They don't have the cap space or roster space to keep every vet until they have a fully developed replacement behind them and neither does anyone else. The Packers might have been close for a few years but it is cyclical and in a few years once the salaries of Matthews and Rodgers take hold they will be in the same boat as everyone else.
Look, we finally have stability in the ownership that we haven't had since the 80's and they got their new stadium which has been a focus for the team since the 70's except the first maybe 5 years or so of the dome so hopefully they got all of that crap out of the way and can focus on building the team again.
I also have my doubts that Robinson can be converted into a nickel back and was hoping this guy Lacey that they brought in could be a solid player at this position. I think he has been struggling with injuries so haven't heard much of him yet.
I HOPE they've found an answer in Rhodes & Robinson. A very tough passing division indeed. God bless Antoine unless he plays us. Just plain wrong to let him go
"The pair appeared to struggle in coverage overall, allowing opposing quarterbacks to covert three of every five passes (21-of-35) for five touchdowns and a 127.9 average QB rating."
Vikings' Jamarca Sanford facing plenty of competition at strong safety | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities ? Minnesota Sports News & Opinion (Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Wild, Gophers) | Sportswire: Minnesota Vikings
I'm hoping Blanton or someone can step up and cover better, as well as occasionally intercept the ball. Though Sanford showed a lot of improvement last year, his play isn't good enough!
There will always be concern at a few positions. There is no way to have premier talent at every position. The key is to develop a core of premier players and surround them with role players who can play at a basic level of competence. That is all we need from the second Safety and the nickel corner.
Personally, I'm less concerned about Sanford/safety and mostly have questions at nickel and middle. Safety was our biggest weakness going into the season last year and Harrison completely changed that around. Sanford as smegma points out, came a long ways from the year before which was a nice surprise. The FO gave him a $2.5M/yr contract so I think they feel pretty confident in him and Blanton is still out there and possibly a good 3rd option. Raymond digressed greatly last year and was a real liability when he came back, but he wasn't that bad in 2011. He will have a short rope this year.
I think we have some options at nickel that may very well work out to the "basic level of competence" (Lacey, Robinson and yes even AJ), but not so sure about MLB. We are a long ways from the start of the season so I'll sit back and see how it unfolds.
87 T 2012
36 T 2011
77 T 2010
48 T 2009
67 T 2008
Heck Harrison Smith, who sucked at run coverage this year was 3rd with 80 tackles and he could defend the pass, which Whinny couldn't. Were's your love for that guy?
What you have is a bunch of yutz fans and reporters who don't have a clue what the role of a SS is and how great a role that plays in the ability of your FS to look great in pass coverage.