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Cheese Curds, 3/19: Packers’ search for free agent CB help enters week two

The Packers couldn’t land a free agent corner last week, so now it’s officially on to a lower tier of players.

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The Green Bay Packers and the rest of the NFL are now into week two of free agency, and most of the top players on the market have been scooped up. There are only a handful of cornerbacks left unsigned at this point, and with the Packers needing help in the secondary, that group appears to be in short supply.

In fact, among the Top 100 Free Agents list from SB Nation, 16 players are cornerbacks but just four have yet to sign a contract: E.J. Gaines (formerly of the Buffalo Bills), Bashaud Breeland (Washington), and Justin Bethel and Tramon Williams (Arizona Cardinals).

To be fair to general manager Brian Gutekunst and company, they have been expressing interest in several of the top options at the position; they were connected to players like Trumaine Johnson, Bashaud Breeland, and Rashaan Melvin. Furthermore, they sign the BearsKyle Fuller to an offer sheet, but under the terms of the transition tag Chicago was able to match.

The effort is there; now it is up to Gutekunst and company to refocus on the next tier of cornerbacks and to perform some serious scouting on rookies in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

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