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Cheese Curds, 3/23: Packers are getting active in free agency’s second wave

Tramon Williams’ expected signing and Jordan Matthews’ visit to Green Bay shows that the Packers remain motivated to continue improving the roster via free agency.

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With most of the high-priced players now off the market, teams around the NFL have shifted their focus from finding top-flight starters to key role players and rotational contributors. The Green Bay Packers are in the same situation as every other team in that regard, but reports out of 1265 Lombardi Avenue over the past few days suggest that they remain very active in this next wave of free agency.

The team finally has a free agent cornerback, bringing Tramon Williams back into the fold after he had an excellent bounce-back season for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. While this by no means indicates that the team’s cornerback group is settled — there are still more potential contributors on the market and a draft pick or two at the position seems likely — Williams should be coming in on a relatively inexpensive deal and will bring a great veteran presence to the young group.

Meanwhile, the Packers have showed interest in a notable free agent wide receiver after passing up on a lot of the high-priced talent at that spot in the first week or so. Jordan Matthews’ meeting with the Packers suggests that the team is not done adding to Aaron Rodgers’ arsenal of receiving weapons, a good sign for a team that willingly parted ways with one of his favorite targets a few weeks ago. Matthews is still young — he turns 26 this summer — and he had a few very productive seasons in Philly before dealing with injuries in Buffalo last year.

As we go through the weekend, keep an eye on the Packers, as they clearly are not done with this year’s crop of free agents.

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Williams started his career as a special teamer and backup, and his first big highlight was a punt return score back in 2007. He began starting regularly in 2009, and he was a huge part of the defense in 2010, helping to clinch a win in the wild-card round in Philly and giving the team a commanding lead with a pick-six a week later in Atlanta.

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