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Cheese Curds, 3/22: Packers stand pat through free agency’s first wave

The Packers didn’t make any big moves on the free agent market last week — really, any moves at all — but that will likely change in the coming weeks.

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After a few big free agent names inked contracts over the weekend, it’s safe to say that the first phase of free agency is finally over. The last seven days have seen plenty of moves around the NFL, and although the Green Bay Packers still have yet to sign a player who played elsewhere in 2020, there are still plenty of good players available on the market.

The cornerback and defensive tackle positions are still pretty deep in the market, a good sign for the Packers who still have minimal cap space to use on new acquisitions. However, the team elected not to free up about $3.4 million in cap space late last week that they could have easily shifted back to 2022 by adjusting Aaron Rodgers’ contract.

One notable target is off the board, however. As soon as reports emerged that the Chicago Bears were going to release cornerback Kyle Fuller, we at APC and other media outlets speculated about the Packers being a potential landing spot. However, they had practically no time to get involved, as Fuller landed with a new team — and a familiar coach — very shortly after officially hitting the market.

The Packers can still make some moves; there will be cap space to be gleaned from a Davante Adams contract extension, which still makes sense for both parties. But for now, the team is being patient, judging the market, and hopefully will pounce when the right fit comes along.

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