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Free Agency News for Green Bay Packers Fans, Day 1

Evan Dietrich-Smith

In past years, we called this the Clusterfuck Update because that’s what free agency is. A goddam clusterfuck. Don’t get us wrong, it still is. However, we’re tailoring back on what we’re going to give a shit about this year. This is free agency news as it pertains to you, Green Bay Packers fan.

Nothing else.

So for example, tackle Brandon Albert signed with the Dolphins. Who gives a shit?! The Dolphins will make the playoffs when Tom Brady’s wife stops being hot and that’s a long time from now! Also, they play in the AFC. They’re totally inconsequential! Anyway, we won’t bore you with anymore crap about teams like the Dolphins or Cleveland Browns because, let’s be honest. Their own fans don’t even care about those pile of crap teams.

Packers free agents

Center Evan Dietrich-Smith did not quickly sign with the New York Giants as some mid-level mobster who works for the Daily News predicted he would. Instead, EDS is heading down to Tampa Bay for a visit. Those shitbags have one of the worst lines in the NFL, so they’re probably going to throw a lot of money at him.

Tight end Jermichael Finley is heading to Seattle to take a physical. Finley is going to need to be cleared before he gets into any sort of contract negotiations, but it would really suck if he signed with the Seahawks. The rich get richer if that happens.

Over in Detroit, the receiver-poor (minus one, Megatron) Lions are rumored to be extremely interested in James Jones. The receiver-poor New York Jets are also showing interest. No word on any planned visits yet, though.

NFC North

Defensive end Michael Bennett was supposed to sign with the Chicago Bears. Instead, he took less money to remain with Seattle. Hahahahaha. He must want to, you know, win. So the Bears went out and signed Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston. They gave him a five-year, $35 million deal. The Packers were supposedly interested in Houston, but we have our doubts how serious that interest was.

After signing Houston, the Bears promptly axed Julius Peppers.

The Bears also filled one of their holes at safety with the Giants’ Ryan Mundy. He got a two-year deal. Mundy started nine games in 2013 and recorded 70 tackles and one pick. Impressive signing, Chicago.

The Minnesota Vikings gave New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph at five year deal for $31 million. Who is Linval Joseph? Who cares. He plays for the Vikings.

Guys the Packers were “interested” in

Yes, the Packers occasionally express interest in someone else’s free agents. That interest usually turns into nothing because the Packers refuse to pay market value for anyone originating from another team.

The Indianapolis Colts signed Baltimore defensive end Arthur Jones. He got a five-year deal worth more than $30 million. The Packers actually appeared to be sniffing around this guy for a while. Up until Tuesday, in fact. They dropped out as the price tag began to approach $7 million annually.

Although they didn’t show any interest, a couple safeties the Packers could have used are on the move. Cleveland’s T.J. Ward signed with Denver almost immediately after the signing period opened.

Meanwhile, the top prize, Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd, has signed a six-year deal with New Orleans. How the hell the Saints signed Byrd we have no idea. They had very little cap space available.

Lastly, for now, the Dallas Cowboys cut defensive end/linebacker DeMarcus Ware this morning. He has 117 career sacks. Just sayin’.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Kato March 11, 2014

    I have my doubts about how much impact Byrd would have. Your secondary is only as good as your pass rush. Even Dick Sherman would get sandblasted if qbs had a full 5 seconds to throw the ball play in and play out. Exactly why the packers needed to get either Houston or Arthur Jones. Get ready for another pitiful defense Green Bay. Unless they get lucky in the draft.

  2. icebowl March 11, 2014

    “The Dolphins will make the playoffs when Tom Brady’s wife stops being hot and that’s a long time from now”….. Good one Monty….
    Otherwise looking forward to another year of watching all the hot free agents get snatched by teams w a gm w vision…..

  3. chad March 11, 2014

    This is a joke.. whats the point of all that cap space if your not gonna attempt to sign anyone, especially on the defensive side of the ball..YOU NEED HELP GREENBAY..draft is too risky.. everyone’s making moves and were stuck in reverse cause Teds too damn cheap. Very dissapointed in the leadership in Green Bay

    1. Vijay March 11, 2014


  4. Iltarion March 11, 2014

    The Raiders had $60 M to spend and let Houston walk. The Browns had $54 M to spend and let TJ Ward walk. What does that tell you?

