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Biggest issue with him has been health the last 2 years. He had a torn pectoral muscle and I believe and ankle injury causing him to miss most of the last 2 seasons. Prior to that, he was a pretty decent ILB according to reports. When he signed his 4 year deal, here was what was written about him per PFF:

Kirksey has elevated his play in each of his first three seasons and in 2016 he graded as tied for the 22nd best off the ball linebacker with an overall grade of 81.5.

• Kirksey has developed into a dominant force defending the run. In 2016 his run-defense grade of 84.9 ranked fourth among linebackers and his 46 run stops ranked first amongst inside linebackers(A stop is a tackle resulting in an offensive failure).

• In 2016, Kirksey was effective as a pass rusher off blitzes. His pass-rush productivity of 16.0 ranked fifth among inside linebackers with at least 40 pass rush snaps. He produced 16 pressures (two sacks, four hits, ten hurries) on 78 pass rush snaps.

 

Oren Burks, Josh Jackson. A couple of fairly high draft picks that a really hard time finding playing time under Pettine. Rashan Gary hopefully doesn't continue to fit in that category in 2020, especially if the Packers are moving on from Fackrell.

If Burks and Jackson are not in the Packers plans in 2020, then cut the dead weight and move on.    

More accurate picture of the Packers cap situation now that Graham has been released. Just for reference, in 2019 contracts for Z. Smith, P. Smith, and Amos totaled $154M, but the cap hit combined for all three was only $19.15M. Realistically it looks like this space buys us probably 1 Bulaga and maybe 2 mid-tier FA's or 2 upper-tier FA's and some lower tier vets. Could be more if guys like Lane Taylor get chopped. Clark and A. Jones are already under contract, so at worst they're going to get extensions with only some extra in signing bonus charged this year. Wouldn't expect KC to have a cap hit much beyond the $7.6M he already has. 

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They can also do some trickeration with the cap frontloading a 2 year deal for Boo-lager, but spreading it over 2 years, then next year if they want to move on, it still spreads the cap hit over 2 years...and presumably there will be more cap space in 2021.

I have also heard Duhvante Adams is willing to re-do his deal if needed to free up more cap room in the vent the Packers really want to make a run at a Hooper, Hunter Henry, Robby Anderson level FA. 

Christian Kirksey visiting the Bills today

 
 
 

At a time when most people don’t want to travel (and probably shouldn’t), Christian Kirksey is continuing his world tour.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Kirksey is visiting with the Bills today.

He’d be a solid addition to a team that already has Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano at linebacker. They lost Lorenzo Alexander to retirement, and the former Browns linebacker would be a good addition.

He’s previously been to see the Packers and the Raiders, racking up plenty of frequent flier miles in the week before free agency is supposed to start, with other teams interested in him as well.

GBFanForLife posted:

Taysom Hill could play better than Burks.

Maybe, but do you want to pay a part time QB/ILB/WR/STs guy a ton of money to do so, especially considering he's going to be 30 years old this season?

packerboi posted:

Oren Burks, Josh Jackson. A couple of fairly high draft picks that a really hard time finding playing time under Pettine. Rashan Gary hopefully doesn't continue to fit in that category in 2020, especially if the Packers are moving on from Fackrell.

If Burks and Jackson are not in the Packers plans in 2020, then cut the dead weight and move on.    

Just a thought but would it be worth it to just put Burks back at SS position like in college?  It's a bit of weird fit but it's better than nothing.