Will Packers Be Aggressive in Free Agency?

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Brian Gutekunst

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.


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9 Comments on "Will Packers Be Aggressive in Free Agency?"

  1. Cheese

    The Packers were rarely active in free agency, yet they only have the ninth-least cap space in the league. What does that tell you?

  2. PF4L

    Gutekunst said. “We’d like to be as aggressive as we can be understanding there’s constraints.”

    Translation….We got no cash homie.

  3. Bobby D

    I’ll believe anything has changed since the dick sucking socially awkward dead eyed cadaver has left the building when I see it! Not counting on it!

  4. Bob

    I get this image of Gute and MM sitting at the table and one of them says,maybe the other 31 teams will regress enough that AR can carry this team to the playoffs again.

    • Kato

      I don’t think it will affect this year’s cap much if a deal gets done. They will probably backload it and shift the burden into the next few years.

  5. Kato

    They can sign a couple players in free agency, and just structure the contracts to have bigger cap hits year two. Of course, that is also setting up the team for problems down the line, kicking the bucket down the road so to speak. The saints had problems with that for years. This team has to have a real strong draft class this year or they are fucked

    • R. Duke

      Cobb, Nelson, Bulaga,Perry…two of the four have to be released–Just do it. That’s business in the NFL. Restructure matthews into 2020, he can probably play in the middle and last that long. His hamstring issues have caused him to lose the quick burst and if he doesn’t care to play inside, trade him. What is the big issue here? Rodgers will amortize into 2025 and the CAP will increase proportionately. 178-179M – 30M = 148M to cover the rest of the group. Not rocket science, get rid of the dead weight and bag an Impact Free agent CB…..

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