There is some interesting news floating around regarding Anthony Hargrove and the Green Bay Packers, as according to Aaron Wilson of Profootball.scout.com, Hargrove Tweeted this:
“not official but like i said green and yellow green yellow. can’t wait for my first Lambeau Leap on game day. not yet but we screaming green and yellow green and yellow go packers go.”
So apparently, Hargrove and the Packers are close to a deal or have a deal essentially completed and just need to finish a few minor details. If this report does turn out be to true, then its a great move for the Packers, who would be getting a very effective interior pass rusher, which was one of the biggest weaknesses of the defense last season.
Hargrove played last season in Seattle, registering 18 tackles, three sacks and two tackles for loss. For his career he has 19 1/2 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles. Before playing in Seattle last season, Hargrove spent two years in New Orleans and was part of the Super Bowl Championship team in 2009, when he registered a career-high five sacks.
Last season the Packers interior pass rush regressed, following the departure of defensive end Cullen Jenkins to the Philadelphia Eagles. B.J. Raji led the defensive line with three sacks but without another interior pass rush presence, Raji faced numerous double teams and was not the dominant rusher he was in 2010, when he totaled six sacks.
Therefore, Hargrove will help fill the void left by Jenkins and take some pressure and attention away from Raji, while also boosting the overall depth of the line. The Packers also re-signed former Packer Daniel Muir recently, meaning General Manager, Ted Thompson, who normally shies away from free agency, is making a concerted effort to improve the depth and production of the defensive line.
For now, there is no official deal between Hargrove and the Packers, but we will keep you updated once more information becomes available.