With training camp getting ready to begin in about a month, teams are putting the finishing touches on their initial rosters. Some teams are cutting guys that they feel cannot help their team, while others are signing players that will help contribute in some way.
The Green Bay Packers should go out and sign another player. It has been no secret that the Packers have struggled on defense for the past few seasons. Part of that has been because of schemes, and part of that has been because of injuries. To add even more depth, I think the Packers should go out and sign middle linebacker Pat Angerer.
In his first two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, the former Iowa Hawkeye played in all 16 games, combining for 136 tackles and two sacks. The last two seasons for Angerer have been plagued by injuries, including last year where his season ended with a knee injury.
With the Packers upgrading their secondary with the selection of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round of this year’s NFL draft and signing free agent Julius Peppers, the Packers need to continue to bolster their middle line backing core. Even though A.J. Hawk is coming off of arguably his best professional season, he still needs to prove that he can come to play every week. Add to that Brad Jones, who has only played all 16 games once in his career, and second year player Andy Mulumba who barely made the team, and the Packers are in need of a linebacker.
While Angerer was cut by the Colts, it does not mean that he is a waste of talent. Angerer is a former second round pick from a college that is known for its linebackers. While I do not expect Angerer to come in and start, I do expect him to come in and contribute if he is signed.