9:56 AM EDT, Fri March 22, 2019
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Friday Curds: Packers had to outbid other teams to land their free agent haul

Friday Curds: Packers had to outbid other teams to land their free agent haul

Green Bay went head-to-head with a couple other franchises — one of whom has a highly-respected young GM — to get their preferred pass-rushers in free agency. Over the years, one constant for the Green Bay Packers was an unwillingness to budge on the value of a free agent. The Packers would seemingly set a number and stick to it; if the player’s price went over that threshold, the negotiations were over. This year, however, the Packers apparently were a little bit more flexible about that rule than in years past. The details of how Adrian Amos and Billy Turner landed in Green Bay are...
17 hours ago
Two Ohio State receivers project as day-two Packers draft targets

Two Ohio State receivers project as day-two Packers draft targets

Either Terry McLaurin or Parris Campbell would fit the Packers nicely in round two or three. Under Ted Thompson, the Green Bay Packers loved drafting wide receivers on day two of the NFL Draft. Thompson hit on these players with regularity, too; Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams were all second- or third-round draft picks who went on to have long, productive careers with the Packers. Adams is now unquestionably one of the NFL’s ten best wide receivers, with a legitimate argument to be made for him as a top-five player at the position. In 2018, Brian...
18 hours ago
Free agency shored up holes in Packers’ roster, but Draft will answer long-term questions

Free agency shored up holes in Packers’ roster, but Draft will answer long-term questions

Brian Gutekunst locked down nearly every starting spot for 2019 after his free agent splurge, but Green Bay has long-term questions at a handful of key spots. The draft could bring answers. Just call Brian Gutekunst “Radio Shack.” Packers fans had questions. He had answers. Outside linebacker loomed as a gaping need on the roster; Gutekunst got not one, but two big-money players. Safety doomed the Packers over and over last season; Gutey snagged the best value on the market. He also found a legitimate option at guard with swing tackle capabilities. Maybe he overpaid, but the Green Bay...
22 hours ago
Thursday Cheese Curds: Being nostalgic won’t win the Packers a Super Bowl

Thursday Cheese Curds: Being nostalgic won’t win the Packers a Super Bowl

Letting Randall Cobb and Clay Matthews walk was tough but also absolutely necessary. After being able to keep a core of players together for several years, the past couple of days have been tough on the hearts of Packer Nation. As sad as it was to see Clay Matthews and Randall Cobb move on, letting them leave was also very necessary. Both players are no longer their former selves. Matthews has infamously struggled when healthy and even when he was on the field he was often invisible. Cobb had flashes, but he too was not as productive the past few seasons as Davante Adams’ star began to...
Mar 20, 2019
After signing Adrian Amos, Packers should look toward the draft for a running mate

After signing Adrian Amos, Packers should look toward the draft for a running mate

Though Green Bay has money left to sign a safety to play opposite Adrian Amos, the move now is looking toward the draft to find a long-term answer. Brian Gutekunst accomplished more for the Green Bay Packers on Day One of the legal tampering period to address the safety position than Ted Thompson did in his entire post-Nick Collins administration. Josh Jones offers flashes, but clear limitations stand out. Even Gutekunst was content to move along with the Kentrell Brices of the NFL last season, after an era where Thompson tried to make due with M.D. Jennings and Charlie Peprah far too...
Mar 20, 2019
Wednesday Walkthroughs: Biggest questions for the Packers after free agency

Wednesday Walkthroughs: Biggest questions for the Packers after free agency

The APC writers share their worries about the current Packers roster. In February, we asked our writers what their biggest concerns about the Packers were as the team headed into perhaps the most crucial offseason in recent memory. The responses were quite varied, from coaching to personnel to whether or not the delicious and nutritious horse collar kielbasa will ever return to Lambeau Field. While we’re still not sure about the state of the oversized sausage, Brian Gutekunst’s spending spree last week has alleviated some of our questions from six weeks ago. But the free agency...
Mar 20, 2019
Cheese curds, 3/20: Packers’ 2019 spending could limit options in future

Cheese curds, 3/20: Packers’ 2019 spending could limit options in future

The Packers’ spending this offseason could force the front office to move on with players beyond those that have already departed Green Bay. The Green Bay Packers made arguably the biggest splash in free agency this offseason, adding four players on multiyear contracts, all likely starters. Those moves bolster a roster that fell short last year and give new head coach Matt LaFleur a chance to jumpstart his tenure in Green Bay. Still, those expenditures come with a cost beyond the dollar amount, one the Packers will eventually have to pay. Packers’ spending spree in 2019 will mean touch...
Mar 19, 2019
Clay Matthews signs with Rams after ten years with Packers

Clay Matthews signs with Rams after ten years with Packers

The Packers’ former Pro Bowl edge rusher is reportedly returning home to California. On the same day the Green Bay Packers saw a long-time veteran exit the organization in Randall Cobb, they will also lose a key defensive cog of the past decade. NFL insider Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter report that Clay Matthews has inked a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams, ending a 10-year run in Green Bay. Matthews himself then confirmed the signing with a post on his personal Twitter account: #NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/21Z13cmGUG— Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) March 20,...
Mar 19, 2019
Former Packers wideout Randall Cobb to sign with Cowboys, per reports

Former Packers wideout Randall Cobb to sign with Cowboys, per reports

One of the Packers’ best receivers over the past decade has left to join an NFC rival. Randall Cobb’s eight-year tenure with the Green Bay Packers has come to a close. On Tuesday, the veteran wide receiver has agreed to a deal to join the Dallas Cowboys, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cobb will sign a one-year contract worth $5 million. Cobb joins a Cowboys receiving corps that just saw Cole Beasley leave in free agency. Cobb should slide in as the top slot receiver in the offense, giving quarterback Dak Prescott a reliable target on short and...
Mar 19, 2019
Packers hope Adrian Amos turns out far better than their last major signing at safety

Packers hope Adrian Amos turns out far better than their last major signing at safety

The last time Green Bay signed a long-term deal with a free agent at the position, the contract was terminated after just one season. One similarity now shared by both Ted Thompson and Brian Gutekunst in year two as General Manager of the Green Bay Packers is that each signed a free agent safety to improve the defense. However, Green Bay hopes that the multiyear deal inked with Adrian Amos this past week results in a far greater outcome than the one signed in 2006. That contract belonged to Marquand Manuel, and it was a five-year, $10 million deal that represented a significant investment...
Mar 19, 2019
The Packers have paid out over $24M in roster bonuses since 2019 league year began

The Packers have paid out over $24M in roster bonuses since 2019 league year began

Including signing bonuses, the team wrote checks for over $80M last week. Shortly after the Green Bay Packers’ general manager, Brian Gutekunst, introduced the team’s many new players, he and the team’s finance department signed off on a series of roster bonus checks to players sticking around for 2019. The Packers have often implemented these roster bonuses as part of players’ compensation in recent years, including them on contracts as a way to give the team a little extra time to make decisions on whether to retain the players for the following year. This offseason, the Packers...
Mar 19, 2019
Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers strengthen their weaknesses with Adrian Amos

Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers strengthen their weaknesses with Adrian Amos

Amos does well what previous Green Bay safeties have not. The first safety signed during this year’s NFL free agency period made a pretty penny. Landon Collins got a six-year $84 million deal from Washington with $45 million guaranteed. While there were reports the Green Bay Packers were interested in Collins, there was no way they were going to offer him that kind of money. Instead Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst went out and plucked Adrian Amos from the rival Chicago Bears and given what the Packers are paying him ($36 million over four years) they stand a good chance of...
Mar 18, 2019
Packers have less than $5 million in salary cap space after errors identified, per report

Packers have less than $5 million in salary cap space after errors identified, per report

Apparently the Green Bay Packers are a lot closer to the salary cap than initially believed. The Green Bay Packers like to go into the regular season with a handful of salary cap space in order to maintain some flexibility for the season. Typically something around $8 million is in place to cover any unexpected transactions, cover players who go on injured reserve, or land the occasional in-season contract extension. However, that might prove a bit more difficult this season than first imagined. Sites that tracked NFL teams’ salary cap space believed the Packers to have had about $35...
Mar 18, 2019
Packers meet with free-agent safety Curtis Riley, per report

Packers meet with free-agent safety Curtis Riley, per report

The Packers met with the free-agent safety Monday. On the same day that the Green Bay Packers saw 2018 starting safety Kentrell Brice sign with another team, they met with a free agent at the same position. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the team visited with New York Giants defensive back Curtis Riley. A 6-foot, 190-pound former undrafted free agent from Fresno State, Riley became a full-time starter for the first time this past season, starting 16 games at free safety for the Giants. In that capacity, he hauled in four interceptions (including a pick-six) and posted a defensive passer...
Mar 18, 2019
Former Packers safety Kentrell Brice signs 1-year deal with Buccaneers

Former Packers safety Kentrell Brice signs 1-year deal with Buccaneers

The former Packer was effectively done in Green Bay when the team elected not to tender him as a restricted free agent. It was all but a sure thing, but now it’s official. Safety Kentrell Brice will not be returning to the Green Bay Packers for the 2019 season. Brice, who spent the past three years in Green Bay after signing as an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech, is headed to Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they signed Brice to a one-year contract on Monday afternoon. With an expiring contract and three years of NFL experience under his belt, Brice was eligible for...