Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for March 18, 2014

Jonathan Daniel

Now that the Packers have twice dipped into free agency, the coaches need to figure out how to utilize their new toys.

By their standards, it's been a whirlwind few days for the Packers. Not only did Ted Thompson make a "splash" signing with free agent defensive end Julius Peppers, but Green Bay also came to terms with Letroy Guion, another defensive lineman. While the Packers will likely sign a few more of their own free agents, they've probably finished acquiring players from outside the organization. Accordingly, now's the time for the coaches to figure out how to use their new toys.

Peppers Improves Two Positions: Meet Clay Matthews, the Packers' Newest Inside Linebacker - Cheesehead TV

Brian Carriveau is a veteran of the Packers blogosphere, and while his argument about moving Clay Matthews does make some sense, it's hard to envision it materializing. The coaches could have moved Matthews from his ROLB spot last year to make room for Nick Perry who demonstrated greater competence on the right side of the defense than the left, but decided to stick with the status quo. It seems unlikely then that the coaches would move Matthews to ILB for more than a small handful of snaps (if that).

Updating the NFC North's top free agents - ESPN

Three of the top five free agents are Packers, with only one (Jermichael Finley) still without a contract. It's unknown whether Ted Thompson is interested in bringing back Finley at any price, but the longer he goes without a contract from another team the better the chances are for a return to Green Bay.

Julius Peppers or B.J. Raji: One for the 90s - Lombardi Ave

Weirdly, the question a lot of Packers fans have been asking on Twitter isn't who the next Green Bay free agent signing might be, but rather whether it'll be Julius Peppers or B.J. Raji who wear the number 90 jersey next season. All that's needed now is for Vonnie Holliday to come out of retirement and make this a three-way battle.

Add Letroy Guion to the D-line mix - ESPN

It looks like Letroy Guion's contract includes a $100,000 signing bonus and a top value of $1 million. While that isn't much money by any means, it's probably enough to guarantee him a spot on the final 53 short of a complete disaster of a training camp/preseason.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Hook'em Headlines. His work has previously appeared on Beats Per Minute, Lombardi Ave, and College Hoops Net.
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