Free agency is officially upon us! The legal tampering period began today, and there have already been some big moves! And the Green Bay Packers seem like they will be looking to make some moves of their own. The Packers fell short in the NFC Championship last year, and they will be looking to use free agency to get over the hump. And while the Packers’ salary cap situation will make it difficult for them to make any big splashes, expect some moves to be made! Here are the latest rumors around Green Bay.
In a tweet from Evan Massey, he states that the Packers have shown interest in former Bengals wide receiver AJ Green. Rumors have circulated that they have talked with Green’s reps. While there are no specific details or offers, there has been interest in the star wide receiver.
In 2018, Green had 694 yards on 46 receptions and six touchdowns in only nine games. After missing the 2019 season due to injury, Green had 47 catches with 523 yards and two touchdowns this past year in 16 games. Green’s production was worse last year than it was in nine games in 2018. But while his best days may be behind him, he still may have some left in the tank.
Cornerback and Defensive Line Interest
While specific players have not been mentioned, a tweet from Rob Demovsky confirms that the Packers will be pursuing cornerbacks and defensive lineman in the free agency market. No specific players yet, but this should not come as a surprise. The Packers brought on Damon “Snacks” Harrison last year for their playoff run to help sure up their line. Kevin King, their cornerback who lined up aside from Jaire Alexander, will also likely be going into the free agency market. With both of these players gone, the Packers will be looking to fill the hole.
A tweet from CJ Golson seems to confirm that the Packers have shown interest in signing the former Cardinal star cornerback. The tweet says that they have reached out to Peterson targeting a short term deal, but nothing concrete has come up from it yet. In a tweet from Josh Weinfuss, he states that Peterson has a list of three teams he wants to sign with. One is the Cardinals, and the other two have made the playoffs the last two years. It is worth mentioning that the Packers have made the playoffs the last two years. Peterson has shown somewhat of a decline with his age, but he is still great, veteran player who could help any team on the field and in the locker room.
*Updated: Peterson has signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Vikings
On Wednesday morning, the Patriots center David Andrews will hit the free agency market. Shortly after it was announced, a tweet by Ben Volin suggests that the Packers are a team that is in consideration, as well as the Falcons, the Dolphins and resigning with the Patriots. On paper, this is a good fit for the Packers. Since Corey Linsley left, Green Bay is in need of a center for the 2021 season. Their line is short staffed right now as well, with David Bakhtiari likely still recovering from a torn ACL for the first part of the season. And Andrews seems like he could solve a lot of offensive line questions that the Packers have for the 2021 season.
Green Bay Signings
Aaron Jones has resigned with the Packers! Green Bay has elected to keep their star running back and sign him to a long term contract. Jones inked a four-year, $48 million deal. This deal includes a $13 million signing bonus as well. Keeping Jones was a priority for the Packers, as he has been one of the best running backs in the league in the past two years. Jones wanting to stay in Green Bay also played a role, as he likely could’ve gotten more money if he hit the market. Last year, Jones had 1,104 rushing yards 1,459 scrimmage yards, and 11 total touchdowns. The previous year, he had 1,084 rushing yards, 1,558 scrimmage yards, and a staggering 19 total touchdowns.
Notable Signings Around the League
Corey Linsley – Los Angeles Chargers
The former center for the Packers gets a huge payday with the Los Angeles Chargers. Linsley signed a five-year deal worth $62.5 million. He will be reunited with long time Packer Bryan Bulaga.
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Nelson Agholor – New England Patriots
The wide receiver, who was drafted in Philadelphia and had a short stint in Las Vegas, signed with the New England Patriots. Agholor signed a two-year deal worth $26 million.
Matthew Judon – New England Patriots
The New England Patriots also brought in linebacker Matthew Judon from the Ravens. Judon scored a four-year, $56 million deal to join the Pats.
John Johnson – Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns make their first big splash for free agency by bringing in the former Los Angeles Rams safety John Johnson. Johnson and the Browns agree on a three-year, $33.75 million deal.
Joe Thuney – Kansas City Chiefs
After letting their starting tackles go, the Kansas City Chiefs look to sure up their line with former Patriots guard Joe Thuney. Thuney agrees to a five-year, $80 million contract with the 2019 season Super Bowl Champions.
Yannick Ngakoue – Las Vegas Raiders
The former Jaguar, Viking, and Raven has found a new home in Las Vegas as the newest Raider. After short stints with the Vikings and Ravens last year, edge rusher Yannkick Ngakoue has signed with Las Vegas on a two-year, $26 million deal.
Ronald Darby – Denver Broncos
After bouncing from Buffalo, to Philadelphia, to Washington D.C., cornerback Ronald Darby is going out west. Darby has signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Denver Broncos.
Kevin Zeitler – Baltimore Ravens
The former guard for the New York Giants will be joining a new team. Kevin Zeitler and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed on a three-year, $22 million deal.
Corey Davis – New York Jets
After parting ways with the Tennessee Titans, wide receiver Corey Davis has found a new home in New York. The New York Jets look to secure their receiving corps next year by bringing in the former first round pick from Tennessee. The Jets and Davis agree on a three-year, $37.5 million deal.
Bud Dupree – Tennessee Titans
Bud Dupree will be moving on from Pittsburgh. The edge rusher who, after a slow start to his career, really started to show his potential the last couple years, will be playing elsewhere this season. The Tennessee Titans signed Dupree for a five-year, $82.5 million contract.
Jameis Winston – New Orleans Saints
After signing Taysom Hill to a huge deal, the New Orleans Saints look to sure up their quarterback room after Drew Brees retirement by resigning Jameis Winston. The Saints and Winston agree to a one-year, $12 million extension to bring back the former first overall pick.
Carl Lawson – New York Jets
The former Bengals pass-rusher Carl Lawson has agreed to terms to play for the New York Jets. Lawson and the Jets agree to a huge three-year, $45 million deal to be the star of that Robert Saleh led defense.
Matt Feiler – Los Angeles Chargers
After the Chargers made Corey Linsley the highest paid center in the league, they make another huge move to improve their offensive line. The Chargers and guard Matt Feiler agree to a three-year, $21 million deal.
Jonnu Smith – New England Patriots
The New England Patriots have had a huge need at tight end since Rob Gronkowski retired, then left retirement to join Tom Brady in Tampa. And they look to address that need by bringing in former Titan tight end Jonnu Smith. Smith and the Patriots agree to a four-year, $50 million contract.
Andy Dalton – Chicago Bears
It seems like the Chicago Bears have found their quarterback. After electing to let Mitch Trubisky walk, the Bears have signed former Cincinnati and Dallas quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton and the Bears have agreed to a one year, $10 million deal with another 3 million in incentives. Our feelings on the signing can be expressed through Adrian Amos’s tweet on the matter.
Hunter Henry – New England Patriots
The Patriots make another huge signing as they look to fill the hole Gronk left a few years ago. After signing Jonnu Smith, the Patriots sign former Chargers tight end Hunter Henry. Henry will be playing for the Patriots on a three-year, $37.5 deal.
Marvin Jones – Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars continue the rebuild with signing former Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones. The Jaguars look to get some weapons around Trevor Lawrence through free agency. Jones and the Jaguars agree on a two-year, $14.5 million.
Shaquill Griffin – Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars continue to look to build around their future first round pick, Trevor Lawrence. Jacksonville has signed star cornerback Shaquill Griffin to a three-year, $44.5 million contract.
Jamaal Williams – Detroit Lions
The former Packers running back has found a new home, and its not far from his old one. After entering the free agency market, Williams elects to stay in the same division as his old team and signs with the Detroit Lions. The Lions signed Williams on a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
Trent Williams – San Francisco 49ers
On November 15th in 2020, Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari became the highest paid left tackle in history. That record lasted about four months, until Trent Williams resigned with the San Francisco 49ers. Williams and the 49ers agree to a six-year, $138.06 million contract. The average per year is $10,000 more than Bakhtiari’s contract. But it’s all love from the Packers left tackle, tweeting his support shortly after.
A.J. Green – Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals are making more moves. After signing J.J. Watt to a huge contract, the Cardinals bring in another aging star in wide receiver A.J. Green. The former Bengal will join the Cardinals on a one-year, $8.5 million contract.
Patrick Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
The former Cardinals star quarterback has found a new home. After rumors that Peterson might be signing with the Packers, he elects to go to Minnesota. Peterson and the Vikings agree to a one-year, $10 million deal.
Will Fuller – Miami Dolphins
Wide receiver Will Fuller will be taking his talents to South Beach. After deciding to leave the dumpster fire that is Houston, the former first round pick has signed a contract to play for Miami. Fuller, who was a potential trade target for the Packers last year before the deadline, signed a one-year, $10 million deal.
Desmond King – Houston Texans
The Texans continue their rebuild by bringing in former Chargers and Titans cornerback Desmond King. The Texans agree on a one-year, $3.5 million deal with King.
Mitchell Trubisky – Buffalo Bills
The former Bear, and Packer favorite, Mitchell Trubisky is moving to Western New York. After Chicago traded up for Trubisky, they elected to not bring him back after four years. Trubisky joins Josh Allen in Buffalo. With Allen quickly rising to stardom, Trubisky will likely be a backup in Buffalo. But he only signed a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Next year, he could be on the market looking for a starting job once again.
Keep an eye out on this article! We will continue to update it with new, notable signings around the league, as well as rumors of potential signings for the Green Bay Packers!