4. Free up cap room
The Packers’ decision to adjust Aaron Rodgers’ contract earlier this season, freeing up cap room in the process, perhaps suggests Gutekunst plans to be active in free agency again in March. And that’s the right call. The Packers should once again be all-in on 2020 and use every resource possible to strengthen the roster.
First, they could do with freeing up more cap room and there are various ways to do this.
One option is to release Jimmy Graham. Graham hasn’t produced consistently in this offense but is set for a cap hit of over $11.6 million in 2020, according to Over The Cap. However, if the Packers move on, they’d free up $8 million.
It’ll also be interesting to see whether Gutekunst makes any other adjustments to contracts, allowing the team to create more cap room for the short term.
The Packers aren’t too far away in the NFC, but they’ll need to be active in free agency again in March. Freeing up some more cap room will help them do just that this spring.