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Cheese Curds, 3/24: With little financial flexibility left, Packers must find bargains

The pressure is on for Brian Gutekunst to find some players on small contracts who can contribute to his team’s success in 2020.

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13 million dollars sounds like a lot of money, particularly where salary cap space is concerned. At this stage of the offseason, however, it’s really not, particularly when your team has several players entering the final year of their contracts and in need of extensions.

That’s the position that the Green Bay Packers find themselves in right now. Yes, that $13 million in cap space could go a ways towards signing one of the higher-priced remaining players on the free agent market. But doing so would severely hamper the team’s ability to extend the likes of Kenny Clark and David Bakhtiari, and that’s saying nothing of the fact that the team still needs to reserve space to sign draft picks and make some in-season moves as well.

With that in mind, the team’s focus must now shift to finding contributors on cheap contracts. It is a bit surprising that a player like Tyler Ervin has not returned yet, and there are other interesting possibilities out there on the market at various different positions. It’s not time to panic that the team has not made any more big splash signings, so long as they bolster the roster with some shrewd ones in the coming days and weeks.

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