Packers still silent as free agent talks begin
The Green Bay Packers have always been known as the team that is afraid to dive into free agency. Most of this was thought to be on the old General Manager, Ted Thompson.
With the introduction of Brian Gutekunst, there were hopes in the Dairy State that this would lead to some more gutsy moves in free agency and the draft.
After a decent offseason last year, the Packers are in dire need of making a bigger splash in free agency this year.
They signed their franchise, Aaron Rodgers, to a huge deal going into last season. They should be looking to make the most out of it as they have wasted much of his career being a good, not great team.
When free agents and teams were able to begin talking today, this should have been the Packers opportunity to pounce on some big name players.
As the day has gone on though, these players have all been associated with different teams. There has hardly been a peep from the Packers or mention of their name.
Landon Collins ended up going for a pretty high asking price for traditional Green Bay taste as he is heading to Washington.
Tyrann Mathieu appears to be bound for Kansas City.
Trey Flowers is reportedly heading to the Detroit Lions.
Yet, the Packers continue to be practically nonexistent in these conversations.
So what is the strategy for the Packers?
The next big name that the Packers have been associated with is Justin Houston from the Kansas City Chiefs. It has been reported that the Chiefs are going to release him.
This would be a golden opportunity for the Packers to not only get an established pass rusher, but to also add some veteran presence and leadership to their locker room.
Another player that has been rumored with the Packers is Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson is a player that can be used in a variety of ways. Originally just used as a special teams player, the Patriots turned him into a rather efficient running back last year. This signing seems unlikely though as the Packers offense would not really lend itself to efficient use of Patterson.
As great as a combination of Aaron Rodgers and Le’Veon Bell would be, this is also an unlikely option.
Earl Thomas is an available option that would also help bolster Green Bay’s lackluster defense, however it is rumored that he is looking to be compensated very highly, $13 million per year. Whenever a high price tag is attached to a player, it seems to turn Green Bay away.
There is also some potential for the Packers to look at bringing in one of the most hated players in Green Bay, Anthony Barr. Many fans still claim that Barr’s hit on Rodgers two seasons ago was a dirty play and he is still hated for that fact, but there is no doubt that he would be an effective addition to their defense. Update: Barr has signed with the Jets and then pulled a DeAndre Jordan re-signing with the Vikings.
Will the Packers actually make a move before free agency starts?
One thing is for sure, if they do make a big move, we will have the information ready for you here at MFST.
Stay tuned for Packers and other NFL free agent news!
UPDATE: The Packers have been busy today (the day after this was written)
The @packers are spending BIG money on defense 👀
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 12, 2019