mar 30, 2012 6:37 AM
    All of a sudden you’re Mr. Sanctimonious? Do you have a prescription for your Jekyll and Hyde pills?
    =================================
    I have a lot of Packer cheering friends from when I used to live in MN and we get along quite well. All joking and ribbing aside, I respect the Packer fans and the rivalry. However, there are idiots sprinkled within that fanbase (as is with any fanbase) that draws the criticism from everyone much like gb4mn0. Why would you want to wish injury on another player? Thats just ridiculous on any level
    ==================================

    I agree with everything you are saying, and I agree that there are good fans on both sides of the fence. But there are “fans” that enjoy throwing out insults unrelated to football, or purposeful baiting that is off-topic, or name-calling that falls into the equivalent of “I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I” grade school stuff.

    Nothing wrong with humorous wordplay that gigs an opposing fan, but some of this stuff is mind-numbing it’s so anonymously stupid.

  45. brewdogg says: Mar 30, 2012 1:54 PM

    @stellar

    I agree with you, sir, that there is nothing wrong with humorous wordplay. It can be quite amusing…..when original. But there is a point in time, like after it has already been used a thousand times, that it stops being funny and starts being annoying. You can’t tell me it wouldn’t irritate you to see ‘Peckers’ in every thread…..

    As to Hargrove, I have a feeling he will get a lot more play as an OLB than as a DE. He’s not big enough or strong enough to handle the 5-tech responsibilities. he may get a few snaps on 3rd-and-longs, but playing him on the line any other time is just begging the opposing QB to check to a run straight at him. Of course, Capers is the kind of guy who would use that to his advantage….. This signing is worth it just to see how he will be used.

  46. thepvyharvin says: Mar 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    tangysizzl says:You Pvyharvin and thankheavenfornumber7 are the most obnoxious and immature commentors on this site
    ====================================
    And who the hell are you?? I’m an Icon,,,, you’re a moron.

  47. jazzytrav says: Apr 2, 2012 1:37 PM

    Contract is 1 year at veteran’s minimum. Great signing.

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