The Green Bay Packers are running out of cash to spend in free agency. As of Monday morning, the Packers had the sixth-fewest cap space remaining in the NFL, according to Albert Breer.
So far this offseason, Green Bay has done everything they can to preserve spending. Instead of resigning Blake Martinez and Bryan Bulaga, they opted for cheaper options in Christian Kirksey and Rick Wagner. While these moves could prove to be savvy, the jury is still out on if pinching pennies is the right approach for a time that is trying to win now.
Of course, nothing was going to compare to last offseason in which the team brought in a massive haul of Zadarius Smith, Preston Smith, Adrian Amos, and Billy Turner. These moves helped the team dramatically in route to an appearance in the NFC Championship. However, then they had much more cap than they do now.
$14.8 million doesn’t feel like a lot, especially when you factor in the upcoming draft class and the remaining moves they need to make. It certainly seems like a good idea to resign veteran corner Tramon Williams who is still producing at a steady rate even at 37-years-old. They could also extend Kenny Clark, who is due for another contract following the 2020 season.
All of these moves would be beneficial, some might even consider necessary. Unfortunately, all of them probably won’t happen. It appears they expect a big jump from tight end Jace Sternberger after not signing anyone outside of rotational veteran Marcedes Lewis.
However, on Tuesday, they added a solid perimeter option for Aaron Rodgers and the offense in the form of Devin Funchess. According to reports, the Packers were looking into adding a receiver, but nothing had come to fruition until yesterday. Funchess was a cheap get after a being injured for virtually all of 2019.
Even with the the Funchess news, Green Bay can certainly still help themselves by restructuring current players’ contracts or cutting ties altogether. Heading into 2020, most thought guard Lane Taylor and tight end Jimmy Graham were likely candidates for the chopping block. Well, Graham is gone, but Taylor remains despite being replaced by rookie Elgton Jenkins.
Obviously, the team can still make moves. In the past, the Packers waited until August to make such cuts. However, the crops of free agents will be dry by then. Right now, Green Bay has very little to offer, but they still need to find a way to make moves.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.