Five Players Green Bay Could Explore in Free Agency

The Packers have some roster holes to work on in 2020, so here are a few players Green Bay might take a look at in free agency.

It’s unlikely the Packers will be as active in free agency this offseason as they were last offseason when they added four immediate impact players in Za’Darius Smith, Adrian Amos, Preston Smith, and Billy Turner, but they do still have some cap space if they want to explore a few avenues. 

While it’s unlikely to think the Packers would go after bigger-named stars like Chris Jones or Amari Cooper, there are some players that would be intriguing options for Green Bay to consider when bolstering some of the positions that need the most work going into the 2020 season. 

Here are five players the Packers might take a look at during free agency: 

(OT) Jack Conklin

The first name on this list comes with a caveat of course, and that’s if we assume the Packers don’t choose to re-sign Bryan Bulaga as the team’s starting right tackle. As one of the best tackle options on the market at only 25-years-old, Green Bay could look to lock up a right tackle for the foreseeable future, rather than re-sign the 30-year-old Bulaga for another few seasons. 

According to Pro Football Focus, Conklin and Bulaga had incredibly similar numbers during the 2019 season. In fact, Conklin and Bulaga were tied for 35th overall in the league, both allowing four sacks on the season. 

In terms of individual player grades, the two are almost identical. Bulaga earned a 77.9 overall with 73.1 for pass blocking and 80.1 run blocking. Conklin earned a 78.0 overall with a pass blocking grade of 72.4 and a run blocking grade of 80.5.

While Conklin should cost significantly more than Bulaga given his age and the fact that he’s an ascending player in the league, the Packers may decide to lock up his youth and keep both tackles in place for the remainder of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ career. 

(WR) Robby Anderson

General Manager Brian Gutekunst indicated that the Packers considered adding an explosive offensive playmaker to the roster prior to the trade deadline, and Robby Anderson was likely one of the players Green Bay called about. A free agent this season after spending his entire career with the New York Jets, Anderson could be looking for a change of scenery in 2020. 

Anderson had 779 receiving yards on 52 receptions with five touchdowns in 2019, which would have placed him second in receiving yards for the Packers this season behind only Davante Adams (997). 

Anderson is one of the top receivers available in free agency this year, so his price would be significant. That said, even if the Packers do decide to draft a receiver early this year, Green Bay might consider bringing in a veteran weapon for Rodgers similar to the way Gutekunst brought in Marcedes Lewis and Jimmy Graham who helped rookie Jace Sternberger develop. 

(ILB) Cory Littleton

It’s no secret that Green Bay needs help defending the middle of the field, and Cory Littleton is one of the best talents available at doing just that. With Blake Martinez becoming a free agent this offseason, the Packers are likely to explore the market. Littleton has really come on strong for the Rams, tallying five interceptions, one touchdown, 22 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and 7.5 sacks over the last two seasons. For comparison’s sake, Blake Martinez has one interception, five passes defensed, one forced fumble, and eight sacks in two years. 

PFF gives Martinez an overall score of 58.7 in 2019, with Littleton earning a score of 78.9. A player like Littleton would provide an immediate boost for Green Bay’s front seven, with a run defense score of 64.7 and a coverage grade of 82.3. Martinez earned a 47.0 in run defense in 2019 with a coverage grade of 64.1. 

Littleton is another one of the more premier players at his position on the open market, so his asking price may be higher than what Green Bay is able to spend, but his speed and ability to go sideline-to-sideline in coverage make him an intriguing option for the Packers at a position that would immediately improve the defense. 

(TE) Austin Hooper

It’s unclear just yet as to what the Packers plan to do at the tight end position beyond 2019 draft pick Jace Sternberger. While Jimmy Graham is under contract for one more season, he could potentially end up a cap casualty. Marcedes Lewis is a free agent in 2020, though he’s indicated he still loves the game and hopes to continue playing. 

With uncertainty surrounding the tight end position, the Packers could explore some options in free agency to pair alongside a young Sternberger whose arrow is pointing up. Austin Hooper is a great option for that reason. Hooper has some familiarity with Head Coach Matt LaFleur already from his time in Atlanta, and he’s continuously improving each season. In 2019, Hooper had 787 yards off 75 receptions with six touchdowns. Hooper and Sternberger would make for a fantastic TE duo in Green Bay, and one that would be together for a long time with Hooper only 25-years-old and Sternberger only 23. An emphasis for Green Bay this offseason is going to be adding explosive talent on offense, and Hooper would allow the Packers to do just that. 

