Packers Morning Buzz: Brian Gutekunst doing things his way with signings
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We'll start with Ryan Wood's look at how Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is taking a different approach to free agency than predecessor Ted Thompson.
True, most NFL teams continue signing free agents deep into the spring. The Packers rarely took that approach in the past, especially with players new to their franchise. Under former general manager Ted Thompson, the Packers' roster was effectively set after the draft. The only business to handle was whittling 90 players down to 53.
Thompson made a habit of searching for potential diamonds in the rough, frequently signing undrafted rookies or young practice-squad castoffs from other teams. That trend only began to change last season, when the Packers signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks and defensive lineman Quinton Dial, veterans of the San Francisco 49ers discarded. But their arrival came in the first week of September, giving them days to adjust for a new scheme before starting the season.
With their signings coming in May, Bell and Lewis get the benefit of a full training camp and part of the team’s offseason program.
Packers running back Aaron Jones was taken aback by the outpouring of praise for his random act of kindness:
Cornerback Kevin King is progressing well in return from shoulder surgery:
New Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis talks about coming to Green Bay after spending his entire career in Jacksonville:
Add the title of "doctor" to Aaron Rodgers' career achievements:
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Rodgers would like some sort of out clause in an extension that would allow him to control his ability to renegotiate a new deal.
At CheeseHead TV, they're pumped about the Packers' recent roster additions:
Former Packers cornerback Damarious Randall could be on the hook for some serious coin if the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA title:
Former Packers punter Tim Masthay was a spectator at Thursday's open OTA:
Left tackle David Bakhtiari talks about befriending soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the LA Galaxy and converting him into a Packers fan:
Happy ending in the saga of the lost dog taken in by Packers linebacker Blake Martinez: