What an important offseason this is for the Green Bay Packers.
Do they run it back with Aaron Rodgers and try to keep their Super Bowl window open? Do they start over, move on from Rodgers either via trade or if he retires, and begin the Jordan Love era?
They really need to pick one of the two. Going in between the two won’t work.
Here’s an overview of the most important offseason dates, according to NFL Football Operations:
Important offseason dates for Packers 2023
February 21: From this date, the Packers will be able to use the franchise/transition tags on their free agents.
A year ago, the Packers used the franchise tag on Davante Adams. There isn’t an obvious candidate in 2023.
February 28-March 6: The Packers will continue their preparations for the draft with the NFL Scouting Combine. A great opportunity to meet with draft prospects, along with the athletic drills.
March 7: The deadline to use the franchise/transition tags.
March 13-15: The Packers can begin to negotiate contracts with free agents from other teams. Any Packers free agent yet to be re-signed can negotiate a deal to join a new team.
March 15: Free agency officially begins. Deals or trades agreed to prior to this can now become official.
All teams can sign free agents but must also ensure they are under the 2023 salary cap before the deadline. The trading window opens on this date, too.
April 17: Packers can begin their offseason workout program.
April 27-29: 2023 NFL Draft. Green Bay currently holds the 15th overall pick in the first round.
May 1: Deadline to make a decision on Jordan Love’s fifth-year option. If Green Bay picks up the option, an extra year would be added to Love’s contract, although it would be fully guaranteed. He would be under contract through the 2024 season.
If Green Bay declines the option, Love would become a free agent after the 2023 season.
May 5-8 or May 12-15: Green Bay will hold its three-day rookie minicamp on one of these weekends.
Later: Following this, the Packers will host organized team activities (OTAs) and mandatory minicamp in May/June, then training camp will likely begin in late July. The dates are yet to be announced.