Bonus Podcast!!! Packers Sign Christian Kirksey & Rick Wagner!

Breaking news! The Packers have signed LB Christian Kirksey and OT Rick Wagner. Andrew Mertig and Dan Kotnik are here to break everything down!

Breaking news! The Packers have signed LB Christian Kirksey and OT Rick Wagner. Andrew Mertig and Dan Kotnik are here to break everything down!

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Lphill's picture

March 16, 2020 at 01:02 pm

Big mistake not getting Kwitnikowski

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JerseyAl's picture

March 16, 2020 at 02:45 pm

As if they can (and should) just get whoever they want with a snap of the finger.

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Bear's picture

March 16, 2020 at 03:56 pm

LB Nick Kwiatkoski, Chicago (26). Last season, due to injuries to Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan, Kwiatkoski started a career-high eight games. He put up career-best numbers across the board with 76 tackles, three sacks, eight tackles for losses, four passes defensed and one interception. Even with Martinez starting 16 games and playing exactly twice as many snaps (1,024 to 512), Kwiatkoski had more passes defensed (4 to 2) and tackles for losses (8 to 5) and had matching totals in sacks, interceptions and forced fumbles (one). His missed-tackle rate of 8.5 percent would have ranked 12th had he been one of the 31 linebackers who recorded at least 100 tackles, according to Sports Info Solutions. Of 70 off-the-ball linebackers who played at last 185 run-defending snaps, Kwiatkoski ranked 30th in PFF’s run-stop percentage. “Same deal as Martinez,” the scout said. “He’s a notch below Campbell. He’s a lot closer to (B.J.) Goodson than Campbell. Like Schobert, someone is going to pay him and regret it.”

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dobber's picture

March 16, 2020 at 05:25 pm

The Bears opted to go with 30-year-old Danny Trevathan and his injury issues on a 3 year extension rather than keeping the 26-year-old Kwiatkoski. The money ended up not being too different (extension vs. Raiders contract) for either.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 17, 2020 at 01:14 am

I assume it was more scheme preference. The Bears have Roquan Smith to handle coverage responsibilities (of course teams will try to isolate receivers on the other ILB). Still, perhaps Chicago felt Trevathan was a little stouter and a better complement to Smith than Kwiatkoski.

Money looks very similar, unless the structure turns out to be very team friendly for one of the players.

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ShooterMcGee's picture

March 16, 2020 at 06:35 pm

I don't think this precludes them from still signing Kiwatkowski, unless another team already has and I missed it. I like both these signings since they were street free agents and will not count against us losing Bulaga, Martinez, and Fackrell. We might get a few good comp picks for 2021. Gutey has to think long term as well as next season.

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ShawnO's picture

March 16, 2020 at 02:56 pm

So far they have gotten overall worse on talent and more injury prone....I can live with the gamble at ILB since he might be a better talent but taking a significant step back at Right Tackle.... Good luck AR. The decision to get both Smiths and then draft Gary looks worse now that we are replacing one of the best Right Tackles with a guy that was straight up released for a few mil in cap space coming off his worst season as a pro.

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Lphill's picture

March 16, 2020 at 03:53 pm

Wasted needed money.

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Wilment's picture

March 16, 2020 at 05:59 pm

This is just the start. Packers will draft a tackle in the draft. They will address ILB there as well. In Gute we trust.......

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Spanky65's picture

March 16, 2020 at 09:34 pm

What difference does it make who you bring in to play
ILB as long as Lancaster and Lowry are playing on the
D-Line this Defense will get run over just like the 49ers
did and exposed these two guys in the NFC Title Game.

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