(DL) Michael Pierce

The Packers need a run stuffer along the defensive line, and Michael Pierce is one of the best options available at doing just that. The free agent Raven would also get to reunite with former teammate Za’Darius Smith if he found his way to Green Bay. 

Kenny Clark should see a massive payday from the Packers before the 2020 season begins, but he could use some help stopping the run on defense. With Tyler Lancaster and Dean Lowry more of rotational players and rookie Kingsley Keke still developing, Pierce might be somebody Green Bay takes a look at. 

In 2017, Pierce had a whopping 87.9 grade for run defense from PFF, with an elite score of 91.8 in 2018. While his numbers dipped in 2019 down to 70.6 against the run, he’s still a valuable option along the defensive line that won’t break the bank. 

 

Maggie Loney is a writer for Cheesehead TV and podcasts for the Pack-A-Day Podcast and Pack's What She Said. Find her on Twitter at @MaggieJLoney.

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Rak47's picture

January 31, 2020 at 06:11 am

Packers can create about another 30 million in cap space by releasing Graham and Linsley while restructuring Rodgers, They can create quite a bit more by releasing Lane Taylor and Tramon if need be. I think Linsley can easily be replaced by a younger player at about 1/5th the cost of his current salary if not less. I expect more from Tonyan and Sternberger to alleviate any loss of Graham. Littleton would be a good option for GB as a FA as Gute needs to shore up the middle of the front 7.

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NickPerry's picture

January 31, 2020 at 06:53 am

Didn't they just restructure Rodgers contract? How much more do you suppose they could save without TOTALLY screwing themselves in 2021 and 2022. They've already lowed Rodgers cap hit to $21.6 million in 2020..There's just no more room to do ANYTHING.

Hint...Rodgers salary starting AFTER 2020...

Salary for 2021 is #36.3 million with $31,5 million in dead money..
Salary for 2022 is $39.8 million with $17.2 million in dead money.
Salary for 2023 is $28.3 million with $2.8 million in dead money.

UGH!!!!!

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 31, 2020 at 07:31 am

Not in 2020 but there are ways to play this - and a potentially uncapped year coming up.

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HankScorpio's picture

February 03, 2020 at 07:45 am

The last time there was an uncapped year, weren't the Cowboys and Redskins penalized for skirting around the "spirit of the cap"?

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January 31, 2020 at 10:49 am

They obviously want Rodgers until 2021 anyways. Thier money told us so...

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Coldworld's picture

January 31, 2020 at 12:09 pm

The prior response regarding Rodgers’ contract is too pithy to need further comment.

Addressing the Center position by letting Linsley go would mean getting an approximately comparative performer unless you move our new guard?

If we move Jenkins, who takes his place? Madison is unproven, Patrick is, I think a good reserve but not a preferred starter at Guard (or Center). The last two seasons showed us what happens when your line has a weak link.

Is there a C in FA that will save us sufficient money and yet maintain performance? I’m no expert, but seems far from guaranteed. Or are you suggesting we resign Taylor, who will likely be cheaper, and have him start with Jenkins at C?

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February 01, 2020 at 12:55 am

A whole lot of unknowns for the O line. Gute's problem is he has no real long term replacements across the line. Not his fault, he and his player personal team gets to clean up the mess. ( I hope someone talks after Murphy is gone...) Even with limited cap space signing your own is priority no. 1. Outside of Bahk and Patrick, I would think everything else is on the table at that position group for Gute. From the way the Packer GM was talking, he made it clear he wants to resign Buluga as his first priority, which may be interesting giving the way he treated him right after he became GM. Not Gutes finest hour. The rest could become a jump ball depending on how the interior three graded out and how much dead money the Packers are willing to eat. On the other hand, keeping veteran line talent who can start and is under contract is a necessary with one of the older starting QB in the league. But here's the problem Gute faces. Every starting offensive lineman played with injuries that should have landed them on the IR list for the past two years. Taylor started the season with a ripped up shoulder that never fully healed. Both starting tackles were coming off from playing two straight years with serious shoulder and knee injuries and back issues that flared up throughout this season, and we still don't know the extent of the injuries Linsley play with, only that he did not have the 'push' and seemed to have problems reaching the second level. If those three are good to go, then Tuner may be expendable. For all his talent, he displayed a number of mental lapses at just the wrong time last year. Still, if I were GM, I bring them all back. Right now, there is nobody behind them worthy to start. Glad I'm not Gute....

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jannes bjornson's picture

February 03, 2020 at 03:56 am

He drafted Jackson with a two pick, so there were O line and WR positions ignored with that choice. Burks looks to be a bust. They have to make the picks count, if you want depth.

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January 31, 2020 at 01:24 pm

@Rak47. I am not convinced by Tonyan, I think he is gone after 2020 at the latest. I'd put more faith in Looney developing in his new role as TE (and that has a fairly small chance of success).

If Lewis is kept for one more year and Graham is cut, you can see the Packers need a day 3 draft pick to go with Lewis and Sternberger, either that or a veteran FA, like Hooper, Henry or Ebron.

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HankScorpio's picture

January 31, 2020 at 07:08 pm

Or Kyle Rudolph or Greg Olson when they get cut.

Cap casualties don't count against the comp pick formula and the draft is still the lifeblood of every NFL team that wants extended period of success. If someone is going to pay Martinez 10+, taking the comp pick is something they should at least consider

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Stroh's picture

January 31, 2020 at 03:36 pm

Graham is a given. He's played his last down in GB. Not a chance in hell they release Linsley. Lane Taylor is gone for sure. But those moves won't clear another 30M in cap space. About 10M... which would get them to about 40M under.

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January 31, 2020 at 05:14 pm

I said Graham was a given last year. I won't say it again until it happens.

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Turophile's picture

January 31, 2020 at 06:55 am

Thanks for the rundown Maggie.

I put Littleton's name up as an acquisition to fill that coverage-based ILB in my own mock a while back, and since then he has been flavour of the month. I think he would be a great addition. Pair him with more of a thumper ILB like Shaquille Quarterman in the 4th round of the draft and you have solidified the unit against the probable loss of Martinez. The only other ILB FA name I have heard fairly often, is Nick Kwiatkoski.

There are a number of possibilities for the DL, more than most other positions of need. Adam Butler and Jordan Phillips houldn't be that expensive, Michael Brockers costing a bit more. Someone (on another site) put Shelby Harris up as a candidate for improving Green Bay's D line and he was pretty convincing - Shelby (age 28) has played NT but he isn't a 325lb+ behemoth, he is 290, quick and has played some DE.

I'm not a great fan of FA prospects at TE and WR, even though a drafted rookie at either position would be no quick fix, probably taking until their second year (and possibly their third) to be really effective. I think we draft a WR early, to be the new no.2 prospect, which could be either an outside guy or a nippy slot receiver.

For TE I'd go with a day three draft pick. Adam Trautman is probably getting too much love for that these days, so perhaps Albert Okwuegbunam, or Colby Parkinson in round 4/5......I'd be for keeping TE Marcedes Lewis for one more year as well (though not Jimmy Graham, that $8m+ saved by letting him go a year early from the end of his contract, is just too attractive).

The loss of Graham, Martinez and Taylor (and Rodgers was also restructured) allow one high quality FA this year or a couple of lesser ones - don't expect a FA haul like the Packers had in 2019, that upcoming big deal with Kenny Clark means there won't be more than one big ticket guy.

The Packers could release more cap money by letting Linsley go a year early from his contract (freeing up $8.5m), though I don't expect that. They could also release Bulaga (maybe saving $10m by not doing a new deal) and go for his replacement ........but even though Conklin doesn't look bad, I like continuity on the line when your QB is getting on in years, maybe I'm just a bit conservative in my dotage.

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January 31, 2020 at 08:29 am

This draft is loaded with wide receivers and offensive lineman and we should be able to get good help in both these areas through the draft. That means our free agent signees need to come on the defensive side of the ball. I would add Schobert (ILB) and Hargrave (DL) to the list of possible defensive additions. The Packers need to get stronger up the middle of their defense and there are a number of reasonably priced DLs they could sign. ILB could be the tougher find since the selection seems to be limited to Littleton, Schobert and maybe Kwiatkowski.

Go Pack Go

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January 31, 2020 at 09:41 am

I agree 100%; all points, Turophile. Great post. I think on premium FA signing, specifically Littleton, or ILB with similar past performance would allow GB to then focus on offense in top of the draft, and would really solidify the D by addressing really the only remaining, glaring weakness of the defense. I agree, keep continuity by keeping Bulaga for another year, and develop RT in house, through the draft. Keep Linsley. Cohesion along that line is the first imperative for another SB run. Keep Big Dawg too. One high quality FA at ILB would be enough upgrade to make that second imperative for a SB run, a Defense in the top 6 or so.

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January 31, 2020 at 12:18 pm

Littleton is interesting but the cost maybe exorbitant. We aren’t in a position to pay a huge salary at ILB as well as elsewhere even with Graham going I fear. Clark is going to be expensive. We need WRs with experience, perhaps a TE, and one or more of a T/G/C that is ready to play and we also need not one but 3 ILBs in my book if Martinez goes (or a quality hybrid) as well as D line reinforcement.

That said, if Gute has to overpay based upon need, ILB is the most glaring spot. I just fear the knock on in terms of what else can be done.

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January 31, 2020 at 05:28 pm

Bahk, Jones and King are 2021 FA, in addition to Clark. Linsley is as well, if they keep him.

TT was not the type to give out 2nd contracts but we don't know about Gute. So Bahk might be another big money deal. Jones is a star but RBs are notoriously underpaid. King isn't likely to get a bank-buster deal. But it all adds up and must fit into a finite amount of space.

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February 01, 2020 at 11:50 am

Trautman may have pushed himself into the lower second round. I also like Sullivan from LSU. They may have to move up in the fourth to get a guy like Quarterman. Krys Barnes from UCLA also can move inside,but needs refinement. Murray does not look to fall into the #30 spot. I wouldn't waste a one pick on Queen. It seems everything is distilling to the point of making a real play for Littleton. Then pick up a couple big boys at DT with fair value. If Pettine doesn't want to seriously play the run, move on from him.

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January 31, 2020 at 06:58 am

I'd expect to be able to extend Clark and possibly sign two of these guys, assuming they release Graham and Taylor.

Any two of Littleton, Hooper or Conklin would be great. GPG

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January 31, 2020 at 07:19 am

All of those guys are going to cost pretty BIG $$$. Littleton, Anderson, Hooper, and Pierce are my favorites on that list (LOL...4 of the 5).

Littleton is probably going to cost ridiculous money. If Martinez has priced himself out at about $10 million a year as suggested then I'm afraid Littleton's deal will approach and pass C.J. Mosley's money he got from the Jets, (5 years $85 million) probably more...NO THANKS

Robby Anderson is a very interesting possibility for the Packers. He's a speed guy who can actually catch those deep passes and do EXACTLY what MLF wanted to try and do with MVS. The only thing is the money...How much for a guy not totally squeaky clean BUT has been available for 62 of a possible 64 games since he signed as a UDFA with Jets in 2016...

Hooper would be a dream come true. Pairing him with Sternberger would give the Packers a similar package the Eagle run with Ertz and Goedert. I honestly believe Sternberger is going to be REALLY good. It also would allow the Packers to draft a WR in the 2 round, even 1st if the value is too great to pass up ...Hmmm...Adams, Jones, Hooper, Sternberger, and a Top 60 pick at WR....YES PLEASE

Michael Pierce would be a damn nice signing providing he doesn't break the bank. Pierce would be a big boost to the run defense for sure and would be more affordable than the above names...Maybe...

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January 31, 2020 at 09:17 am

I like hooper as well, i just don't think ATL will let him walk though. I still think we should go in for corey Littleton, lock up kenny, and get pierce. This will allow us to focus all of our fire power in the draft on Offense. If you can squeak out robby go for it, but something tells me he will still in AFC and find more money elsewhere

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PeteK's picture

January 31, 2020 at 06:00 pm

Atlanta is near the bottom in cap space, signing Hooper is not a given.

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 31, 2020 at 07:24 am

I think Littleton is going to be too expensive for the Packers. I like Schobert over Martinez. Four interceptions in 2019, granted, against bad QBs, but nothing to sneeze at.

There are a lot of DL options, and I have nothing against behemoths. Some of them even move pretty dam well. DL in general are a lot leaner and quicker now than 20 years ago.

Jack Conklin would be a smart move. I'd be o.k. with releasing Lindsley if that is what it takes to get it done. Slide Jenkins back to his natural position and draft another guard (or you just paid Patrick, use him). You would then be pretty much set for the rest of #12s career.

I like Hooper a lot. I'm not convinced that #12 can hit the deep route in time often enough anymore to make it effective. Picking up a quality TE in FA and drafting a WR high makes more sense to me.

If you can swing these moves within the cap space (very roughly - swapping Linsley's salary for Conklin; Graham's salary for Hooper; adding a bigger # in Schobert; adding a smaller # for a DL) I think you can then go into the draft looking for WR help high and pretty much free to grab whatever else looks good throughout the rest of the draft. I think that could work.

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CAG123's picture

January 31, 2020 at 09:45 am

Packers faced bad QBs as well and Martinez came up with one pick against them. I never really understood why people act like capitalizing on mistakes by bad QBs is a negative thing because the good ones are less likely to make those.

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dobber's picture

January 31, 2020 at 10:45 am

I never fault a player for making the plays that are there to be made.

Nor do I fault a player for the not making the plays they aren't capable of.

Go find a player who CAN make the plays you need to have made.

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January 31, 2020 at 03:36 pm

I don't mind Shobert and then make a play for Danny Shelton ( a 3-4/4-3 DT) or Jarran Reed , a low pads , penetrating DT. I don't think Gutekunst eats anymore dead money and holds on to Lindsley, unless his back is an issue? Bulaga is a guy he probably lets walk and pick up a RT high in the draft. They have to pay Bhaktiari in 2021.
Draft a ILB in the third rd. Probably have to move up for one. Summers hangs around, maybe Burks for sp teams?

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Pack88's picture

January 31, 2020 at 07:24 am

I suspect Corey Littleton is a bridge too far but I would sure like to see him in GB. I had not given any thought to Jack Conklin and still believe Tenn will resign him long before FA starts but that would make getting a good inside LB in the draft more likely.

Good thing this WR class is soo good GB could (theoretically) wait until rd 2 and still get a 10 year starter. The Penn St guy (Hambler) has the deep speed and wiggle that the current collection does not. I could envision Adams, The Lizard and him being a fearsome combo by the end of the 20 season.

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January 31, 2020 at 07:50 am

With Milt Hendrickson in the front office I can see any former Ravens player as a realistic option.
Adding a player like Pierce next to Clark and along side the Smiths, would help solidify the front. Honestly for them to go out and get 1 bigger name FA I think DL might be the best option. DL is the hardest position for a rookie to come in and make a difference.

I definitely could see them going after Anderson since they tried to trade for him. But in FA he may get more $ elsewhere.

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January 31, 2020 at 07:50 am

PIERCE AND LITTLETON SOUND GOOD. And I'd still go after Billings and Jarron Reed. But Gute needs to stick to "MUST HAVE." This draft is full of good Offense. And to get it. Sign Defense. Especially the DL. Many a draft had TT going after Tackles in the 3rd. Not to mention Guards. And there will be Impact players. The more defense he signs. The more offense he gets. Offense for the future. Heck I'd even take a RB rd.1.( With Lefluer's offense and Rodgers age.) Getting weapons should be priority 1. Signing the right defensive players can make it so.

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January 31, 2020 at 07:58 am

I think Nick Kwitnikowski from the Bears might be an option plus the Bears are in cap hell already.

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January 31, 2020 at 08:21 am

Littleton and Pierce are doable and we should do the deals!

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January 31, 2020 at 08:42 am

I'll take Littleton and Pierce and draft OL and a wide receiver. Thank you.

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January 31, 2020 at 09:24 am

I don't feel comfortable with a rookie WR as our only improvement for our inconsistent offense.

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February 01, 2020 at 09:19 am

I do if he's good enough. But I agree we need a veteran as well. And a replacement for Graham. Much better TE play would have to be part of a new mix with Lewis and Jace. Especially until we can get the WR group back to where it should be.

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February 01, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Get scouts that do their job. Kittle was a guy taken in the 5th rd and started from day one. No more excuses, find the talent. 99% of the time it has been staring them right in the face ,but they follow some dead script from Ted and Wolf for their draft plan. All the pressure is on Gutedkunst to secure 4-5 real players from this draft.

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January 31, 2020 at 09:06 am

I like the ideas, but here is my take. I think Corey littleton would be our best option at fixing the ILB position. Asking a rookie to come straight in and be the voice of a defensive is a bit daunting. Release grahm and taylor because Jenkins has that guard spot on lock period. Those moves will help with the Littleton signing. Pick up pierce to help kenny and lock kenny up as well. I would bring back Big Dog to continue to mentor Sterberger and Tonyan on the art of blocking. Sternberger was the best cass patching TE coming out of his draft IMO so he will shine in that area. Finally use the first two picks on WRs. With the cap space we have, I think this would be the best use of our money. I think Littleton making it to a super bowl and losing, will help fuel him to go to an contender for a litle bit less, rather than going to a crappy team for more money.

