Morning Buzz: Legal tampering off and running
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL 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. And remember, only 50 days until the draft!
With free agency almost here, we start with Tom Silverstein’s look at the Packers’ salary cap and how quickly what space they have might disappear.
All this cap space around the NFL — Cleveland has $104 million — means the price Thompson will have to pay to retain players — most of whom he originally identified as bona fide NFL talent — could suck up a good amount of his available cap space. It is in the three days leading up to free agency when agents earn their keep by leveraging interest in their client against that of his former team, hoping to drive the price tag way up.
The Packers are for sure facing that prospect with three of their free agents — linebacker Nick Perry, guard T.J. Lang and tight end Jared Cook — and possibly a fourth, cornerback Micah Hyde. The abundance of salary-cap money available in the league will make it easy for teams to overpay for other team's players.
Michael Cohen writes on the news of the day from Tuesday, which was Letroy Guion’s four-game suspension.
Ryan Wood and I discussed what’s next for Guion and for the Packers in the wake of his suspension.
Cohen also writes on the Packers' interest in cornerback Davon House, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday.
Elsewhere, Cheesehead TV takes a look at the market for Micah Hyde:
Rob Demovsky writes that a House-Packers reunion makes a lot of sense:
Interesting note from Bill Huber on the Packers roster:
Are the Packers interested in Trumaine Johnson? The Power Sweep investigates:
Talk of Fame Network makes the case for Leroy Butler and the Hall of Fame. It’s about time:
Another former Packers safety finds a home:
Fun exercise from the Ringer, having Michael Lombardi "fix" each team:
Great overview of free agency in general from Peter King:
The Bears continue to look outside their building for help: