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Cheese Curds, 1/29: Where do Packers’ priorities lie in free agency?

It’s all about bang for your buck in free agency, so identifying the best values will be at the top of Brian Gutekunst’s mind in the coming weeks.

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As the calendar ticks closer and closer to Super Bowl Sunday, Green Bay Packers fans and media continue to look ahead towards the start of free agency in March. The Packers have eleven players set to become unrestricted free agents, plus a handful more who will be restricted or exclusive-rights free agents as well.

Several of those players will be back, particularly those in the earlier stages of free agency. Geronimo Allison, for example, will almost certainly return on a RFA deal. Lucas Patrick and Justin McCray, for all the Packers struggles at guard, are ERFAs and should return as well.

The tenured veterans are where the biggest questions lie, and it’s unlikely that many — if any — of them will draw big contracts. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland tops our priority list, but there are reasons to think that a few of the other vets may return on short-term deals.

As for outside free agents, one of the common positions that has been discussed is at slot receiver. However, one Packers writer suggests that a good option might already be on the roster in the form of a certain bearded local product. Maybe we can just skip the speculation about Cole Beasley and Jamison Crowder all together if the Packers really like what they have in Jake Kumerow?

Green Bay will need an infusion of talent in free agency one way or another. Now it’s up to Brian Gutekunst to determine where he can get the best values and invest accordingly.

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