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Cheese Curds, 3/10: Projecting Packers’ WR plans; LaFleur hires a senior assistant coach

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Could the Packers make a splash in the free agent receiver market? That seems unlikely, but maybe a lower-tier player could be the right move.

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With fans and media alike clamoring for the Green Bay Packers to add talent at the wide receiver position, it is reasonable to look to the free agent market for that acquisition. The Packers certainly would benefit from a proven, viable player to take some pressure off Davante Adams, even with the emergence of Allen Lazard last season.

But should the Packers even worry about competing in that free agent arena? That’s a difficult question facing a team that has finite resources and significant needs at the #1 role at other positions.

Our Shawn Wagner mentioned Emmanuel Sanders as a possible option on Monday, and he would probably fit into a second tier of free agent receivers. Perhaps another tier down is Breshad Perriman, a younger player who had a nice end to 2019 but who has a distinct lack of consistent production throughout his career.

Meanwhile, the Packers still need to hire a coach to work with those wide receivers. They did hire an assistant this weekend, but the new coach is not addressing that position, instead coming aboard as a senior assistant with his likely responsibilities involving the offensive line.

Check out that and more in today’s curds.

Free Agent Fits: Breshad Perriman | Packer Report
Could Breshad Perriman fit in Green Bay as a value signing as a free agent? His price tag would be significantly lower than other options like Robby Anderson, but he had a big spike in production late last season to indicate that he can be a useful player moving forward.

Free Agency 2020: Buyer Beware at Receiver | SI.com
Meanwhile, this post makes the argument that the team should just avoid free agent receivers entirely, which makes sense given the high price tags likely to fly around soon.

Playing GM: Forecasting the Packers’ depth chart after free agency, NFL Draft – The Athletic (subscription required)
How will the offseason play out in Green Bay? Matt Schneidman takes a guess at what the team's offseason transactions will look like, which includes letting Bryan Bulaga walk, landing Nick Kwiatkoski and Austin Hooper in free agency, and drafting a very interesting group of players.,

Packers hiring Butch Barry as senior assistant on Matt LaFleur’s staff | Packers Wire
Barry, a Wisconsin native, played at Central Michigan (though not while Matt LaFleur was there) and has some substantial offensive line coaching experience.

Packers' 15th annual Tailgate Tour set for May 15-17 | Packers.com
Fans in La Crosse, Madison, and Milwaukee rejoice -- the Packers are headed to your area for the annual Tailgate Tour!

Police: Intoxicated 20-year-old attempts to steal liquor bottles from Ruby Tuesday | WAVY.com
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