Five things the Green Bay Packers can’t afford to do this offseason.
Green Bay Packers fans have been talking for months about offseason moves, mock drafts and free agency. It’s a fun thing to talk about, but usually something fans aren’t diving into until right around now. While the excitement builds I’m focused on what the Packers shouldn’t be doing this offseason.
Picking as high as No. 14 in the draft isn’t a place the Packers are familiar with. This is the team’s highest pick since 2009, the offseason after Rodgers’ first year as a starter. That year they took B.J. Raji ninth overall.
Packers fans don’t often get excited for free agency. Under former general manager Ted Thompson they were notoriously low spenders. Charles Woodson and Julius Peppers are the only big signings that come to mind in recent years. The misses were minor, but the hits were very rare.
This is an offseason unlike any other. A new front office structure is in place, there are a bevy of draft picks, holes in the roster and perhaps the most urgency to win this franchise has ever seen. The roster feels like a contender with Rodgers running the offense, but 2017 was a rude awakening for everybody around the organization. The Packers may have finally reached a point where even Rodgers can’t carry them.
Let’s look at the five things the Packers absolutely can not do in what may be the most vital offseason in team history.