The initial buzz of free agency has died down, but there are still plenty of decisions to be made about the Green Bay Packers' roster. Let's hit on some of those in this week's edition of the mailbag. As always, you can submit questions via Twitter by using the hashtag #PackersMail.
@RobDemovsky: Lots of questions on the tight end situation, and they're certainly valid. Last year, Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers combined for 49 catches, 548 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season. That's right, I said combined. That total couldn't match what Jermichael Finley gave them in his best seasons. At this point, with five NFL seasons to his credit, it's fairly clear what Quarless is. To expect him to make the jump to a 50-catch guy would be unrealistic. But the sense is they think Rodgers can become that. How certain they are about that will dictate how high they need to address the position in the draft. But even if they're bullish on Rodgers, they still need some help at that position after giving up on Brandon Bostick.
Demovsky: How many times has Ted Thompson traded up in the first round? Exactly once, to take Clay Matthews. And in that case, he traded a second-round pick and a pair of third-round picks to get up to No. 26. Trae Waynes is a borderline top-10 pick. Let's say for argument's sake, the Packers needed to get up to No. 10 to take him. According to the trade value chart, if they gave up their first-round pick (No. 30 overall) plus their second- and third-round picks, that still wouldn't be equal value for the 10th pick in the draft. As much as Thompson values "swings at the plate" as he puts it when it comes to the draft, there is no way he would make that kind of move.
Demovsky: How about offensive tackle? Or guard? Yes, they re-signed right tackle Bryan Bulaga, but left tackle David Bakhtiari is going to be a free agent in two years, and can they really afford to pay premium money to another offensive line spot, especially considering starting guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton also have contracts that expire after the 2016 season? Maybe it's a year too early to start thinking about that, but Thompson almost always drafts an offensive lineman or two.
Demovsky: The chances are high, especially considering it looks like they have decided to move on from Matt Flynn. Thompson has probably ignored the backup quarterback position for too long. Look for that to change this year.
#PackersMail Any word on the status of Julius Peppers for 2015?— Warren Wiens (@noventix) March 17, 2015
Demovsky: All indications are the Packers will bring back Julius Peppers, even at his scheduled price of $9.5 million for this season. Coach Mike McCarthy and Thompson offered no reason to think that Peppers won't be back when the subject came up last month at the combine.