    So far, free agency is working the way it is supposed to work. Essentially the crap teams are the only ones signing anyone. The only signings by decent teams were to replace their own free agents that they failed to retain.

    What the Packer brass should be doing right now is working to extend Jordy Nelson.

    1. Disposable hero March 11, 2014

      And Cobb…

    2. Kato March 11, 2014

      Yeah because Jordy nelson is a pivotal piece to their super bowl puzzle. Nevermind their defense not being to hold up and make plays. Retaining your own players only does so much. Are you really making any changes to improve your team? Does offenses like Green Bay, Denver, New Orleans, really need #1 receivers to do well? The qbs for those offenses do quite a bit to help receivers look better. Ask Eric Decker, Lance Moore, Brandon Stokely. Hell, ask undrafted Jarrett Boykin. Part of it is offensive system, part of it is qb. You HAVE to have a decent defense to even stand a chance at winning anything substantial

      1. Iltarion March 11, 2014

        Yeah, Jordy Nelson IS a pivotal piece.

        Defense isn’t the reason the Packers lost to San Fran. The defense played well.

        Three out of the last 5 Super Bowl Champions had defenses ranked outside the top half of the league.

  5. Old Man At The Gym March 11, 2014

    We tendered Jamari Lattimore.

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m overstimulated. That’s it. Pack it up. 2014 free agency is a wrap. I’ve seen enough. Well done.

  6. Kato March 11, 2014

    And in other news, Jarius Byrd signed with New Orleans. That defense looks pretty legit. I would be scared to play that team too. Packers blew it again. They will never win another championship with TT as GM.

    1. Phatgzus March 12, 2014

      That’s not OTHER news, that is part of THE news from THIS article. If you had bothered to read it instead of trolling the comments section, you would know that.

  7. Iltarion March 11, 2014

    The Saints lost a decent safety in Malcolm Jenkins. So, they are merely replacing one decent safety for another.

    The TT haters are hilarious.

    Before 2010: “TT is too cheap. He doesn’t do enough in free agency. We will never win a title with him.”

    After 2010: “We will never win ANOTHER championship with TT.”

    Haha… how pathetic.

    If every time TT wins a championship you just say- “He will never win another.” EVENTUALLY you will be right. It is guaranteed.

    1. beardownpackup March 11, 2014

      AND Lance Moore… AND Jonathan Vilma… AND Jimmy Graham hates his team now… AND we beat them the last time we saw them…

      Kato, you’re delusionally lame. I mean, shouldn’t we at least wait until 12 hours have passed in free agency before making such thoughtless statements?!

      After TT fucking DOMINATES this draft, you’ll sound a bit more like a Packer fan and not a freshly “hired” Bleacher Report writer.

    2. Kato March 12, 2014

      Byrd is better than decent. He might be the best safety in the league besides earl thomas and eric berry. You have to utilize all means necessary to improve your team. That doesnt mean signing Albert Haynesworth to a 100 million dollar contract. If TT is so good, how come this team isnt making it to the divisional round year in and year out? Or the NFC Championship. You brought up the 49ers not having to pay Kaep yet. Ok, but they made the nfc championship THREE years in a row. The first two years with two different qbs. Face it. If green bay didnt have Rodgers, this team would be a humungous pile of shit. It was last year without him. What did they go without him, like 2-5-1 or something? I realize losing qb1 is detrimental to a teams success in todays league, but jesus christ if a team is truly well constructed they can at least tread water. Look at NE in 2008 when Brady got hurt, and Cassel came in. They went 10-6 and nearly made the playoffs. The same Cassel that was backing up Christian Ponder last year. I think that says it all. Imagine if rodgers tragically dies in a car accident and the packers had Flynn or Cassel at Qb. They wouldnt come within sniffing distance of the playoffs. They would MAYBE win 4 games. 5 if some luck came their way.

      1. Phatgzus March 12, 2014

        And if the Donkeys didn’t have Peyton Manning, they’d be pretty awful as well. An affinity for hypotheticals is the hallmark of one who has no logical recourse.

