Brian Gutekunst: Packers will be “as aggressive as we can” in free agency

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The Packers have opened talks with quarterback Aaron Rodgers about a new contract and General Manager Brian Gutekunst said on a Wednesday visit to PFT Live that he’d like to see a deal come together “sooner rather than later.”

Gutekunst is also charged with building a strong team around Rodgers and he shared some of his thoughts about how the team will approach free agency in his first year calling the shots in Green Bay. The Packers have not traditionally been big spenders on the open market and Gutekunst said much of “the process of the way we go about it” will remain in place because he’s spent two decades in the team’s front office. 

When it comes time to decide about signing players, however, Gutekunst suggested things may be different than they’ve been in the past.

They’ll certainly be some tweaks there that will be more my style,” Gutekunst said. “We’d like to be as aggressive as we can be understanding there’s constraints. We’d like to get in, make sure we’re part of every conversation and be prepared that if it’s the right fit we’ll pull the trigger.”

The Packers are not in possession of a ton of cap space right now, but they can gain a significant amount by parting ways with players like Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson as well as reaching that extension with Rodgers.

24 responses to “Brian Gutekunst: Packers will be “as aggressive as we can” in free agency

  1. $$$$$$$$$$$$ For Mr. all world QB…who only won 1 super bowl and is only 9 & 7 in playoff games…But he did win 2 MVP awards…

    $$ for the rest of the team….

    Seems like a recipe for failing

  2. Aside from Rodgers and Adams pretty much all the rest of the skill positions on offense are wide open. It’ll be interesting to see who takes the field on opening day.

  3. Before you all start judging an individual player on the number of super bowls they have won, please remember:

    This is a team sport.

    There is only one (1) super bowl winner each year, regardless of how talented all of the quarterbacks are. Joe flacco is a super bowl winner, is he better than Dan Marino in his prime? Did Nick Foles beat Tom brady, or did the Eagles beat the Patriots?

    Is there any player in this league who means as much to their team as AR does to GB right now?

  4. Sounds like the Packers have a great plan for winning another offseason championship!
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    As opposed to all the real championships your team has won?

  5. Hate to say it, but the train has left the station. Green Bay’s glory years are behind them, but they won that Super Bowl years ago so all is peachy.

  6. Cobb is gone. He never deserved or earned the contract he had. But this new attitude sure sounds like the New Green Bay Packers to me. Think about it…..Capers and Thompson are both gone, and both were old-school boat anchors. It’s a shame McCarthy held onto his job after his gross miscalculation of and continued insistence for Hundley was the biggest mistake of the entire season. Oh well, two out of three isn’t bad.

    Plus, Rodgers will return well-paid and rested and ready. Jordy has one more year to recapture his old M.O. The Packers will once again be the team to beat in the NFCN, after a brief hiatus in which the Vikings pissed their pants in the absence of the Packers.

  7. xavier179 says:
    February 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    Hate to say it, but the train has left the station. Green Bay’s glory years are behind them, but they won that Super Bowl years ago so all is peachy.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    ……….said every hater, every year, for the last twenty-five years.

  8. if they let go of Jordy, someone in the division WILL pick him up.. they know how much damage he is capable of doing, and would love to have one of Aaron’s guys provide much needed insider info. This would not be a good thing for the Pack. There are a couple of guys I would like to see them pursue in FA.. Jonathan Stewart was just released by the Panthers, and I think he still has gas in the tank. Could be a nice role player and provide some veteran presence in a much needed area of the offense. May also be able to acquire him on the cheap. All in all, my Packers would probably release him 6 weeks into the season with nothing of real note to take from it. (see Kniles Davis, Ricky Jean-Francois, etc.)

  9. The Packers should cut Clay Matthews if he doesn’t take less money. That’s $11.3M in cap savings with no dead money.

    For that price you need to stay on the field. Still, Green Bay won’t be able to solve much in free agency.

  10. Liberalsruineverything says:
    February 28, 2018 at 6:51 pm
    Fabio will get cut if anyone is serious about improving the team. $2 million per sack and only plays when he feels like it.
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    This is not an unreasonable suggestion, a little biased, but not totally off-base. But…….. I think Pettine will utilize him differently (for at least one season.)

    More to come……..

  11. I was just happy listening to Gutekunst talk. You could understand, he didn’t sound like he had rocks in his mouth. That in it self makes me think it’s going to be a good.

  12. rideforjesus says:
    February 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm
    $$$$$$$$$$$$ For Mr. all world QB…who only won 1 super bowl and is only 9 & 7 in playoff games…But he did win 2 MVP awards…

    ——————–

    And yet people are paying more than Aaron makes to QB’s like Cousins, Stafford, Carr etc – you know, guys with zero play off wins, zero Super Bowls and zero MVPs.

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