Green Bay Packers March Scouting Report
Packer Free Agency Scorecard:
Free Agents the Packers have signed: OLB Nick Perry, OL Don Barclay, TE Martellus Bennett from New England, P Jacob Schum (ER FA), TE Lance Kendricks from the Rams, CB Devon House from Jacksonville, and OLB Jayrone Elliott
Packer free agents signed by another team: S Micah Hyde signed by the Buffalo Bills. OC JC Tretter signed by the Cleveland Browns. DE Julius Peppers signed by the Carolina Panthers. OG TJ Lang signed by the Detroit Lions. RB Eddie Lacy signed by Seattle Seahawks.
Players tendered the franchise or transition tags: None
Restricted Free Agents tendered: None
Restricted Free Agents not tendered: OLB Jordan Tripp
Unrestricted Free Agents left to sign or replace:, LS Brett Goode, OLB Datone Jones, , RB Christine Michael, TE Jared Cook.
Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA): FB Joe Kerridge, Christian Ringo, ILB Joe Thomas, RB Don Jackson, WR Geronimo Allison,
Exclusive Rights Free Agents not tendered: RB John Crockett
On Defense, the Packers have no unrestricted free agents on the line. NT Letroy Guion, DE Mike Daniels, DE Dean Lowry, DE Kenny Clark, and DE Brian Price presently populate the line. ERFA Christian Ringo is expected back. At outside line backer OLB Nick Perry is back. At the position they still have OLB Clay Matthews, OLB Kyle Fackell, OLB Jayrone Elliott, and OLB Derrick Mathews. RFA OLB Jordan Tripp is expected back. At inside linebacker the Packers have no unrestricted free agents. Currently on the roster are; ILB Jake Ryan, ILB Blake Martinez, and ILB Reggie Gilbert. ERFA ILB Joe Thomas is expected back. At cornerback the Packers have no unrestricted free agents and CB Sam Shields has been cut. His concussions were getting the best of him. So the Packer defense could use a shutdown corner back. There are bodies, but good bodies? We will have to see. Currently on the roster are; CB Damarious Randall, CB Quinten Rollins, CB Demetri Goodson, CB Ladarius Gunter, CB Josh Hawkins, CB Makinton Dorleant, CB Devon House, and CB Bene Benwikere. House had a rough time in Jacksonville and was cut after two years. He will try to rekindle the success he once enjoyed in Green Bay. At safety the Packers have no unrestricted free agents. S Morgan Burnette and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are the starters. The backups include S Kentrell Brice, S Marwin Evans, and S Jermaine Whitehead. On offense, QB Brett Hundley will backup QB Aaron Rodgers. Looks like QB Brian Callahan will start camp as the number three quarterback. RB James Starks and RB Eddie Lacy are gone. The only signed roster player is RB Ty Montgomery. Montgomery switched positions last year and made Starks expendable. ERFA RB Don Jackson is expected back. ERFA RB John Crockett will not return. FB Aaron Ripkowski is now entrenched as the starter – when they need him that is. ERFA FB Joe Kerridge is expected back. Veteran wide outs; WR Jordy Nelson, WR Randall Cobb, WR Davante Adams, WR Trevor Davis, and WR Jeff Janis will all return. ERFA WR Geronimo Allison is expected back. Also on the roster are WR Antwan Goodley and WR Max McCaffrey. At tight end the Packers broke off talks with TE Jared Cook. I don’t know conclusively why, but it is likely Cook wanted more than GB was willing to pay. They signed TE Martellus Bennett and TE Lance Kendricks instead. The Packers also have TE Richard Rodgers, TE Beau Sandland, and TE Devon Cajuste. Rodgers and Kendricks provide some quality depth for Bennett. On the offensive line, OG TJ Lang, OC JC Tretter, and OT Don Barclay are unrestricted free agents. Barclay has been re-signed. Tretter and Lang are gone. Returning starters include; OT David Bakhtiari, OC Corey Linsley, OG Lane Taylor, and OT Bryan Bulaga. The other main backups would be OG Lucas Patrick, OT Jason Spriggs, OT Kyle Murphy, and OC Jacob Flores. Spriggs played extensively last year passing up Barclay in the process. Patrick and Murphy have not played last year, but the Packers say they like what they see. We will get to find out how serious they are. In summary, the Packers have re-signed 4 of their own players and 3 players from other teams. Other teams have signed 5 (formerly) Packer players. That means there are 4 remaining Packer unrestricted free agents.
Thompson has now signed 3 free agents from another team – either the NFL will now implode, or Thompson will retire. I doubt the world can stand the stress. But if it does, next month we will be looking at how free agency frenzy is finishing up and how the state of the roster might help determine how they address the draft. See ya then.
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