The Green Bay Packers have opened a new Super Bowl window, proving they can compete with the NFC's heavyweights. Green Bay held its own against the top two seeds in the conference, eliminating the Dallas Cowboys before falling just short against the San Francisco 49ers.
Green Bay hit a home run last offseason. General manager Brian Gutekunst traded Aaron Rodgers, kick-starting the Jordan Love era. A draft class featuring Lukas Van Ness, Jayden Reed, Luke Musgrave, Tucker Kraft, Dontayvion Wicks, Karl Brooks, and Carrington Valentine can become an all-timer.
But the Packers aren't there yet. They need another solid offseason to fix areas of need and continue to build on a strong foundation. Green Bay enters the offseason with under $5 million in cap space. Increasing that number is a priority before Gutekunst gets to work on the roster.
Here's how he can do it.
Note: All salary cap numbers are according to Spotrac.
5. Release Royce Newman
Cap savings: $1 million
Royce Newman is as good as gone. The Packers have no choice but to move on. After two disappointing seasons, they can't trust him to start along the offensive line.
In 2022, Newman was benched after six games. He started two games this season following an injury to Elgton Jenkins, but the Packers soon had to reshuffle the line after Newman struggled. According to PFF, he allowed nine pressures, seven hurries, and one sack in two starts.
Newman barely played after that. Despite having one year remaining on his contract, the Packers may move on this offseason, a decision that would save a little over $1 million.