      2. Phatgzus March 12, 2014

        Byrd is getting as much money as Shields with more guaranteed to play a position that is not nearly as integral.

        1. Kato March 13, 2014

          They made the playoffs the year before with Tebow….Must not have that bad of a roster. And I wouldnt say safety isnt as integral as corner. Especially in a zone blitz scheme defense. If a corner has an upper third of the field and the safety is supposed to have a back half and is late getting over… wait, I think I saw that a few times last year. Or if the corner happens to lose his man which happens and the safety needs to tackle the man to prevent a big play. Wait, that happened several times last year too! Thanks for playing.

  8. Cuban March 11, 2014

    Ok, they already have one. So does that mean your satisfied with that one championship and your ok with them going one and done in the playoffs every year save for the vikings game vs joe webb, or would you rather they do something proactive to fix the defense so they can possibly win another

    1. Kato March 12, 2014

      Thank you. Iltarion’s idea of proactive is to keep all of the defensive coordinators and coaches as well as the same personnel and keep drafting young rookies year in and year out and “coach em up”. That has done wonders the past couple years. The seachickens, saints, and 49ers continue to put distance between themselves and the packers. Hell, i wouldnt be surprised to see the bears top the packers in the division this year.

      1. Phatgzus March 12, 2014

        Have you actually read any of Iltarion’s comments vis a vis the coordinator and coaching issue, or are you just straw-manning ?

  9. Cuban March 11, 2014

    Going by that logic, i wonder why the saints signed byrd with the intent of helping their defense, i mean they already have a ring, so why not just sit back and relax

  10. CB March 11, 2014

    I recently drove by some houses having garage sales. They were selling stuff they no longer felt was worth having around.
    With a rare value to be had, this was a bunch of stuff that the current owner decided was junk. Then some other people came along and overpaid for the stuff even though the washed up stuff had seen it’s better day.
    All of a sudden it dawned on me, this was just like free agency. These teams know their own guys better than anyone else does. And with rare, rare exception, they are saying that a compensatory pick is worth more to them than holding onto this player.
    OVER HALF the league has OVER 20 million in cap space. These prized free agents are NOT cap casualties. Their current teams could keep/franchise these guys if they WANTED TO!. They are over priced rummage sale items that the original owner has decided to part ways with.

    The days of poaching Reggie White, Sean Jones, Eugene Robinson, and Santana Dotson in free agency are just not reality anymore. Teams are way too good now at knowing who to retain.
    The ‘big’ signings of today’s are just the guys that these same teams don’t see the need to hold onto.

    Final example:
    Betcha somebody overpays for Raji by Thursday. All of us Packer fans will scoff at that team and giggle on what a piece of fool’s gold that team overpaid for.
    But, since Raji is still a big name because of his draft position and his one moment of fame(pick 6 against the Bears in the playoffs), the general public and the signing team will be all gaga over the big acquisition.

    This is not that complex guys.

    1. Phatgzus March 12, 2014

      Beautiful metaphor, sir.

  11. Iltarion March 11, 2014

    OMG. The Saints paid $56 M over 6 years for Byrd, including $28 M guaranteed. That is INSANE. Better hope he stays healthy, Saints.

    Cuban, no one said they were content with shit. I am all for being proactive, but I am NOT for being STUPID.

    I expect the Packers will sign some people, but overpaying guys is just stupid. And the majority of free agents signed on the 1st day are overpaid.

    So, the Bears released Julius Peppers. Let me get this straight. They are gonna replace Peppers with a guy that the Raiders didn’t want?

    1. TyKo Steamboat March 12, 2014

      I agree with you on all fronts. My only guy I wanted was Paul Soliai. Could have been a fine upgrade from Raji. Fill a need for the next 4 seasons & pay near the same $ you would have dished to Raji.

    2. Kato March 13, 2014

      A guy the raiders didnt want. The raiders are a 5 star organization in talent evaluation.

