General manager Brian Gutekunst said it himself – while the team is in a spot financially to make a big move if the market presents itself, the number of moves that the Green Bay Packers will make this off-season should be expected to be on the low side of things. But for the potential new Green Bay free agents, the idea that they can go out and make multiple big-money additions just is not in the cards this offseason.
But finding the happy medium between players that would help and players that would help that fit into their current budget is going to be the hardest part, which is exactly why keeping a close eye on the pool of released veterans that could be looking to get into a ring-chasing phase is going to be key this offseason.
Players that fit this bill will most likely be proven veterans above the age of 30 that still can be an integral part of a team’s roster but were released due to the impending salary cap crunch that all teams will be dealing with. With free agency starting in the middle of March, the number of veteran players that fit this bill will only increase, boosting the chance of the Packers being able to scoop up a few key pieces.
The idea of players having mindsets of wanting to chase Super Bowl titles by signing for fewer years and money is something that has become commonplace in the NBA but has not really gained momentum in the NFL yet, but this offseason likely will start that kind of movement, even if just slightly.
Offensively, there could be the likes of RB James White, WR Golden Tate, and C Alex Mack, among others, that could take one-year deals to play with a Green Bay team that is right on the doorstep of an SB honor.
On the defensive side of the ball, DTs Jurrell Casey and Kawaan Short, EDGE Everson Griffen and Kyler Fackrell, and CBs D.J. Hayden, Nevin Lawson, and Xavier Rhodes could all be viable short-term options for the Packers. Needing to help get Kenny Clark, Za’Darius Smith, and Jaire Alexander some help, these options would all help, and likely be done on the cheap.
With the kind of uncertainties that the league still has in regards to their salary cap numbers, this offseason has the potential to include a ton of transactions, more than most offseasons have included. Green Bay has holes to fill, but with their back up against the wall cap-wise, raiding a pool likely filled with proven veterans may be the best track to take.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23