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 (or a “cup of strong coffee," for the pedantically inclined) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
The NFL’s owners meeting have kicked off in Phoenix and our Ryan Wood is on-site to bring you all the latest from Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy and the rest of the Packers contingent in attendance.
Here’s Ryan with initial thoughts from Murphy on free agency and Aaron Rodgers’ contract.
In other news, Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant was arrested late Saturday night. Michael Cohen has the details.
Pete Dougherty peers into his crystal ball and tries to see which positions the Packers will concentrate on early in next month’s NFL draft.
Here’s a prediction five weeks out on the Green Bay Packers’ 2017 draft:
Their first four picks, in no particular order, will be cornerback, outside pass rusher, running back and guard.
Now, you never know with the draft. A player of unexpected quality at another position could be available when general manager Ted Thompson makes one of his early picks, and if so, Thompson will take him. Special players win games, so you never pass on a guy you think will be special, regardless of position.
I answered questions about the draft, free agency and Letroy Guion in my weekly mailbag.
Tom Silverstein has Christine Michael’s contract details:
Martellus Bennett is going to put the money from his Packers jersey sales to good use:
NFL UK highlights Aaron Rodgers’ incredible play down the stretch in 2016:
Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com has a note linking the Packers with Western Kentucky offensive lineman Forrest Lamp:
Gary Zilavy of The Power Sweep writes on Aaron Rodgers’ lone NFL pick-six and how things changed for the Packers after he threw it:
Bill Huber of Packer Report writes on the possibility of the Packers looking at Christian McCaffery in the first round of the draft:
Byron Bell, who visited the Packers last week, signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys:
Kevin Mooney writes on the intangibles required for championship teams:
The staff at ACME Packing Company pick through the free-agency bargain bin:
Eddie Lacy is embracing his move to Seattle:
Judy Battista lays out what’s ahead this week at the annual league meetings:
Peter King has more from the league meetings, including the Raiders' potential move to Vegas:
Mark your calendars: The NFL draft starts one month from today: