Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Chicago Bears [full archive here].
Season Recap – The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburg Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl 45 to win their fourth Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers led the 6th seeded Packers past the Eagles, Falcons, Bears, and Steelers- as the Packers became the first NFC 6th seed to win the Super Bowl. The Packers will have a big target on their back in 2011 as they attempt to repeat.
1. Outside Linebacker – Clay Matthews is one of the best pass rushers in the game, but the Packers don’t have much across from him. Green Bay will likely spend a first or second round pick on an OLB. Brooks Reed would fit perfectly across from Clay Matthews- giving the Packers a pair of long-blonde-haired pass rushers.
2. Defensive End - Cullen Jenkins is a free agent and Johnny Jolly likely wont be around due to another recent arrest. Allen Bailey could fit the scheme well in round two.
3. Offensive Line – Chad Clifton will turn 35 and will be close to retirement and Daryn Colledge is a free agent. Green Bay needs to look for Clifton’s eventual replacement and figure out what to do about Colledge. A first round lineman could be in play with the strength of the class. Stefen Wisniewski, Danny Watkins, and Derek Sherrod would all fit in well.
4. Running Back - JamesStarks played well in the postseason, but due to his injury history the Packers will want a solid backup. With John Kuhn and Brandon Jackson scheduled free agents, a third down RB would be the best option. Demarco Murray or Kendall Hunter are names to keep an eye on.
5. Wide Receiver - The Packers have a great group of receivers, but will have to begin looking to replace free agent James Jones and Donald Driver, who at age 36 may not have many years left as well. A middle round draft pick looks to be the move for Green Bay.