Free Agency week is finally here. If you've been living under a rock, the Packers made their first big splash on Saturday evening, re-signing cornerback Sam Shields to a four-year deal worth just under $10 million per year. As we will continue to do with each signing, we have updated our Salary Cap Tracker and Free Agent Signing Tracker posts accordingly.
As B.J. Raji is reportedly considering his contract offer from the Packers and the other free agents are reportedly planning to hit the market tomorrow, don't expect any other signings before now and 3 PM on Tuesday. As always, though, we'll be keeping our eyes out for any news.
Ted Thompson has gotten good value when re-signing Packers - JSOnline
As has been established, Ted pays his own guys whom he thinks deserve to get paid. In more cases than not, he's right.
'We take it seriously' - ESPN Wisconsin
That's Ted Thompson talking about free agency. "We don’t dabble in it too much, but we take it seriously and if we find a way to make our team better, we’re going to get into it and do it."
Northern Illinois' Ward remains among top safeties with strong pro day | Packersnews
He's not big (5'10-3/4", 193) but he did post a very solid Pro Day workout and has good work on tape.
Michael Vick, Golden Tate, Alterraun Verner set to hit NFL free agency | The MMQB with Peter King
According to Peter King, Jairus Byrd wants $9 million annually. That's fascinating, because he reportedly turned down a 3-year, $30 million deal from Buffalo recently.
Sam Shields only part of Packers' defensive fixes needed - ESPN
True, but at least now they can focus exclusively on safety in the secondary instead of having both corner and safety as need positions.
Travis has signed Jairus Byrd; good luck, Travis - Packers.com
Take a wild guess who wrote this: "I really dislike the term 'man crush.' It’s so trendy. It’s so Starbucksish."
2014 NFL free agent rankings: Top 15 free agents at each position - SBNation.com
Let's see where the Packers fall...Flynn #5 QB, Starks #9 RB, James Jones #5 WR, Raji #5 DT, Shields #5 CB, Finley #2 TE and Quarless #12 TE.
Lions owner William Clay Ford has died - Pride Of Detroit
Our condolences go out to the Ford family and Lions fans.