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Cheese Curds, 2/13: Which defensive free agents will tempt Packers?

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In a few weeks, we’ll see just how serious Brian Gutekunst is about using free agency to improve the Packers’ roster.

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The Green Bay Packers appear poised to invest in free agents more in 2018 than in years past, due in large part to Brian Gutekunst replacing Ted Thompson as general manager. However, one thing that has not changed is that the price must be right — Russ Ball will see to that.

With the defense in need of some attention from the personnel department, it’s tempting to look at some of the top free agents on that side of the football to see who might be a good fit for Mike Pettine’s unit. Malcolm Butler of the Patriots is a name that has come up quite a bit of late, but there are some other interesting names in the top group.

A pair of Rams defensive backs could be tempting, and both are projected by Spotrac to receive contracts in the realm of $10 to $11 million. Would the Packers pass up on re-signing one of their own in favor of someone from out of town?

We’ll find out in a few weeks.

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When basing the calculations on last year's records, the Packers' .539 opponents' winning percentage ranks as the hardest, just ahead of the Lions and Saints at .535.

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Is there any team with a better 1-2 punch on the interior of the defensive line than the Packers with Mike Daniels and Clark? I submit to you that there is not.

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Our own Peter Bukowski has been angling for the Packers to let Morgan Burnett leave and sign Butler; could he be Brian Gutekunst's first splashy free agent signing?

Green Bay Packers will face NFL's (supposed) toughest schedule in 2018 - ESPN
When basing the calculations on last year's records, the Packers' .539 opponents' winning percentage ranks as the hardest, just ahead of the Lions and Saints at .535.

Kenny Clark an emerging force on Green Bay Packers' defense | Packersnews.com
Is there any team with a better 1-2 punch on the interior of the defensive line than the Packers with Mike Daniels and Clark? I submit to you that there is not.

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Butler ranks 16th, while a pair of Rams defensive backs -- LaMarcus Joyner and Trumaine Johnson -- slot in ahead of him in 12th and 13th.

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