With the first two weeks of the NFL Free Agency season behind us, let’s take a look back on what the Packers have done.
There were a few shocking moves at the beginning of the free agency season. Ted Thompson started out very quiet, like normal, but then drops a bombshell by letting Micah Hyde walk and sign a 5 year deal with Buffalo worth $30.5 million dollars, and letting Jared Cook sign a 2 year deal with Oakland. When asked about letting Micah Hyde walk, Thompson said “Micah is one of my all-time favorites. Sorry it didn’t work out.”
Packer fans were very upset with the departure of Cook, however, Thompson heard all the complaining and finally signed a free agent that will help. Thompson signed former-Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett to a 3 year $21 million dollar contract. To round out the offensive signings are running back Christian Michael, right tackle Don Barclay and tight end Lance Kendricks. Kendricks played at the University of Wisconsin and then behind Jared Cook in St. Louis.
Ted Thompson did not quite tackle the defensive problems that the Packers have been suffering from over the last few year. Thompson couldn’t resign Micah Hyde, Datone Jones or Julius Peppers. Jones was signed to a 1 year $3.75 million dollar contract by NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings. Julius Peppers signed a 1 year $3.5 million dollar contract back in Carolina. Ted Thompson did bring back fan favorite cornerback in the form of a 1 year $2.8 million dollar contract for Davon House. House played in Green Bay during the Super Bowl run, then went and played in Jacksonville for the last two years. Thompson added former-Redskins defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois for a 1 year and $3 million dollars. The Packers finally resigned outside linebackers, Jordan Tripp and Jayrone Elliott.
There are still many remaining free agents that Green Bay could target. Some of these include running back LeGarrette Blount, and strong safety T.J. McDonald. Blount carried the ball almost 300 times for 1,161 yards and a career-high 18 touchdown. Blount would help out Ty Montgomery and Christian Michael figure themselves out. With the departure of Hyde, the Packers need a new player that can do something like Hyde did. T.J. McDonald stands 2 inches taller and 20lbs heavier than Hyde. Last year, McDonald combined for 64 tackles, 1 total sack, and a career-high 2 interceptions.
Lastly, Green Bay still has just over $20 million dollars in cap space for the remainder of free agency and the NFL Draft.The 2017 NFL Draft is live from Philadelphia on April 27th through the 29th.
The 2017 NFL Draft is live from Philadelphia’s City Hall on April 27th through the 29th.
UPDATE: As of March 29th at 6pm ET, The Green Bay Packers have signed guard Justin McCray. McCray never found a stationary home since joining the NFL in 2014. He spent a year on Tennessee’s practice squad and then spent time in Orlando in the Arena Football League. McCray has yet to make an official NFL regular-season start.