Packers Morning Buzz: A flurry of game-changing moves for Mike Pettine
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com predicting which individuals will reap the most direct benefits from the flurry of free-agent activity. Listed among the most likely beneficiaries is Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
It's pretty rare to sign three high-priced starters for one side of the ball in a day. The Packers got younger and more flexible with the pickups of pass rushers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith, in addition to safety Adrian Amos. It's hard to find a weakness in this defense, especially with a rangy, young secondary for Pettine to mold. It's on the former Browns head coach to make this group work, possibly leading the way early in the season while Aaron Rodgers figures out life with new head coach Matt LaFleur and a young group of receivers.
You can learn the other lucky winners in this list (topped by Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield):
Jim Owczarski examines how although Za'Darius Smith will be paid like a premier edge rusher, he doesn't fit the prototype for the position:
Smith wasted no time getting that new home for his mom:
Randall Cobb took to Instagram to say an emotional good-bye to Packers fans:
ESPN's Mike Clay rates the Packers' roster the 10th-best in the NFL:
Power rankings in March? Elliott Harrison has updated his with the impact of free-agency additions, and the Packers move up only one spot (to 17th):
It's no fun writing about the Packers during free agency anymore. Because with the famously FA-averse Ted Thompson no longer GM, I actually have to update this blurb with a signing or two. Never had to worry about that prior to the beginning of current GM Brian Gutekunst's reign last year. Green Bay stayed busy this past week, closing deals on S Adrian Amos, TE Marcedes Lewis, edge rushers Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith, and OL Billy Turner. Packers fans are straight up googly-eyed over the additions of Smith and Smith to the pass rush ... especially when a Nick Perry sack was coming in as often as one of those Civil War chess pieces in the mail.
Of course, everything will change after the draft, but here's the entire piece:
Ever heard of an NFL "octopus"? It's when the same player scores a touchdown and the ensuing two-point conversion (eight point, hence an octopus). And wouldn't you know, the Packers have the most in NFL history:
So the Packers have just over $14 million ($14,004,669) in remaining salary-cap space, according to ESPN's Field Yates (ranking them 20th in the NFL):
A look at the contract details for Packers receiver Geronimo Allison:
Here's what Clay Matthews got from the Rams:
Would the Packers consider bringing back safety Morgan Burnett? Injuries caused him to miss five games in his only season with the Steelers:
Three former Packers make The MMQB's list of the top free agents who still remain available. From Conor Orr:
Jordy Nelson, WR
The Seahawks, Patriots, Titans and Chiefs are among the suitors for this soon-to-be 34-year-old.
Nick Perry, DE
Perry didn’t survive Green Bay’s recent free-agency spending spree but could find a home elsewhere in 2019. He signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the team back in 2017.
Muhammad Wilkerson, DT
A onetime versatile star with the Jets, it seems his best option might be waiting out the end of free agency and reconnecting with former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in Green Bay for another year.
You can check out the entire list here:
And finally: Davante Adams thinks he's the best dunker in the NFL:
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