Packers Morning Buzz: Buyer beware in free agency
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers 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’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column looking at Brian Gutekunst’s words and Pete’s caution that we should all wait to judge the man by his actions.
When parsing comments by new Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst at last week’s NFL scouting combine, it's best to heed the old saying about lawyers:
Judge him by what he does, not what he says.
Gutekunst conducted a couple of lengthy sessions with reporters last week in Indianapolis, and it made for interesting reading. But for all the news he made, much of what Gutekunst said was probably not as definitive as it sounded at the time.
The subject that stood out in that way was the contracts of receivers Jordy Nelson ($10.25 million in salary and bonuses in 2018) and Randall Cobb ($9.5 million). At least one could be a prime target for at least a pay cut, yet the Packers haven’t moved on either as far as we know publicly, and based on what Gutekunst said at the combine, it sounded like both might be back on their current deals.
“Those guys are good players, and you don’t want to let those guys walk out the door if you don’t have to,” Gutekunst said.
Later, when asked about all the money the Packers are spending at receiver (Davante Adams’ cap number will be $10.5 million as part of his new deal), Gutekunst answered: “If you have really good players, you need to keep really good players, and you don’t let them walk out the door just for that reason.”
Tom Silverstein writes on the mutual interest between the Packers and Muhammad Wilkerson:
Michael Cohen reports that Sam Shields is starting to meet with teams about an attempted comeback:
I spoke with Ryan Wood about what the Packers should do with their first pick:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is holding a fundraiser soon in Green Bay:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Monday afternoon:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky writes on the defense no longer being a weak link:
The Packers seem to have a lot of interest in a particular Boise State linebacker:
Harold Landry sure would seem to solve some problems for the Packers:
Was Martellus Bennett the worst free-agent signing last year? Maybe not:
Ron Wolf talks about his son joining the Browns:
Fun nugget about Brett Favre’s $100 million deal:
Nice Davante Adams highlight video here: