Brian Gutekunst sees more restrictions for Packers in free agency this year

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Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst was aggressive in free agency last year and made quick moves to add Preston Smith, Za'Darius Smith and Adrian Amos to the team’s defense.

Those moves helped the Packers win the NFC North and advance to the NFC Championship Game, but it doesn’t sound like the team will be making quite as big a splash in free agency this time around. Gutekunst said at a Friday press conference that there will be “a little bit more restrictions if we’re going to do everything we want with the guys who are here” this offseason.

Gutekunst said the team is “sound financially” and will have opportunities to improve the team while adding that he’s similar to predecessor Ted Thompson when it comes to his desire to bring back the team’s own free agents. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga, linebacker Blake Martinez, kicker Mason Crosby and cornerback Tramon Williams are some of the bigger names in that group while defensive tackle Kenny Clark has started looking ahead to an extension as well.

Gutekunst called wide receiver an area where he’d be looking to add players and called this year’s draft class at the position a good one, so that probably won’t be a spot they prioritize with whatever free agent spending they have in mind.

22 responses to “Brian Gutekunst sees more restrictions for Packers in free agency this year

  1. It was clear that the Packers have less talent than some of the other playoff teams. A few more pieces in the right spot and they can be pretty dangerous. Not a bad start for a rookie coach, though.

  2. Please sign Hunter Henry or Austin Hooper! Draft a few WR’s, it’s a deep class this year with at least 5 projected to go in the 1st-round.

  3. No over-paying for FA stat chasers this year??
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    Top sacking tandem in the league, one with 13.5 and one with 12, and the genius’ to the west think that’s overpaying. Meanwhile Xavier Rhodes has a cap hit of almost $14m.

  4. At least he wont completely waste a top ten pick again this year.
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    One year with limited playing time and he’s a bust huh?

  5. “No over-paying for FA stat chasers this year??”

    Good thing we didn’t get in the bidding for Cousins then….

  6. I wonder what Tampa would want for TE Howard since Arians’ system typically doesn’t utilize TEs…

  7. 8-1 in one score games is not sustainable. Packers back to sub 500 next year and Packer Elimination Day can once again be celebrated in October.

  8. pkrlvr says:
    January 24, 2020 at 1:15 pm
    At least he wont completely waste a top ten pick again this year.
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    One year with limited playing time and he’s a bust huh?
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    He was a bust in college for crying out loud. This is second only to Justin Harrell in terms of wasting a 1st round pick. How he could be so right with Jenkins, and possibly Savage, yet take such reach with Gary is amazing. Anyone taken that early should be a day one starter regardless of other acquisitions. The only projects you can afford to take that early are QBs.

  9. It’s pretty hard to pick WRs in the draft and it takes a while for TEs to develop — I bet he at least makes a push for a free agent playmaking WR and a TE.

  10. we better live it up the next couple of seasons because we will be in salary cap hell after 2021. i understand we are trying to utilize our window of opportunity, but the cap always wins in the end. just hope we can get it done.

  11. At the very least, get rid of Martínez. He runs around like his feet are mired in buckets of cement.

    No wonder GB can’t stop the run.

  12. 8-1 in one score games is not sustainable. Packers back to sub 500 next year and Packer Elimination Day can once again be celebrated in October.
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    You’re talking about a team that’s made the playoffs 9 of the last 11 years like they’re the Vikings or something

  13. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 24, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    No over-paying for FA stat chasers this year??

    Would that be the stat chasers that lived rent-free in the Vikings backfield a few weeks ago? I think you must be confusing them with the biggest stat chaser in the NFC North the past two years, Danielle Hunter, who’s been busy racking up sacks while the Vikings are busy racking up losses.

  14. Any Vikings fan here talking cap needs to go look at where the Vikings are this year. The Packers are 30 million to the good. The Vikings need to cut 10 million just to get under the cap. The Packers have 40 million more dollars to spend than the Vikings do.

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