Has Rich Bisaccia replaced Brian Gutekunst as the Green Bay Packers' general manager? It sure feels that way.
Bisaccia helped the Packers make dramatic improvements on special teams last season. A key part of that is signing players who are experienced on special teams.
The Packers haven't made many big moves in free agency so far, but the additions made have almost all helped special teams.
Green Bay has signed safety Tarvarius Moore, who is an experienced special teams player, and long snapper Matt Orzech.
The team has also re-signed cornerback/kick returner Keisean Nixon, cornerback Corey Ballentine, safety Rudy Ford, and tight end Tyler Davis. All of them are key special teams players.
We can now add another name to that list.
Packers reportedly re-signing Dallin Leavitt
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Packers are re-signing Dallin Leavitt. Yet another safety is re-signed. Importantly, Leavitt was a core special teams player for the Packers last season.
Leavitt had played under Rich Bisaccia with the Las Vegas Raiders, before following Bisaccia to Green Bay last offseason.
According to Pro Football Reference, he played on 72 percent of the Packers' special teams snaps.
For far too long, special teams seemed to be an afterthought in Green Bay. They regularly had one of the worst units on fourth down in the NFL. Hiring a veteran special teams coordinator in Bisaccia was a shift in direction. And as long as he is there, he is committed to ensuring the Packers are strong on special teams.
That starts with getting the right players on the roster. Re-signing Leavitt is yet another win for Bisaccia this offseason.