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Cheese Curds, 3/13: Analyzing Bennett & Kendricks signings and the first weekend of Free Agency

Green Bay made a big splash to bolster the offense's receiving weapons, but there is still work to do on defense.

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The Green Bay Packers shocked the football world on Friday night when they actually signed an unrestricted free agent. Not only that, but it was a big-name player - tight end Martellus Bennett, who was arguably the top tight end available. Then they doubled down at the position, adding Lance Kendricks on Saturday.

While these moves are big for the offense and for Aaron Rodgers' arsenal, a few of the Packers' signings elsewhere leave the defense in question. Micah Hyde and Julius Peppers have departed for new teams, and although the Packers were able to re-sign Nick Perry, there are still question marks at all levels of the defense. We'll hope for a few of those questions - particularly at cornerback and edge rusher - to be answered in short order.

One answer that apparently will not be in the cards is former Packer Davon House, recently released by the Jaguars. We'll discuss more in detail, but word on the street is that he's nearing a deal with a team not named the Packers.

Stay tuned - there is plenty more to come in free agency.

Martellus Bennett excited to join Packers |
Wes Hodkiewicz sits down with the first of the Packers' new tight ends, who has played for a host of historic franchises: the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, Patriots, and now the Packers.

Bennett's new number? It's up to the fans |
This is hilarious - Bennett is letting Packers fans vote on what number he will wear in Green Bay next season. He also said that "from what (he) heard," 88 -- his most recent number -- will NOT be available. It’s interesting, since the team already said they would be changing Ty Montgomery's number, but Montgomery is now saying that he’ll stick with it. Meanwhile, Bennett has worn 80, 83, and 85 in the past, though, and perhaps the other signing that came down the pike will affect the choices available to him.

Lance Kendricks excited to come home |
Here's part two with Kendricks, a native of Milwaukee and graduate of both Rufus King high school and the University of Wisconsin. Needless to say, he's excited to move on from mediocre quarterback play with the Rams to play with one of the best in Aaron Rodgers.

Team-by-Team Free-Agent Analysis | The MMQB with Peter King
Here's a line from the breakdown of the Packers: "We've been beating the drum for Jared cook to re-sign ... what we didn't consider: the Packers taking this a step further by signing an even more dynamic version of Cook. That's what Bennett is."

8 low-key signings that could have big impacts | PFF
JC Tretter's departure for Cleveland is on this list, and he certainly solidifies the middle of the Browns' offensive line.

2017 NFL mock draft: Free agency fallout -
Perhaps it's no surprise after T.J. Lang's signing with the Lions - SB Nation's Dan Kadar projects Forrest Lamp to the Packers this week.

Washington CB Sidney Jones suffers apparent left leg injury -
Jones was getting a lot of attention in mock drafts for the Packers, and Mike Mayock even had him as his top cornerback in this year's draft. It was later revealed that the injury is a torn Achilles, which could keep him out for all of 2017.