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Tundraboy's picture

February 01, 2020 at 09:24 am

Original Post relocated to appropriate comment. (New format here is tricky if your not careful!).

Thumbs up here though. Totally, totally agree.

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January 31, 2020 at 09:10 am

"779 receiving yards on 52 receptions with five touchdowns in 2019"

I wouldn't pay top money for that production. If you expand MVSs first 7 games across the season those numbers are about the same. Did anyone think MVS was worth 10+ million after game 7 last year?

I doubt it.

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January 31, 2020 at 10:09 am

A pretty good wishlist there Maggie. Could probably only afford one of them. Which one would you put at the top of your Pack wish list?

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January 31, 2020 at 09:18 am

To me Schobert and Kwitnikowski are very similar to Martinez. Unless they sign lower contracts, why bring in someone to replace our defensive signal caller. Anderson is a head case and not worth a high guaranteed contract. Hooper is the chain mover, blocker, and red zone threat that we need. The lower salary wins between Pierce, Hargrove , and Reader. If someone is willing to guarantee more than 8-10 mill for Bulaga then our next tackle is # 30 in the draft with Veldeer as a backup/starter. If we let Graham, Allison, Tramon, and Taylor go , we save about 15 mill. Finally, an ILB can be drafted

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January 31, 2020 at 09:32 am

Allison and TWill are already off the cap (their contracts have expired), so there's no savings there.

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January 31, 2020 at 11:09 am

I don't think are next OT is at #30. There will be good Ots in rd. 3 because of the wrs, and Qbs taken first. Your to zeroed in on Jones.

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January 31, 2020 at 09:58 am

Great list Maggie. I haven't watched much of any of those so can't comment much. But I agree with others above, to sign a near-elite ILB (generally commands lower salaries than elite OTs and WRs) which is good value for money if there isn't a lot of cap space. Then that frees GB to draft Offensive in top rounds; WR and TE, and OT for development.

Sign Bulaga and Lindsley and Big Dawg Lewis to keep consistency for the SB run in 2020. That is the first pre-requisite for a SB run is to ensure Oline is in the top-6, protect Rodgers so he can work his game, and open up lanes for AJones. Having this familiarity will be a big advantage going into the year.

Any one single FA, that could boost the overall team, would be to address the last glaring weakness of the defense; ILB. Pay well, and get it solved. Its only been a problem now for about 10 years.

If there is some left over coin, then your DL guy could really cement that Defense (the second imperative for the SB run).

Drafting WR and TE speed + shiftiness in Rounds 1 and 2 should yield the best prospects for an impact rookie.

GB would have then the personnel for a SB run.

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January 31, 2020 at 10:01 am

Maggie....awesome options. i feel the biggest needs on this team are on defense. i know a WR or 2 are critical but there is an abundance of talent there in the draft so why dip into a WR FA pool? i would go defense in FA. i don't think anyone selected in the draft would make an impact on a leaky run defense ...so i like the idea of Littleton and Pierce in FA. Solidify the middle of the Packer defense and then concentrate on offense in the draft. Go get your WR, TE, RB, OL in the draft.

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Sol's picture

January 31, 2020 at 10:40 am

In Brian G. we trust.

I am sure what ever the management team does will not put us in salary cap difficulty like our rivals to the south are experiencing and the team as a whole will be stronger on both offence and defense next year. Pro football is a very demanding game and injuries play a major part of your success every year. I really like the focus lately that the team has put on picking free agents that have a good track record of availability. Getting great players is a strategy that must be planed sometimes years ahead. Every position has it's demands and expediency of how long a body will hold up playing that position and what ever move they make will probably be someone that can come in and play that position for at least three years and come from a team that has a pedigree for the respective positions.

I am sure of one thing and that is who ever the Packers select in the upcoming draft or free agency they will be able to do at least one thing and that is they will all be capable of carrying the G period. I just don't see them hurting the team chemistry by selecting another teams problem child.

