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Thursday Cheese Curds: Combining value with talent will be key for the Packers in free agency

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With the initial flurry of signings done, prices should start to fall into Green Bay’s range

NFL: FEB 25 Scouting Combine Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With the initial flurry of free agent signings done, the time has come to start digging through the clearance rack to find additional talent at a decent price.

For the Green Bay Packers, this is their moment to shine.

General manager Brian Gutekunst added two pieces near the onset of the legal tampering period by adding released players Christian Kirksey and Rick Wagner, but he lacked the salary cap flexibility to go big like he did in 2019.

With the big names all but gone and the prices coming down, this is where Gutekunst can strike and perhaps add a pass catcher or two going into the draft next month.

Names like tight end Eric Ebron and wide receiver Robby Anderson are still out there and though both have some concerns, they could be had for an excellent price while also filling a need and giving Gutekunst more flexibility in the receiver rich draft although Anderson in particular could wind up being too expensive but longer he stays unsigned the more his price will fall.

The Packers could also sign a defensive tackle but with the run of them signing yesterday, the barrel is just about dry there. This means that position could be a priority in the first round of the draft. There’s also the matter of extending Kenny Clark but that won’t likely happen until training camp at the earliest if it happens at all should Green Bay instead opt to use the franchise tag on him next year.

If you’re lamenting the Packers not signing anyone else, relax. If you’ve been paying attention, you should have known this was coming. There’s still time to add value talent and the Packers have always been good at that.

Now for today’s curds.

Packers shopping for bargains after sitting out first free-agency wave—PackersNews.com

The salary cap kept the Packers from repeating last year’s free agent splash, but there’s still talent to be had at a good price once the market stabilizes.

Green Bay Packers: 5 Affordable Remaining Free Agents—Dairyland Express

Could the Packers land Snacks Harrison on the cheap? That would be coup for Gutekunst.

Prospect Primer: TE Thaddeus Moss—Packers.com

His dad was a mortal enemy of the Packers for years but could the son of Randy Moss finally solve the Packers tight end woes?

NFL players react to Tom Brady joining Buccaneers—NFL.com

If there is one fan base who can feel for what Patriots fans are feeling right now, it’s Packers fans. At least Brady didn’t go to a divisional rival!

Coronavirus: Elephants break into farm in self-isolation and get drunk on whisky—Daily Mirror

Humans aren’t the only ones getting stir crazy. It’s like the scene where Dumbo gets drunk.