Coming into the offseason, the Green Bay Packers had many questions that needed to be answered.
What would the futures look like for major free agents like Aaron Jones, Corey Linsley and Kevin King? How would the organization be able to get under the cap? Would other free agents be signed?
It seems like all the questions are slowly being answered. And it seems to me that all the roster moves all point to one thing: The Green Bay Packers are trying to repeat the success in 2020 using the same formula – and almost the exact same pieces.
On Tuesday morning, it was announced that Kevin King would be signed back to a 1-year deal worth around $6 million. Combine that with the fact that the organization made big signings of Aaron Jones, Kenny Clark and David Bakhtiari, and you start to realize that the team values its core nucleus of talent.
And it’s hard not to blame them. The Packers finished 13-3 and won a second consecutive NFC North championship. Green Bay lost in a one-possession game to a Super Bowl championship Tampa Bay team that dismantled Kansas City.
It seems that the organization isn’t far off from where they need to be.
However, after four NFC Championship losses in seven years, fans are hoping to make that big free agency signing or organizational change that will surely lead to more success.
I think it’s time for us, as fans, to sit back and quit stressing about what Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst decide to do. It’s also time to realize that the organization likely made its big free agency signings by re-signing guys instead of going out and getting new players.
Again, sticking to the formula of past success for future success.
Kenny Clark is one of the top young defensive linemen in the league. Packers signed him in the fall. David Bakhtiari is arguably the best left tackle in the game. The organization paid him as such. Lastly, Aaron Jones is one of the most dynamic young running backs in the league. He was re-signed last week.
As soon as fans realize that these are the big free agency moves of the 2021 offseason, it will surely be much easier to accept when thinking about how the Packers are never the name you see when Adam Schefter tweets something out.
Past success is the formula for the future.——————
Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.