With the official start of free agency 24 hours away, reports of players signing with new teams are coming in almost by the minute.
While the Green Bay Packers as of now have not landed one of the early free agent signings, one thing is clear to Packers fans: new general manager Brian Gutekunst is keeping his word.
Gutekunst said at his introductory press conference that he wanted Green Bay to be in “every conversation” when it came to free agents and he meant it. The Packers so far have reached out to or had conversations about Richard Sherman, Jimmy Graham, Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins and Trumaine Johnson.
While some of those players have already signed elsewhere, the fact the Packers were in even in play for them signifies a significant culture change at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
Elsewhere, the first quarterback domino has fallen and it isn’t Kirk Cousins.
More on these topics in today’s cheese curds.
You have to give Gutekunst credit. His remarks about free agency weren’t spoken just to placate fans. He meant them.
“So John Dorsey walked into a ba…” is how the story of Gutekunst’s rise to fame began. What followed was an ascension to the general manager job at one of the NFL’s preeminent franchises while gaining the respect of his fellow scouts along the way.
While Robinson is landing in Chicago and Watkins in Kansas City, the fact the Packers even explored this option might not bode well for the futures of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. With the two big names gone, do the Packers have no choice but to restructure their deals?
The Packers also are one of two choices Graham has, though a reunion with the New Orleans Saints still seems likely.
It’s pretty much the same story as last offseason, except now with Damarious Randall gone the Packers will need to do better than Davon House as a cornerback signing.
Same goes with the tight end. It’s unlikely Martellus Bennett’s bizarre departure will occur again, and there are other names out there besides Graham such as Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Keenum is the first of the free agent quarterbacks to sign and it’s with the Denver Broncos. With Denver out of the running, it’s likely between the Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets for the services of Cousins.