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Dragon5's picture

January 31, 2020 at 11:05 am

I researched PFF's top 100 FAs and applied astro perspective given we just entered a RAT year (avoid all players born in a HORSE year as RAT & HORSE are enemy signs)...my top 5

1. WR Danny Amendola (PFF rank: 65, OX, LP9)
Still has it, graded well, inexpensive stopgap, ARod will trust him.
2. WR AJ Green (PFF rank: 6, DRAGON, LP1)
Too expensive? Chronic health risk, but supposedly healthy, proven vet immediately fills WR2.
3. DL Michael Pierce (PFF rank: 35, MONKEY, LP11)
Glad I've now seen 2 articles suggesting him.
4a. OG/C Graham Glasgow (PFF rank: 69, MONKEY, LP11)
Better, younger, versatile Linsley. I'm for paying Glasgow, let Linsley walk. I have strong concerns about our OL next year, particularly Bakhtiari, Linsley, and Turner, all GOATs for which 2020 outlook is quite poor. Only HORSE outlook is worse.
4b. RT Bryan Bulaga (PFF rank 56, SNAKE, LP33)
I'd prefer youth movement with Conklin (PFF rank: 12, DOG, 9LP) or DJ Humphries (PFF rank: 45, ROOSTER, 8LP), but they'll probably break the bank. Bulaga looks tired but I think we'll need him; we've seen a patchwork OL before...2020 may be same. If one of these three aren't signed, high odds Rd1#30 is a RT.
5. DL Mike Daniels (PFF rank: 37, SNAKE, LP1) I suggested NOT to resign him last year as he was going into his enemy year (PIG). Not surprised he got hurt / underperformed for the Lions = bust. Same can be said for other SNAKE QBs Brady, Newton, Rivers. Now we have a shot to re-sign Daniels on a short-term deal at a steep discount to shore up the DL.

AVOID HORSES:
EDGE QUINN, ROBERT
LB TREVATHAN, DANNY
WR COBB, RANDALL
S MCLEOD, RODNEY
S WILSON, TAVON
DL BROCKERS, MICHAEL
DL WOLFE, DEREK
CB RYAN, LOGAN

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Demon's picture

January 31, 2020 at 03:39 pm

Hows the hunt for bigfoot going Dash

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January 31, 2020 at 05:55 pm

Demon, good to hear from you again! But sorry, you have the wrong person. Please carry on, but before you do, please let me know when you make top priority reco's well before Gute's actions become public. These were my best last March / April.
--FA signings...#1 Z'Smith #2 Amos
--Foster Moreau (Gronk-like) in the 4th was who PFF's highest graded rookie TE

But I digress, to you, and a few others here in the past who chOOse to be rude, all I know is nothing.

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January 31, 2020 at 05:42 pm

That reminds me. The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh doesn't get enough love as a sports movies.

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January 31, 2020 at 11:26 am

Even as great as the additions of the Smith Bros were last year, they weren't in the TOP TEN lists of FAs. They weren't the huge marquee names that we had to outbid a bunch of teams for. They were smart, savvy additions.

Anderson, and Littleton for sure will be priced out of our price-range, and philosophy, so stop that dream now.
And the Falcons TE is going to get overpaid too.

Pierce is a good one who will fit. Add him.
Add Breshaud Perriman who will cost less than Anderson, but he's more talented, also still young. He had 4 TDs and over 100-yards each game in the last 3 weeks of the year for Tampa Bay, but they can't afford to pay him what we should offer him when they have Chris Godwin to pay, plus Mike Evans.

I don't know how to solve the ILB hole, and it sucks that we wasted a 3rd round pick on a guy A) that nobody here wanted B) that no mocks had going higher than round 5 or 6, C) who still hasn't done a damn thing now entering year-3.
Orren Burks.

It kind of stinks that we never had to throw him and Ty Summers out there much this year, to see how they'd do.
I like Blake and there's a reason he's going to get $12m/year or more. He's solid, above average, but he's not great.
Kendricks, Kuechly, and Bobby Wagner get destroyed by the 49ers too btw.

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January 31, 2020 at 01:40 pm

@Sterling Sharpe "Anderson, and Littleton for sure will be priced out of our price-range, and philosophy, so stop that dream now. And the Falcons TE is going to get overpaid too."

The Packers have enough to afford ONE big ticket guy ($15m or so) if Graham & Taylor are released. That is one new guy and Clark gets his big new deal.

You could also generate more money by releasing T.Williams (maybe $4m) and even more with Linsley ($8.5m). With Elgton ready to step in at Center, you'd then need a guard to start in his place, which could be Patrick until a mid round pick (maybe a 5th) is taken for the future there.

