Packers Morning Buzz: Plenty of work left to be done
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We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s to-do list for Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.
Brian Gutekunst needs every one of his 12 picks in his first draft as the Green Bay Packers’ general manager.
Gutekunst has a long to-do list for the next month. He has a roster to rebuild and might want to maneuver some on draft day, so the five extra selections might allow for a trade up or two while still adding at least 10 hand-picked prospects to his team.
There’s also time to sign a player or two from the leftovers in the free-agent pool. Last year, former GM Ted Thompson added right guard Jahri Evans in late April. It wasn’t a big-money deal — $2.5 million — but Evans was a valuable stopgap starter on the offensive line.
So while the marquee names in free agency are gone, there’s still, at least theoretically, time for a move or two that in nine months could prove important.
Gutekunst lived up to his word to get in on more players in free agency, though in the end it yielded a modest haul: the most expensive tight end on the market (Jimmy Graham), a talented defensive lineman looking to resuscitate his career with a prove-it one-year deal (Muhammad Wilkerson) and a potential Evans-like signing at cornerback (Tramon Williams).
USA TODAY Sports took a look at the Packers' most pressing needs:
I chatted with readers late Tuesday afternoon:
Tom Silverstein got a look at Jeff Janis’ contract in Cleveland:
Elsewhere, Jason Wilde writes on the offensive backfield:
Rob Demovsky looks at the Packers' back-to-basics approach:
The NFC North will be much tougher in 2018:
A defensive line prospect will be visiting the Packers for a pre-draft visit:
Fantasy players are talking up Aaron Jones:
Interesting look at the future of the game of football here:
Chat Sports names the Packers as a possible trading partner with the Pats for Gronk:
The internet’s got jokes: