5 free agents Green Bay Packers must sign before Week 1

The Packers need to make these moves before the season opener.
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The Green Bay Packers have set their 53-man roster ahead of their Week 1 matchup on the road against the Chicago Bears. General manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur have one of the youngest rosters in the league but also one of the most talented, and there will certainly be opportunities to upgrade and tinker throughout the season.

So why not do it before Week 1? Teams are probably not going to make many major moves before their first game at this point, but the Packers could look to make some of these moves ahead of Week 1 in preparation for the weeks that follow. Although you want to get a fair evaluation of what you already have, you never know when you're going to need additional depth in certain spots.

Let's take a look at a handful of moves the Green Bay Packers could consider before Week 1 of the 2023 season, or not long after.

5 players the Green Bay Packers should look to sign soon (ish)

1. Dalton Risner, OL

I will continue to pound the table for someone to sign Dalton Risner. Why has no one done it? Well, the unfortunate answer to that question is that Risner may have gotten himself blacklisted by NFL teams on Christmas Day last year, when his frustration got the better of him and he not only got called out by Denver Broncos QB Brett Rypien for not helping Russell Wilson up after a sack, but then Risner actually shoved Rypien pretty hard on the sideline.

Aside from that incident, Risner has always given the impression that he is a stand-up guy who was actually the Denver Broncos' Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee last year. Risner was a starter for four seasons in Denver. He was a second-round pick in 2019.

Can you ever have enough good offensive line depth in today's NFL? I think Risner is a good fit in Green Bay's offense and he'd be getting with one of the best OL developers in the game in Adam Stenavich.