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Cheese Curds, 3/28: Packers participating, but maybe not ‘aggressive,’ in free agency

Green Bay has been involved in a lot of free agent discussions, but it has led to only a few signings to this point.

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When new Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst used the word “aggressive” to describe his approach to free agency, a large swath of Packers nation was thrilled.

To many, they took this to mean that the team would make a drastic departure from the Ted Thompson method, where free agency was all but an afterthought as drafting and developing was the only significant method of player acquisition. Gutekunst would land high-profile free agents at positions of serious need and then bolster the roster’s few remaining holes through the draft.

After two full weeks of free agency, it’s clear that those expectations were too ambitious. Yes, the team has signed a trio of players with a couple of them being relatively big names, but that’s not enough for many. And at the same time, the results have seemed to fall a bit short of the “aggressive” description, although the deals that the team pursued that did not happen (Allen Robinson and Kyle Fuller, for example) would probably fit that adjective.

Still, it’s clear that the Packers are being viewed and view themselves as a real player in free agency, even if the purse strings are being clutched rather tightly in most cases.

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