It's not a banner group of pass-rushers hitting the NFL's free agent market in 2017. With three top options receiving the franchise tag, Nick Perry of the Green Bay Packers just might be the top option available. Sure, both Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy would like it if he came back to the Packers, but there's at least a decent chance that he'll cash in with a big deal elsewhere.
If that's the case, that would almost certainly force Thompson to look outside the organization for help at outside linebacker. In today's Cheese Curds, we find a couple of intriguing names for that position who might come at a bit of a bargain and who could contribute meaningful snaps for a Packers defense that desperately needs playmakers.
Keep it here at APC throughout the next few days for more Combine news and notes.
Packers' defense needs quick fix | Packersnews.com
Unfortunately, it's tough to find those when you're drafting 29th overall and tend to bring along your rookies slowly.
10 things learned from Mike McCarthy at the scouting combine | Packers.com
We'll continue working on items from McCarthy's pressers on Wednesday, but this is a good snapshot of several different items from his media availability.
One year later: The real winners, losers of 2016 NFL free agency - NFL Nation- ESPN
OH GOOD. Another article criticizing the Packers for letting Casey Hayward go. Apparently sportswriters can't let that story go.
2017 Free Agency Preview: Green Bay Packers | PFF
It has been quiet on the free agent front as usual for the Packers, but edge rushers like Jabaal Sheard and John Simon could be intriguing pieces.
Spielman: 'No idea' what Peterson market will look like - NFL.com
Spielman has also been looking closely at the offense with his coaching staff to see if Adrian Peterson would be a good fit for what they want to do. With the NFL overwhelmingly moving to more shotgun formations, Peterson seems like a dinosaur at this point.
Colin Kaepernick indeed opting out of 49ers contract - NFL.com
This means that the 49ers will not have a single quarterback under contract for 2017. Good luck with that, John Lynch!
Josh Gordon will file for NFL reinstatement, but his time with the Browns is likely over - SBNation.com
Former APC contributor Brendan Kennedy will likely love the idea of bringing Gordon to Green Bay, but don't count on it.
Miami TE David Njoku, NFL Draft Combine Preview | The MMQB with Peter King
Here's a player to watch when the tight ends work out on Saturday - Njoku should be one of, if not the most impressive players at his position.