Aaron Nagler speaks with Pete Dougherty about the addition of tight end Jimmy Graham to the Packers offense as well as the departure of wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
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 as they head into the official start of free agency.
We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s latest take from a busy day at 1265 Lombardi, which saw the arrival of Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson and the release of Jordy Nelson.
Before the day was over, the Packers remembered that coach Mike McCarthy had said at the NFL scouting combine that he didn't want his defense feeling like a second-class citizen. They addressed a need on that side of the ball agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
But really, the most significant development of the day was general manager Brian Gutekunst brushing past the top cornerbacks in the free-agent market and putting money down on another offensive piece of the puzzle.
Gutekunst's first free-agent move of his career was to agree to terms with tight end Jimmy Graham.
When push comes to shove, the Packers are always going to build around their franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers, which is exactly what they did in agreeing to a three-year deal with the former Seattle Seahawks tight end.
In order to keep Graham and Wilkerson from putting them in a tight salary-cap situation, the Packers cut receiver Jordy Nelson, clearing $10.25 million from the cap. The Packers were $30.26 million under the cap after the Nelson maneuver, but that number will drop once the two free agents sign their deals.
Tom also wrote on the reunion of a coordinator and a long-time player:
Michael Cohen wrote on the news of the day:
Brian Gutekunst knew Tuesday would be a tough day:
Ryan Wood wrote on what Kirk Cousins' deal in Minnesota might mean for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers:
I spoke with Pete about what the Packers' offense will look like:
I chatted with fans throughout the afternoon and evening via Facebook Live:
Elsewhere, Jason Wilde reports the Packers were indeed open to Nelson returning at a greatly reduced rate:
Adam Schefter breaks down Tuesday’s moves on SportsCenter:
The Packers thanked their longtime receiver:
Several current and former Packers chimed in as well:
NFL Network looks at the reasoning behind Nelson’s release:
Nelson is already visiting other teams:
James Jones has some thoughts on Morgan Burnett:
Randall Cobb appears to be staying put:
Kenny Clark seems to approve of the addition of Wilkerson:
Nick Kostos looks at the addition of the defensive lineman: