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Packers could be active participants in free agency

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March signals the start of free agency across the NFL. For everyone except the Green Bay Packers that is.

While the rest of the league traditionally dabbles in the free agent process by courting players from other teams, the Packers, under general manager Ted Thompson, have traditionally stood watch from the sidelines.

But with money to spend this year, the Packers may divert from their normal stance of being bystanders in the process.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Packers intend to be active participants in free agency this offseason.

Green Bay has nearly $30 million in cap space they could utilize on outside free agents. While the Packers will have decisions to make on defensive tackle B.J. Raji, nose tackle Ryan Pickett, tight end Jermichael Finley and center Evan Dietrich-Smith among others, the Packers will still likely have enough room to pursue other players outside their organization.

Considering Green Bay ranked 25th in total defense and 24th in points per game, the defensive side of the ball could be the area of focus for the Packers in free agency.

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27 Responses to “Packers could be active participants in free agency”
  1. speicher145 says: Feb 12, 2014 11:29 PM

    Super Bowl bound.

  2. uwsptke says: Feb 12, 2014 11:36 PM

    TJ Ward, if the Browns somehow let him walk.

  3. khmer379 says: Feb 12, 2014 11:40 PM

    Not surprised especially with that swiss cheese defense

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 12, 2014 11:47 PM

    They should sign Shaun Hill.

  5. herlies says: Feb 13, 2014 12:22 AM

    I will believe it when I see it.

    Until then, continue to draft and develop.

  6. sociosquatch says: Feb 13, 2014 2:32 AM

    i’ll file that under “believe it when i see it..”

  7. anicra says: Feb 13, 2014 3:05 AM

    I bet they sign a bunch of Vikings

  8. garyman1 says: Feb 13, 2014 7:04 AM

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  9. 00maybe00next00year00 says: Feb 13, 2014 7:04 AM

    They will dabble check this decision.

  10. greenisgold1265 says: Feb 13, 2014 7:42 AM

    Sign Sam shields!!!

  11. restorativejusticeprogram says: Feb 13, 2014 7:46 AM

    Any team with a top 4 quarterback that does not spend to the Cap Limit is telling their fans that they care more about profit than winning.

  12. jm91rs says: Feb 13, 2014 8:30 AM

    Defense Defense and some more Defense. This team thinks Clay Matthews can cover the whole field. Go get the best available DB and some linebackers.

  13. Dave Tracy says: Feb 13, 2014 8:57 AM

    Donte Witner and Jason Worillds would be a good start…

  14. freeigwebuike says: Feb 13, 2014 9:43 AM

    Kind of scary to think about them making another Reggie White-like signing…

  15. linemanguy74 says: Feb 13, 2014 10:07 AM

    Maybe he isn’t the draft genius that Pack fans think he is

  16. chmura97 says: Feb 13, 2014 10:40 AM

    Mark Chmura !

  17. ruvelligwebuike says: Feb 13, 2014 11:32 AM

    I just want to see impact from the safety position. That’s all. I don’t care how they get it.

  18. southpaw0609 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:57 AM

    Sign another player…one that played on an NFL team other than the Packers? Sounds like crazy talk to me.

  19. qoojo says: Feb 13, 2014 11:59 AM

    I am in the “I will believe it when it happens” camp. We shall see.

  20. toybkshr says: Feb 13, 2014 12:02 PM

    Draft & develop works only if you have no “misses”, otherwise you need to use free agency.

  21. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 13, 2014 12:03 PM

    Ideally, you draft and develop players. That approach clearly hasn’t worked for the Packers. Oh sure, it looked like it was working for a while there, but now we know it was all because Rodgers makes everybody else look better. Now we’ll see if The Great Ted Thompson is as incompetent at signing free agents as he is at drafting.

  22. shaggytoodle says: Feb 13, 2014 1:19 PM

    He has a solid roster for the most part, just a few pieces here and there in FA would go farther in GB than 2 FAs on other teams. Byrd I think would be a good fit.

    TT is in the top 3 GMs when it comes to drafting well in the NFL.

    He drafts for the scheme GB uses, that’s why when you see an injury or two in the secondary LBs or WRs. They don’t run to the FA pool right away like most teams.

  23. jhtobias says: Feb 13, 2014 1:43 PM

    tt gets way to much credit for his drafting abilities … His scouting team which have left for better positions discovered the nick collins josh sittons sam shields of this world.. Look at what he has done in the lst three drafts ..

    Eddie lacey yes , mike daniels .. But for the most part since 2010 he has not had guys on the d side worth a damn…

    Extending brad jones ??? nick perry jerel worthey etc..

    With mr rodgers we saw who they were packer fan not saying mr thompson is a joke just getting way to much credit..

    his predecesor mr wolf new how to build a team

  24. icebowler says: Feb 13, 2014 4:03 PM

    Sometimes the teacher can learn from the student. John Schneider has taught him that a few reasonably priced free agents can make a big difference.

  25. inbredcheesehead says: Feb 13, 2014 10:44 PM

    i am excited my packers are better in the nfl

  26. vikinggroininjury says: Feb 14, 2014 4:02 PM

    TT has been a dud at times drafting defense. Justin Harrell makes my freaking blood pressure soar…..

    I agree that he needs to look at what Schneider did for the Hawks & go that direction, especially for defensive players.

  27. just4given says: Feb 14, 2014 4:59 PM

    TT a top 3 GM??? Seriously??? He stumbles into an occasional hit in the draft. Rodgers was a no brainer. Snagging Matthews was rock solid. Lacey was an both a no brainer and excellent. Aside from that, his drafts have not been noteworthy. We have a porous offesnive line. Our defense has 3 – 4 keepers on the whole. Nailing a pick or two in a draft is not successful. Ryan Pickett – talk about overspending on a free agent, this guy couldn’t shed a block to save his life. BJ Raji was a bust.

    Our window of opportunity is closing quickly. Rodgers has maybe 5 peak years left. At best, we are the 5th best team in the NFC. We have a tall mountain to climb and serious needs to fill on both sides of the ball. The reason we have this mouintain to climb is the failure of our GM to surround his few superstars with doild comlimentary players.

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