The Green Bay Packers have been busy this offseason keeping their own free agents, but it might be time to make a Julius Peppers type of move and the perfect candidate for that would be former Patriot Vince Wilfork.
Wilfork was recently released by New England but that doesn’t mean he can no longer play. The Pats are trying to bring him back on a cheaper deal and two other AFC teams have reportedly offered him a two-year $10 million deal.
If that’s the case, the Packers should get involved in the bidding now. Wilfork is aging and will be entering his 12th NFL season. But he was still effective as a run stuffer last season and is precisely the kind if interior presence the Packers need to shore up their run defense.
Green Bay was much better on the defensive side of the ball last season but the exception was a run defense that ranked in the bottom third of the league and completely fell apart in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game in Seattle.
That might not have happened with Wilfork plugging up the middle. Yes, the return of B.J. Raji is possible as is the return of Letroy Guion, who filled in admirably in Raji’s place.
Bringing back Raji would be a solid move but that is no sure thing. And if the Packers signed Wilfork a la Peppers it would be a solid move that wouldn’t break the bank. And it would help the Packers win now in a big way.
Wilfork is an elite run stuffer and could be exactly what Green Bay needs to improve against the run, while at the same time getting the defense that much closer to being a Super Bowl caliber unit.