Morning Buzz: Packers still looking for defensive help
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We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at the Packers turning their attention to the cornerback position as free agency enters its second official day.
Trading away Randall left the Packers with King as their top cornerback. With Davon House entering free agency, six corners are on their roster: King, Quinten Rollins, Demetri Goodson, Josh Hawkins, Lenzy Pipkins and Donatello Brown.
The quickest way to add help is to sign a free-agent corner.
“I don’t think it’s imperative,” Gutekunst said. “We’re going to look at every avenue. … This is something that really between now and the start of training camp, that we’ll be looking at. There’ll be many avenues to upgrade that group. I think we have some good young players there that’ll be competing for those spots, but it is something that we’re focused on.”
There will be competition to sign the 28-year-old Rashaan Melvin. The Oakland Raiders, led by former Packers executive Reggie McKenzie, are one team reportedly in the mix. Melvin is a big (6-2, 193 pounds), long press corner who ran a 4.42-second 40 at his pro day.
The Packers have long scouted Melvin, bringing him in for a pre-draft visit in 2013. He instead signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after going undrafted. Melvin has since bounced around the NFL, spending time in Miami, Baltimore, New England and Indianapolis. He started 10 games for the Colts last season, finishing with three interceptions and 13 defended passes while leading their cornerbacks with 552 snaps.
Pete Dougherty writes on the Green Bay legacy of the recently released Jordy Nelson:
Blake Martinez got a nice payday for his performance in 2017:
Tom Silverstein looks at how the Packers could jump into the Top 10 in April’s draft:
Be sure to bookmark our free-agency tracker to keep track of all the latest:
With Nelson gone, what happens to the annual softball game?
Appleton is getting a Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky looks at the Packers' busy start to free agency:
Pro Football Focus looks at the addition of Muhammad Wilkerson:
Justis Mosqueda tries to writes on what Jimmy Graham will bring to the Packers' offense:
NFL Media has Graham highlights:
Chris Wessling thinks the Packers are a potential landing spot for the Honey Badger:
Albert Breer looks at how Rodgers could approach negotiations for his new deal:
Michelle Bruton thinks Nelson got a raw deal:
Andy Herman looked at Rashaan Melvin’s game:
Greg Jennings wonders why he didn’t get any love from Rodgers when he left:
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LeRoy Butler and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix seem to be having fun on the Packers cruise:
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