The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with each of the 2016 last-place teams and now it’s time to focus on the eight division champions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. Now the Green Bay Packers are in the spotlight.
It’s been an unusual offseason for the Green Bay Packers. A team that rarely dips into free agency and has relied on the draft has signed veterans such as tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks and cornerback Davon House (his second stint with the team). This past week, six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans left the Big Easy and moved to Titletown. And on Thursday night in Philadelphia, general manager Ted Thompson traded out of the first round of the draft.
No worries, Green Bay Packer Backers. The team has nine selections in the final six rounds. And they addressed their trouble defensive front and Dom Capers’ unit overall with the signing of Ricky Jean-Francois. The well-traveled defensive end, released by the Washington Redskins this offseason, is more than familiar with the 3-4 defense and adds depth behind ends Mike Daniels and 2016 first-round draft choice Kenny Clark.
This a defensive line that is going to be missing nose tackle Letroy Guion for the first four games due to a league suspension. That puts even more pressure on Capers and company to turn things around. You can be sure that the Green Bay Packers will address the matter in the final two days of the draft. For now, the Redskins’ loss is head coach Mike McCarthy’s gain.