Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We start with Bob McGinn’s exhaustive position-by-position rankings for NFL free agency. Tons of great info and analysis here for football junkies.
Tight End Overview: Re-signing Cook was a Packers’ priority. When his request exceeded the team’s allocation, they moved on and signed Bennett (3/$21M/$6.3M g) and Kendricks (2/$4M/$1.2M g). With Rob Gronkowski returning from injury, the Patriots weren’t about to pay Bennett market value no matter how well he played. The Rams waived three capable veterans, including Kendricks, due in part to salary-cap constraints. Cook moved on for visits with Seattle and Minnesota, and reportedly might stop next in Oakland.
Ryan Wood writes on Jayrone Elliott’s return to Green Bay and the opportunity to rush the passer in Dom Capers’ defense.
I spoke with Elliott on my podcast about his free-agency experience and getting a second chance to prove himself in Green Bay:
Elsewhere, the Packers made the Davon House and Jordan Tripp signings official:
Ted Thompson and a few members of the Packers personnel staff were at Wisconsin’s Pro Day on Wednesday. (Also, Zach’s got jokes):
Former Packers coach Kevin Greene, who now works for the Jets, was in attendance as well:
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky tallies up the first wave of free agency for the Green and Gold:
Colin Cowherd thinks Aaron Rodgers deserves better from the front office:
Former Packers tight end Jared Cook visited the Vikings:
LeRoy Butler really, really, really wants the Packers to sign Jamaal Charles:
Who’s up for seven (yes) rounds of mock draft?
The Vikings added running back Latavius Murray:
Eddie Lacy is out to prove the doubters wrong: