Packers Morning Buzz: All quiet on the free-agent front
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We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column, which takes a look at Brian Gutekunst’s approach to roster building so far this offseason.
The Packers under former general manager Ted Thompson didn’t go after many players on the open market, but when they did they often insisted on a discount because of Rodgers.
In other words, come to Green Bay for less because you’ll have a shot at the Super Bowl.
Thompson’s successor, Brian Gutekunst, is at least inquiring about a lot more players in free agency, but it’s looking like the Packers’ approach to negotiations hasn’t changed much.
This is the New England Patriots’ way with Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, and it works for them. Of course, since 2001 the Patriots have won five Super Bowls and played in three others, and they’ve played in the last eight AFC Championship games. When they say come to New England and play for a Super Bowl, it’s not just hopeful talk. Chances are it’s going to happen.
The Packers aren’t the Patriots.
Yet, I talked with two agents this week who said the Packers’ recruiting pitch is still pushing for discounts because of Rodgers and the team’s rich history, only — unlike under Thompson — more agents are hearing it this year. All that’s done is create a lot more smoke without more fire, at least so far.
Ryan Wood writes on the news that linebacker Joe Thomas is moving on:
I chatted with readers about the news via Facebook Live last night:
I put together a roundup of Packers selections from various mock drafts:
Tony Dungy will be receiving an award in Wisconsin:
Elsewhere, Cheesehead TV has a Packers-centric big board:
Peter Bukowski writes on the Packers possibly targeting a premier defensive back in the draft:
Former Packers are urging the team to sign a certain free-agent safety:
SyFy Wire looks at Mike Daniels' comic fandom:
Reggie White to Green Bay remains the best free-agent signing in league history:
Eye In the Sky looks at Marwin Evans' game:
Brian Baldinger has some film breakdown of Mike Daniels game:
Bill Huber wonders when the Packers will start to make a few more additions to their defense:
Mike Daniels appeared on Good Morning Football earlier today: