Are the Packers being too cautious this offseason?

Green Bay Packers, Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Brian Gutekunst
Green Bay Packers, Brian Gutekunst (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Brian Gutekunst /

It’s been a standard and somewhat predictable start to the offseason for the Green Bay Packers.

They’ve mostly stayed quiet, using their limited salary cap resources to re-sign Aaron Jones and Kevin King, but not signing any outside free agents.

Once again, this teams feels like they are caught between going all-in but also not risking the future too much.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the polar opposite. The defending Super Bowl champions are going all guns blazing once again as they try to run it back and repeat.

Even with limited cap space, the Bucs franchise-tagged star wide receiver Chris Godwin, extended Tom Brady, and re-signed key players like Shaquil Barrett, Ndamukong Suh, and Rob Gronkowski.

Now, to be fair to the Packers, they are in a different position in some ways. Tom Brady is entering his age-44 season so it makes sense for the Bucs to focus on this year and no other. Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, is only 37 so could still have a few more great seasons ahead of him. Going all-in for 2021 could be risky.

It’s also easy to see why Green Bay is looking beyond the Rodgers era. They transitioned from Brett Favre to Rodgers, ensuring the team stayed competitive for years. Take one look around the NFC North to see how hard it can be to find a franchise quarterback.

Still, think the Bucs are too concerned about their future beyond Brady? No. They are all-in for now. A risky strategy, but one that can pay off with the ultimate prize, as it did for them last month.

The Packers remain caught in the middle. They show signs of going “all-in” by re-signing Aaron Jones, but then show no aggression in the free agency market at cornerback or defensive tackle, instead opting to re-sign Kevin King to a one-year deal.

The offseason is still young and there are talented players still available who can help. The option to restructure Rodgers’ deal or give him an extension is still there, but doing so would make it harder to transition to Jordan Love in the near future. And if they go that route, the Love pick looks to be a mistake.

Brian Gutekunst and Co. want to push for this year, but at the same time protect the future. They’re neither all-in or ready to rebuild with a new QB.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen how this can end up. The Packers having another great season but not quite good enough to go all the way.

There’s still time. In no way has this offseason doomed the 2021 Packers. But, right now, it’s hard to see their plan.