  12. Vijay March 11, 2014


    Detroit will sign Golden Tate over James Jones, as soon as tomorrow…
    Linval Joseph and/or Arthur Jones were lost opportunities for the Packers…now they should focus on signing a “good value” like Alex Carrington from the Bills http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5793/alex-carrington

    1. Tucson Packer March 12, 2014

      Id love to see Prostate in Detroit and get to smash his face in twice a year. Freakin’ Sweet

  13. Ivomitonvikingfans March 11, 2014

    Teddy won’t sign anyone who will be of use. It will be more of the dollar bin Anthony Hargrove type shit or the oh fuck panic shit like Jeff Saturday and Cedric Benson. I am sure Ted makes phone calls to people but has no idea how to actually recruit people. Let’s see, John Elway on line 1, or some sling blade sounding motherfucker on line 2. Wonder who’s call gets answered.

    1. TyKo Steamboat March 12, 2014

      HA! Teddy T would take John Elway to school…

  14. Cuban March 12, 2014

    While the bears overpayed for houston, its not as simple as their own teams didnt want them. In houstons case, mckenzie just spent the last two years getting that team out of salary cap hell, and now that he has it hes not gonna waste it on someone who does nothing to help a shitty team in the short term. Im sure if the raiders and bills etc. were closer to contending they would actually try to keep some of their own players,

  15. uncle rinkus March 12, 2014

    Hey, as much as I’d like to see a move made or two, I realize that we don’t win championships in March. I don’t always agree with T squared and his lack of free agency moves, but let the fucks who didn’t make the playoffs last year spend the funny money this year and then see how we’re throwin down in the next couple. Free agency is a crapshoot guys.

  16. Savage57 March 12, 2014

    The only thing I don’t want to see happen is that when all the FA dust settles, Teddy looks down and sees this huge pile of cash and says, “Oh shit, I have to spend 89% of this on player contracts.”

    And so to do that, now that any player with more value than a bucket of warm shit is off the market, he decides to do some more Brad Jones/Morgan Burnett-type early re-ups and locks in more of his decidedly average guys to ridiculously overpriced deals.

  17. the real russ letlow March 12, 2014

    whoa, too much angst for just one day into free agency. remember, Chuck Woodson was a 2nd week pick up.

  18. tedtomato March 12, 2014

    Would be nice to get 1 decent safety or 1 decent dl..hargrove got suspended for the first 4 games of that season anyway..but..i still dont get those 3 signings..you need help..go get it..how the hell these cap hell teams like the bears viqueers or saints can spend that kind of jack is beyond me. Im not saying spend a ton of money..but there are some holes to fill..and why not try every avenue?

  19. Pastordad March 12, 2014

    There was a writer over on Lombardi.ave blog site that stated TT’s brilliance in his lack of attack in Free Agency. He talked about how well TT’s plan of draft and develop has worked. I was wondering what team he has been looking at and how such writers can even exist. He seems to look at TT like way too many people look at Pres. Obama….no faults only a savior. Well our O- line and D- line have been mediocre at best and our backfield mostly sucks especially after getting rid of Woodson so you have to ask yourself….is this strategy really working…hell no!! Which points to someone’s lack of brilliance to be sure. Hey did I hear about a petition in GB to unseat TT?

    1. Tucson Packer March 12, 2014

      If you look at Obama as anything BUT our savior you’re just completely racist, don’t ya know? Same thing is said about people questioning TT. Well, not the race card but criticism cant just be because of his faulty track record, there must be a hidden agenda etc.

      1. Savage57 March 12, 2014

        It’s Albino discrimination, I say! Yeah, that’s what it is. Goddamn Albino’s.

    2. Shawn Neuser March 12, 2014

      Five straight playoff appearances. 3 straight NFC North titles. Yeah, the strategy isn’t working. Good thinking.

  20. Cuban March 12, 2014

    And one playoff win in the last three years, if by strategy you mean just getting in yea its working, as for the rest of us were basing it on the fact that a team that should be going deep in the playoffs is one and done every year. Not exactly the results we would like to see

    1. Pastordad March 12, 2014

      Amen to this…it is not about one and done it,is about Superbowls. We are THE team that should have a clear dynasty in place after all what is the trophy called? How well are we living up to,that heritage?