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NFC North 2017 Moves To Make | Ticket King Green Bay

NFC North 2017 Trades
In our first “Around The NFC North” off season update, we take a look at some off season questions for each team, beginning with the Packers.

The Packers already answered two questions with the releases of Sam Shields and James Starks. The offensive line will be one of the many parts of the team to focus on. Here are the rest of the notable questions they have to answer.

Who will play running back next season? Eddie Lacy's time in Green Bay might very well appear to be over. He has had plenty of chances to keep his weight down, and he has yet to prove himself. It’s time for the Packers to move on. Ty Montgomery is going to move to running back full time next season, and that's a start. Christine Michael is should be re-signed as well. Still, they will need one more running back, and that will probably come via the draft. Several boards have them taking Christian McCaffery in round one, but that is unlikely. Instead, that running back will come out of the later rounds.

The Packers biggest off season need by a large margin, is the cornerback position. They will need two of them. One of them will come via the free agent market, although I expect that Thompson will focus on players cut from other teams, instead of throwing stupid money at free agents and possibly giving up a compensatory draft choice in the future. Perhaps the recently cut Leodis McElvin would fit in Green Bay. Still, even with a signing, their top draft priority should be cornerback.

Should T.J. Lang stay in Green Bay? The Packers have one of the best offensive lines in the league, and T.J. Lang is coming off of his first Pro Bowl. However, he is 30, and injuries will become a concern.

Adrian Peterson: The Vikings are stalling on Adrian Peterson. The whole world agrees they need to move on from Peterson because they are better off without him. Perhaps the Vikings are stalling on Peterson because they are making one last ditch effort to get him to take the pay cut they want him to take. They have nine days to make a decision.

Will Teddy Bridgewater be ready for week one: The Vikings traded for Sam Bradford before the start of the season last year following Teddy Bridgewater's ACL injury. Now, they have two quarterbacks. It is likely that neither one will get moved, but if Teddy Bridgewater is ready to go, he will start. Thing is, I don't see how that is plausible.

Should Sharrif Floyd remain a Viking: Defensive Tackle Sharrif Floyd was the Vikings first round draft choice in 2013. At this point, it is safe to say he has been a borderline bust. At this point, it might be time for the Vikings to simply cut bait, and move on.

Jay Cutler: The Bears biggest off season decision is the status of long time starting quarterback Jay Cutler. The bears are expected to cut him in the next nine days, and move on. Do they have a replacement? It’s probably not going to be found in the upcoming NFL draft.

Alshon Jeffery: Yes, Alshon Jeffery is super talented. However, at this point, he is one bad drug test away from a one year suspension. He does have value on the trade market right now, and that should be the Bears course of action.

Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is coming off his best season as a pro to date. Now it is time to cash in as he is due for a contract extension. NFL contracts are 10 times more complicated than baseball contracts, so it is hard to figure out exactly what it will look like. Reports have been in the 25 million dollar a year range, which might be a little high.

Linebacker: It is safe to say the Lions had one of the worst units in the league last season. Unlike the Packers, they will go into free agency to solve this question. Expect them to sign a big name free agent, plus a high draft choice.

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