Sep. 23, 2016
Three Brief Thoughts
1) NO, NOT WORTH IT
Look at the cover photo, then look at the Packers potential interest in him IF he gets cut. I don't think he is worth it, and here is why. He is much older than Eddie Lacy, and just as injury prone now. Eddie Lacy has everything to prove next season including deserving a "real" payday, Peterson just has yet to prove he is not washed up (Peterson made his money, and with the way pro sports works, money is the main motivation). Adrian Peterson will cost more than Eddie Lacy.
Now, this isn't just a straight up Lacy-Peterson comparison. Although I think Lacy is the better option, there are even better options available on the open market and in the draft if Ted Thompson takes that route. I like Mike Gillislee and Terrance West to balance out Ty Montgomery in the backfield and allow the Packers to maintain financial flexibility to sign defensive players (although Thompson hates the free agent market). I just think there are better ways to spend our money and our time, as Wisconsin taxpayers, than trying to get revenge on the Vikings for signing ex-Packers who did NOTHING to help them win the NFC North in 5 of the last 6 seasons, or win a playoff game. It would be nice to see Peterson in a Packers uniform in US Bank Stadium holding the Lombardi trophy after Super Bowl 52, but a lot of other things need to be taken care of first. In other words, it's not worth it at this point to bring in superstars at positions that we don't desperately need.
2) AND MY (HALF-SEASON) MVP IS...
G James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Yeah, LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to where (or maybe worse) than where we thought they would be. The Warriors have too many All-Stars to warrant a potential MVP. The Spurs would be successful if they were filled with rookies. Isaiah Thomas is outstanding, and I think he can earn his way there, but he doesn't do enough all around. Russell Westbrook is obtaining a lot of triple doubles, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder in most categories, and playing out of his mind. But so is DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings on many nights. In other words, Oklahoma City is far off from being in contention, and MVP's usually go to true title contenders.
That's why I have James Harden as my MVP. First of all, Houston is much, much better than expected record-wise during this season. That allows him to have an edge as well, due to his team's overall record. Harden also is essentially a "lone star" in Houston, and he is getting a ton of triple doubles this season, including two 50 point triple doubles this season. I just think that Harden is having a season just as strong as Westbrook, but since he doesn't have a storyline this season with the caliber of Westbrook's, a lot of people are paying more attention to Westbrook. Don't sleep on Harden.
3) THE THREE MOST LIKELY TRADED BREWERS (THAT ARE NOT RYAN BRAUN)
-SP Junior Guerra, RP Neftali Feliz, OF Keon Broxton
Neftali Feliz should be the most obvious of the three listed, he is a veteran brought in on a short-term deal, and is expected to become the closer of this franchise. Even if he posts decent closer numbers, he is going to be a trade option as he is not a long term option for the Brewers. As for Guerra and Broxton, both have six years left of team control, and since both have shown their abilities last season and performed well above expectations, teams that notice this will try to pry them away for the Brewers. They are also high on the list due to the large amount of minor league and prospect options waiting to take the place of these players, and since the Brewers are still in rebuilding mode and have holes to fill in the majors and minors, they will likely trade at least one of these players to help other areas.