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We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s column looking at the possibility of the Packers targeting tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency.
I answered reader questions late Friday afternoon via Facebook Live:
If the Packers have any position that’s ripe for new general manager Brian Gutekunst to fill in free agency, it’s tight end, despite his predecessor’s big swings and misses at that position last year.
Tight end is one of the most difficult positions for rookies to make much of a difference because of the dual responsibility of learning the sophisticated NFL passing game plus playing a significant role as a blocker. That’s a lot for a rookie to take on. In the last 10 years, only four rookie tight ends have caught at least 50 passes, and only 12 have caught at least 40.
So for immediate help, Gutekunst probably will have to look to free agency, and there’s a decent chance a big, interesting name will be available: Jimmy Graham.
Graham at one time was a premier player (four seasons of 80 catches or more) and is coming off a season in Seattle that was good enough (57 catches, 10 touchdowns) to get him to his fifth Pro Bowl.
There’s a chance he’ll be available because his contract ran out after this season and the Seahawks have invested so much money on defense the last few years that they very well might decide they don’t have the cap room to bring Graham back.
Elsewhere, the Packers Wire looks at possible lessons learned from Sunday’s games:
Cheesehead TV looks ahead at the Packers' chances next season:
Rob Demovsky writes on Jamaal Williams looking to add speed in the offseason:
Randall Cobb wants to show you where he works:
Brett Favre went into the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame:
In case you missed it, the Eagles demolished the Vikings in the NFC Championship:
While the Patriots did what they always do:
Despite Tom Brady’s historic run, James Jones is sticking to his guns regarding his former quarterback:
Packers fans seemed to enjoy watching the Vikings get embarrassed: