Packers Morning Buzz: High praise for Green Bay's free-agent safety pickup

Stu Courtney
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

We'll start with The MMQB's Andy Benoit's rankings of the five best and five worst moves in free agency. He ranks the Packers' signing of former Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos as the fourth-best pickup.

Benoit writes:

Adrian Amos, S, Packers – 4 years, $12M guaranteed

Amos played in a predominantly 2-deep safety scheme under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in Chicago and now must transition to a predominantly 1-deep scheme under Packers coordinator Mike Pettine. But that’ll be a small challenge, and Amos was always sound when the Bears did employ 1-deep coverages. More importantly, Fangio’s and Pettine’s schemes are predicated on matchup zone principles. Amos has the vision and spatial awareness to solidify Green Bay’s matchup zones, which wobbled too often last year as young players shuffled from position to position, due to injuries and lineup-tinkering. Another way to view this: Instead of re-signing Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, one of football’s most physically gifted but least reliable safeties, the Packers filled that spot with a quality starter from their rival Bears. (And later saw those Bears sign Clinton-Dix, no less.)

To see which signings ranked as the best and worst, check out the full story here:

Pete Dougherty explains why we won't see the Packers splurging in free agency again next year:

Ryan Wood has revised rankings of the Packers' positions of greatest needs after their free-agent acquisitions:

Packers free-agent inside linebacker Jake Ryan is moving on to Jacksonville, leaving Green Bay with no players left from their 2015 draft class:

Wide receiver Geronimo Allison, who missed most of last season due to injuries, is sticking around on a one-year deal:

Randall Cobb drawing interest in Dallas:

And Jordy Nelson is visiting with the Seahawks:

Could Nelson return to the Packers? Some fans ran with that slim possibilitywhen the new broke that Oakland had released the veteran receiver:

The Bears seem to think they got a bargain in replacing Amos with Packers washout Ha Ha Clinton-Dix:

The former Titans backup quarterback played in Matt LaFleur's offense last season:

ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about what the Smiths (Za'Darius and Preston) bring to the Packers:

Paul Noonan writes about adjustments in Aaron Rodgers' game for Acme Packing Co.:

A number of mock drafts have projected Montez Sweat to the Packers at No. 12:

Brett Favre is involved with pairing veterans of the military with service dogs:

And finally: Homes owned by former Packers general manager Ted Thompson and offensive line coach James Campen have been sold:

Contact Stu Courtney at (920) 431-8377 or Follow him on Twitter at @stucourt

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