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Cheese Curds, 1/17: Which free agents could tempt Packers’ new GM this March?

With two big names re-signed already, Morgan Burnett should lead the list of Packers free agents.

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The Green Bay Packers took care of their top two priorities in free agency before Ted Thompson officially left the GM chair.

Now it’s up to his replacement to arrange the list of priorities for the 2018 free agency cycle.

Brian Gutekunst’s task this season involves fixing a defense, plugging a few critical holes on offense, and deciding what to do with a few veteran players with large salary cap hits. One way to address the first two items is in free agency, both in terms of re-signing former Packers set to hit the market and in looking into those players from other teams.

As has been discussed previously, Gutekunst seems more willing to use the latter method of player acquisition than his predecessor. However, the first order of business will be to decide who to try to bring back from the Packers’ free agent class of 2018. In today’s curds, we look at just that, and we also find a great look at Gutekunst’s personal history, learning how the son of the University of Minnesota football coach rose up through the Packers’ scouting ranks to the top football job in the organization.

No 'musts' on Packers' free-agent list after signing Davante Adams, Corey Linsley - ESPN
Yes, those two were by far the biggest names on the Packers' list of impending free agents, but Morgan Burnett leads the remaining players and, this writer argues, should be a must-sign.

Packers' Brian Gutekunst will be ‘his own man’ as GM |
Ryan Wood goes over the story of how Gutekunst rose from a scouting internship under Ron Wolf to filling Wolf's old shoes as general manager.

Elevated game 'just a starting point' for Damarious Randall |
The Packers have a decision to make about Randall -- as a first-round pick in 2015, the team must decide whether or not to tag him with the team option for his fifth year, which would lock him up through 2019. Given his vastly improved play over the final two-thirds of the season, it's a good bet that they will exercise that option.

Packers interview Colts assistant coach for defensive line opening | Packers Wire
Gary Emanuel has coached in Indianapolis for six years, but he could follow a pair of former Colts assistants to Green Bay.

2018 NFL mock draft: How QB changes will alter the draft -
Here's a new pass-rushing name for the Packers at 14: Tremaine Edmunds from Virginia Tech. He racked up over 30 tackles for loss in two years as a starter and has the build (6'5", 250 pounds) make the transition from 4-3 outside linebacker to 3-4 edge rusher without much difficulty.

Allen Robinson: 'I'll be at 100 percent relatively soon' -
APC's Jordan Smith mentioned Robinson as a potential Packers target in free agency this year, and his price will probably be down due to his return from a torn ACL. He expects to be ready to go in time for training camp, and maybe even for OTAs.