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PFW makes a case for the Pack taking a RB high in the draft

Pro Football Weekly speculates that the Packers, despite Ryan Grant being their #1 back, could look at taking a running back higher in the draft than most think:

While it appears the Packers have much more immediate needs at four other positions, offensive tackle, cornerback, strong safety and outside linebacker, in no particular order, insiders in Green Bay are not ruling out the possibility that the team might spend a high pick on a running back, if there’s one available that it really likes and Pro Football Weekly hears that there are a couple of reasons the Packers might seriously explore the RB route. The most obvious one is that, aside from featured back Ryan Grant, who ended up having a very solid 2009 season (finishing third in the NFC with a career-high 1,253 rushing yards), the team’s RB situation is currently mediocre at best, primary backup Brandon Jackson really can’t do anything well except pass-block, and unrestricted free agent Ahman Green, who is currently third on the depth chart, is clearly on his last legs.

But another compelling reason the team could make the backfield one of its bigger priorities is the contract status of Grant, who could pocket as much as $9 Million with escalators included in 2011 if he matches his ’09 rushing total next season and as solid as Grant appears to be at the moment, the consensus seems to be that a figure that hefty could be pretty hard for the Packers to stomach two seasons from now short of a contract extension or pay cut.


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