The Green Bay Packers were rarely aggressive during veteran free agency under former general manager Ted Thompson. In fact, most years they just ignored it altogether.
It appears things will change under new general manager Brian Gutekunst.
“They’ll certainly be some tweaks there that will be more my style,” Gutekunst said. “We’d like to be as aggressive as we can be understanding there’s constraints. We’d like to get in, make sure we’re part of every conversation and be prepared that if it’s the right fit we’ll pull the trigger.”
That would be a welcome change for most of us. The current issue is the Packers don’t have a ton of salary cap space. That number is around $16 million, which is the ninth-least cap space in the league.
They could create more, of course, by releasing or restructuring players like Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and/or Clay Matthews. They may also be able to create some space with Aaron Rodgers, depending on how they structure his deal.
The Packers likely won’t have the room to make a splashy signing, however.