Friday, May 29, 2009
The Packers should trade Kampman.
Yeah, I said it. No, I'm not crazy. His trade value would be high right now after being voted to the Pro Bowl in '06 and '07. He's nowhere near the end of his career and is not coming off of a devastating injury.
So why trade him then? He's not transitioning to the 3-4 very well, evidenced by his multiple refusals to talk to reporters. Kampman is too high priced to have him struggle, he needs to be a standout for what he's getting paid. The defense is going to struggle horribly this year anyway because of the switch to the 3-4. It won't help that good 'ol Ted didn't get around to signing any veterans with 3-4 experience. It's doubtful that Kampman was really excited about the change anyway, according the the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Kampman is a creature of habit and has never liked change. Last season he was given free reign to switch from his normal left end spot over to the right side. Kampman only did so sparingly in one late-season game."
This also might be, or may become, a money issue with Kampman. According to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article Kampman is in the last year of his contract and may not want his production to drop due to a new position at a contract year. I'd spin it the other way. I'd say why not trade him before we have to pay big bucks on the cap-less free agent market next year?
Look, I love Kampman. And I seriously doubt the Packers will trade him. Further, I really hope he's an awesome OLB in the 3-4 scheme. I just think he's getting paid a little too much for things to be this dicey, and it may be better for the team as a whole if the trade him and get a sure commodity in return.