The Green Bay Packers are ready to contend for a Super Bowl, but the only thing that continues to keep them down is a defense that give up yards and points in bunches.
During the conference championship last year in Atlanta against the Falcons, the Packers were out matched by an elite offense. They just couldn’t get pressure on the quarterback and were picked apart by Matt Ryan and that elite offense. With Aaron Rodgers on offense, you can’t waste what he has and the weapons he has, it’s time to get the defense up to par and give this offense the support they need.
One player that is out there is veteran pass rusher Elvis Dumervil. He might not be the player that he once was, but he still has a little tread on those tires.
Per Bleacher Report, edge rusher is a need for this Packers football team. They added some much-needed depth on the outside linebacker position with Vince Biegel (Wisconsin), but the team still needs edge rushers to get after the quarterback. With the departure of both Julius Peppers and Datone Jones, they find themselves thin in terms of depth behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.
Zack Kruse of Packers wire, believed that Dumervil would be a nice pickup for the Packers prior to the draft.
“Age and injuries are catching up to Dumervil,” Kruse wrote, “who has just nine sacks over his last 24 games. That said, he’s only a few years removed from a 17-sack season, and he could make sense in Green Bay as a situational rusher with a long history of producing in the 3-4 defense.”
— Packers Report (@packers_fanly) May 4, 2017
Nick Perry, Clay Matthews, Kyler Fackrell, Vince Biegel. Not the scariest group. But they'll be adquate.
— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) April 29, 2017
The Packers are not known to spend big money on free agents, that could come in handy being that Dumervil will not be demanding much from his suitors. With the Packers being contenders for a Super Bowl run, Ted Thompson and the Packers could offer the veteran edge rusher a run at a Super Bowl, along with a little spending money.
Should the Packers make a run at Dumervil, or is he completely beyond his playing days?