It isn't a comfortable amount of cap space if a big fa signing is made (as well as Clark's contract), but it IS doable.

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Renllaw's picture

January 31, 2020 at 05:24 pm

Jenkins was SO good at guard I dont want to see him move to center. I think Patrick played well the game after he got his extension when Linsley went down. I wouldn't love it, but I think they could go with him at center and leave Jenkins at guard. And maybe spend a mid/late round pick on a center.

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CoachDino's picture

January 31, 2020 at 03:56 pm

i wish I would of read yours before posting... Couldn't agree more

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cheesehead1's picture

January 31, 2020 at 11:49 am

Littleton if possible. How likely is it we get a stud [email protected]? Fix the ILB position once and for all.

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dobber's picture

January 31, 2020 at 01:38 pm

I think that since the Packers are seemingly committed to ride the ARod window, they need to draft players who can play right away (or at positions where the on-the-job learning curve is manageable) and sign players at positions where they have needs that require time to mature. That might not work toward the strengths of this year's draft....especially WR. But OL often can step in and play immediately...as can ILBs.

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CoachDino's picture

January 31, 2020 at 03:50 pm

Ok, we just named the best players at each position that there is a near zero percent chance of getting. Please take the cap into consideration. Conklin is looking at 6 year 90m contract. littleton is 16Mil a year - cut all the guys you want going from 800K to 16 mil at IKLB is going to decimate the cap - I would love to sign him, three down, side-line to side line linebacker. Take 1 guess what his weakness is - yep shedding blocks, same as Martinez. Near impossible to find ones that can do it all. Draft best Player available, fill gaps with mid line free agents. This isn't fantasy football...lol The roster has to have a low dollar position for every high dollar position. That's why draft picks are so valuable. They allow you to pay your veteran stars. Spriggs, Montavious & Burks are all guys that were supposed to be coming in behind the players leaving for big contracts. There's a couple run first NT 3-4 ends available that will help the team and be cap friendly. WR,DL and OT is pretty deep in the draft. But please don't reach for need. Stay true to the board (within reason)

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Swisch's picture

January 31, 2020 at 03:59 pm

IDEAS FOR BUILDING UP THE ROSTER FOR THE PACKERS
(1) When in doubt, bulk up the offensive and defensive lines. Have at least one inside linebacker who is strong against the run up the middle. The Packers need to stop being pushed around.
(2) Be careful of injury-prone players, especially if they're older. So I'm wary of counting on Bulaga, although according to (1) we need to have a comparable replacement.
(3) When possible, keep the proven guys we already have for team continuity and cohesion, especially if they're not injury-prone and are affordable. Especially Mason Crosby. Also, Marcedes Lewis and Tramon Williams seem like durable guys we should try hard to re-sign. This principle would also argue for keeping Bulaga, but he may be too brittle and too expensive (sad to say).
(4) Have at least one tight end or slot receiver who can consistently work the middle of the field and move the chains. If no one on the current roster is ready to really produce in this role this season (e.g. Sternberger or Darrius Shepherd) , we may want to go free agent rather than waiting for a draft pick to develop. I really like Lazard, and am hopeful about MVS and ESB, but they may not be middle-of-the-field guys like a Travis Kelce or Cole Beasley. We need someone like that (as close as possible) right away.
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So hard to juggle players and positions and salaries, but it makes for a fascinating challenge and fun discussion.

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January 31, 2020 at 05:56 pm

Lewis and Graham GONE...TOO OLD..Time to move on and get A. Hooper or H. Henry

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January 31, 2020 at 05:58 pm

Robby Anderson WR and a 1st round pick WR

Need defense tackle FA
and draft a 2nd round pick OL or LB

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cms's picture

February 01, 2020 at 08:15 pm

Thinking of the free agents over the next two years, I would re-sign Bulaga at 3/30M with the ability to get out after two years. Then re-sign Kenny for whatever is required. If this could be done before the FA period begins that would be best. I would expect salaries to make a sharp increase coming into the new CBA so acting sooner rather than later could save a bunch. Next, I like the idea I read from "Thegreatreynoldo:" that is extending Baht this off season. This could free up 4-5M in cap space and again, avoiding the inflated salaries next off season.
With the remaining space I would look at both ILB and DL. I agree the draft focus should be on the offense.

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