With NFL Free Agency starting on March 15th, teams look to boost their current rosters with veteran players before the NFL Draft. The Green Bay Packers haven’t been known for making huge splashes in free agency, but in their, over one-hundred-year history, they have made some big moves. Here are the top 5 free agents the Packers have acquired.
5. Tramon Williams
Tramon Williams was an undrafted free agent in 2006. In 2006 the Green Bay Packers signed Tramon to the practice squad. From 2006 to 2014, Tramon was a solid cornerback for the Packers. He would have some memorable moments during the 2010 Super Bowl run. Tramon would play for several other teams until 2018, signing with the Packers for a second stint with the team. He would also sign with the practice squad in 2021 for the playoffs. Tramon would be a solid, almost underrated defensive back in the league that helped the them win massive games. Williams would retire on March 26th, 2021, ending his career with 677 tackles, 153 pass deflections, and 34 interceptions. Tramon would also be voted to the 2010 Pro Bowl, and he is a Super Bowl champ.
4. Willie Wood
Hall of Fame safety Willie Wood was an undrafted free agent, playing quarterback out of USC. Wood would try out for the Packers in 1960 then he would make the team and move positions to safety from 1960-1971 for the Green and Gold. Willie would win All-NFL honors nine times from 1962-1971, playing in Pro Bowl eight times. He would go on to win five NFL Championships and two Super Bowls. Willie would lead the league in interceptions in 1962, join the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team. Also would be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame. Wood would retire in 1971 with 48 interceptions.
3. Julius Peppers
In 2014 the Green Bay Packers signed Peppers. Julius would immediately impact the Packer’s defense and help the Packers go onto a playoff run in 2014, making the NFC championship game. Unfortunately, the Packers couldn’t win a Super Bowl with Peppers (only free agent on this list not to), but Peppers was a big veteran help they needed at the time. Peppers would play for the Panthers again from 2017-2018. Peppers would retire in 2018 with three first team All-Pros, Rookie of the year (2002), and 9x Pro Bowl nominations. He would have 719 tackles, 159.5 sacks, and 11 interceptions.
2. Charles Woodson
Charles Woodson would sign with the Green Bay Packers in 2006, with a previous stint with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2006). At the time, Woodson was not thrilled about joining the Green and Gold but would be an immediate impact on the team. Whether he played CB or safety, quarterbacks would still fear Woodson. Woodson would win NFL Defensive Player Of The Year in 2009 and be part of the 2010 Super Bowl team. Charles would play for the them for six years and at a super high level in all six years. Woodson would rejoin the Raiders in 2013-2015 and would retire. Woodson would end his career with 1,105 tackles, 20 sacks, and 65 interceptions. Woodson is also a Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer and a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
1. Reggie White
Packer would make arguably the biggest free agent splash in 1993. He would pay for them for six years and help completely turn round the Packers franchise in the 90s. White would be the Packer’s all-time sack leader and a Super Bowl champion in 1996. In 1998 he would be the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. White was the team leader and was a fan favorite as well. White would retire in 2000 with 1,112 tackles and 198 sacks. Reggie is a Packers Hall of Famer and a Pro Football Hall of Famer.