Q&A: Ron Wolf on His Toughest Personnel Decision
Former Green Bay Packers general manger and Packers Hall of Famer Ron Wolf has been kind enough to tell us about some of the defining moments of his career. We’ll present the Q&A here on our blog. Be sure to check back for more Q&A.
Q: The Packers have some tough roster decisions coming up, not only with cuts, but down the road with deciding who they’ll let test free agency and who gets a contract extension. What was the toughest decision you had to make as general manager when it came to cuts or letting a player leave via free agency?
A: The one that is most prominent in my mind is (guard) Adam Timmerman. We hated to let him depart via free agency, but did not have enough cap room to keep him and we thought that we had him replaced with Marco Rivera, which we did, but it was very, very difficult to let someone with Adam’s ability depart from the Packers. I would say one of the things I am most proud of during my time with the Packers was the fact that we never let a real player get out of here either via free agency or waivers without having an adequate replacement for that position or that particular player. The only one who comes close is (punter) Craig Hentrich and he was not coming back to the Packers in any form or fashion. And I, to this day, do not know why.