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We start with the second in Ryan Wood’s free-agency series, this time looking at long snapper Brett Goode and his long road back from tearing his ACL in 2015.
Goode once again faces an uncertain future this offseason. He’s set to become a free agent next month.
If Goode re-signs for another minimum deal, his 2017 salary will be $900,000 because he has nine accrued seasons. It would be fine value for the Packers. Goode’s salary of $885,000 last season ranked 20th among NFL long snappers.
But the Packers ensured Goode will have to compete for his job. General manager Ted Thompson’s first move of the offseason was signing long snapper Taybor Pepper, a four-year starter at Michigan State between 2012-15 who did not play last season. Pepper, 10 years younger than Goode, is a better athlete for the position. His 2017 salary of $465,000 is also just over half of what Goode would be paid.
Kendra Meinert keeps tabs on what Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is up to this offseason via Instagram.
As always, our Rich Ryman has all the latest on the progress of the Titletown District.
Elsewhere, Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus lays out why they consider Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari the best pass protector in the NFL.
It’s only fitting that the league’s top pass-protecting offensive line in 2016 owns our award for the league’s top pass protector. Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari has been an above-average pass protector over the past two seasons, but he took it to a whole new level this year. Bakhtiari allowed a measly 20 QB pressures during the regular season (just four combined sacks and hits). His 97.6 pass-blocking efficiency was the second-best of any tackle in the league, and he allowed zero QB pressures in four games this year.
Over at Cheesehead TV, Zach Jacobson takes a look at what might have been for Terrence Murphy:
The team website touts leading several statistical rankings in 2016:
ACME Packing Company has the latest from the SB Nation mock draft.
The Power Sweep looks at the Packers slow start to 2016:
Aaron Rodgers acknowledged the brothers who placed an ad honoring their father:
Brett Favre acknowledged the story as well:
Interesting stuff from PFF on the importance of pressure over sacks
Victor Cruz’ first free-agency visit was with the Carolina Panthers:
HBO’s Real Sports profiles Patriots owner Robert Kraft: