Packers veered away from “what we normally do” to keep team together

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The Packers have only brought in one free agent from outside the organization this offseason, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been sitting on their hands.

Green Bay has been active when it comes to restructuring deals to push salary cap hits down the road and they used the space to make sure that they held onto their own guys. On Monday, General Manager Brian Gutekunst said that re-signing running back Aaron Jones, left tackle David Bakhtiari, and defensive tackle Kenny Clark were the priorities because they were the best players available at their positions.

“The way I look at is we were able to sign the No. 1 running back on the market, the No. 1 left tackle on the market and the No. 1 defensive tackle on the market. So, they just happened to all play for us, which is great. Kudos to Ted Thompson there,” Gutekunst said, via the team’s website. “We certainly did a lot, maybe a little bit outside of what we normally do as far as pushing money forward to continue to keep this team together so we can make another run. We realize the opportunity that is before us. We’re a really good football team. We’ve been knocking on the door for two years and we’d like to finish that.”

Gutekunst said that he expects to address other contracts before the offseason is over in order to put the team in good cap position for the 2022 season and getting through the door this year will make any future cap pain a little more bearable for the Packers.

16 responses to “Packers veered away from “what we normally do” to keep team together

  1. If he wanted Kirk Cousins it would have cost far less to just trade for Kirk Cousins. Mac Jones I think will be a steady average quarterback like Kirk Cousins. So yes you better start listening to people outside the organization!!

  2. Well, to be fair, they had to veer outside of their norm out of necessity.
    All teams had to make some kind of adjustments for an unprecedented season.
    And these moves will reverberate throughout the next few season.

  3. This all sounds insightful. The reality is; the Packers know they’ll fill the stadium no matter what. They wasted Favre by making him do it all by himself. They’ve wasted Rodgers by making him do it all by himself. Now, it’s probably too late.

    You know what though? I’ve still thoroughly enjoyed the last three decades of being a Packer fan. Wouldn’t trade it for anything.

  4. The GM of the Packers is brain dead IMO. Of course they didnt get any free agents and kept a lot of guys on one year show me deals due to cap space issues. Most other teams with cap issues did the same, thus many free agents had no where to go but stay put one year.
    The Packers love cheap ball. Lots of picks in later rounds and keep the salaries low to feed the big guy Rodgers.

  5. Jones, Bakh, Kenny – All drafted by Ted Thompson. Thanks to TT for all of the years of success.

  6. The question is, why didn’t you restructure Rodger’s contract? Would have given more cap relief and would have secured one of the best QBs’ in the NFL of staying. Unless you don’t want him to.

  7. “The question is, why didn’t you restructure Rodger’s contract? Would have given more cap relief and would have secured one of the best QBs’ in the NFL of staying. Unless you don’t want him to.”

    Sounds like they are ready to move on from Rodgers but he threw them off last year by playing so well.
    Can’t sell moving on to the fans.

  8. rickyfin says:
    April 27, 2021 at 9:23 am

    The question is, why didn’t you restructure Rodger’s contract? Would have given more cap relief and would have secured one of the best QBs’ in the NFL of staying. Unless you don’t want him to.
    *******
    The simple answer, though it’s been grossly underreported on these types of articles, they’ve already restructured Rodgers’ contract.
    Back in December of 2019 they made the necessary changes to Rodgers’ deal to free up cap space for the 2020 season.
    That’s why his cap charges are so large this season as well as next.
    Unfortunately, a worldwide pandemic hit and all the financial consequences that came with it.

    I honestly don’t know what the Packers are planning to do additionally to his deal.
    Personally, I hope it’s nothing.
    All I know is that piling up multiple restructures on an individual contract is a recipe for salary cap disaster.

    And even if you want to rip up the deal and sign him to an additional long term contract, he’s still owed (X) amount of dollars.
    That’s your starting point.
    The Packers, though currently jammed up, are better off playing this situation off year by year.
    Anyway, I believe attention is fully on the NFL draft and the 2021 season.
    Exactly where it should be.

  9. ImaFubar – firstly you certainly are. Secondly – Gute was correct. Why bring in a guy – who has not been to Green Bay – who has not been part of the team who you dont really know his REAL medical and workout condition – when you can re-up for almost the same amount of money and of known quantity of production and other attributes. In watching the free agency period – name somebody who was a plug and play guy that could fit under the salary cap. I am not a fan of the headline as stated here and Gute really hit the nail on the head – they did go into free agency – they signed free agents but they signed Packer free agents back to the team.

  10. Come on, Stellar – Favre didn’t do it all by himself. He wouldn’t have had his ring without Desmond Howard and Reggie White and the rest of Shurmur’s defense, one of the best ever. Favre won some games he should have lost and lost some he should have won. But he shared that Super Bowl year with the rest of the team.

  11. Rodgers wasn’t doing anything by himself. At this disposal: top-10 defense, best WR in the NFL, best offensive line in the NFL, one of the best running backs in the NFL, and an up-and-coming tight end among a strong supporting cast.

    As an Eagles fan, I’d love if my team had those pieces.

  12. Lots of comments here that look like they were written by third graders.

    The Packers were fine last year, they’ll be fine this year, and for the next several. Book it!!

  13. avpackfan says:
    April 27, 2021 at 5:31 pm
    Lots of comments here that look like they were written by third graders.
    ——-
    Agreed Stella and Cheese are embarrassing for both fanbases.

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