PHOENIX — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson touched on a variety of topics during Monday’s NFL Owners Meetings, including a need for more bodies in the backfield.
“We need some more guys,” Thompson said in reference to adding running backs. “We’re a little short in a couple of areas. So from a personnel standpoint, we’ve got to get some more bodies, but we like the guys that we have. It’s just that we’d like to get some more.”
The departure of Eddie Lacy and the release of James Starks leaves just three running backs on roster, none of which have carried the workload a full season would entail. Ty Montgomery, who switched from wide receiver to running back last season, carried the ball 77 times for 457 yards and three touchdowns.
Reports from over the weekend indicated Thompson and the Packers were considering a meeting with former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson but that his asking price was too steep. Those reports also stated that Green Bay may address Peterson after the NFL Draft next month if their needs aren’t met. But when Thompson was asked about Peterson on Monday, he became tight-lipped.
“Let’s all together answer that question,” Thompson told a group of reporters. “We don’t talk about players that are not on our team. We never have, we never will. It doesn’t serve a purpose, I don’t think.”
Thompson and the Packers have roughly $24 million in cap space remaining for this offseason, and while he admitted it’s possible another player is added, that money might be saved for a future contract extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson isn’t known for being a big spender, and that modus operandi was confirmed with reports the team turned down a chance to meet with former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Peterson is reportedly asking teams for $8 million for the 2017 season, believed to be one of the biggest reasons he remains a free agent. Peterson is also coming off his second season in the last three years in which he’s dealt with knee issues. The Oklahoma product tore his ACL in 2014 before returning for an All-Pro 2015 campaign and subsequent meniscus tear in 2016.
Recent media reports claim the Packers would consider meeting with Peterson, but not until after they’ve had the chance to address the position in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Green Bay lacks star power in the backfield, with converted receiver Ty Montgomery appearing to be the lead running back heading into 2017. The Packers added depth this week by re-signing Christine Michael after initially acquiring him on waivers last November from the Seahawks.
The Green Bay Packers won’t have to face Adrian Peterson on Saturday.
Minnesota ruled out the former All-Pro running back with a groin injury suffered last week against Indianapolis, his first game back since undergoing knee surgery in September. If Peterson’s season is done, he will have gained 72 yards on 37 carries – a per carry average of just 1.9 yards.
Without Peterson in the lineup, the Vikings will likely have to turn to Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to move the ball on the ground against the Packers. That pair has combined for 754 yards and 7 touchdowns this season.
Peterson has been a Packers killer for much of his career. He’s rushed for more yards against Green Bay in his career than any other team, going for 1,779 yards in 17 games.