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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Green Bay Packers are making headlines for their big free agency plans which includes signing Sammy Watkins, Jimmy Graham, and Allen Robinson. Apparently new General Manger Brian Gutekunst is serious about winning and he’s willing to take risks in order to make that happen. Former G.M Ted Thompson was much more conservative when it came to spending but Gutekunst understands Aaron Rodgers is getting older and his contract is coming to an end in a couple of years. By bringing in Watkins, Graham, and Robinson those moves are meant to optimize Aaron Rodgers’ talents. Which could also prevent Rodgers from skipping town in 2020. The real question is whether or not the Packers are going to be able to land all of these guys? Each player has their own agenda and will be pursuing what’s best for them (pay, role, location). In theory it’s nice to publicly announce you would like to have that trio of free agents but what if Green Bay ends up striking out on all of those players? Suddenly the tides could completely turn and the Packers could be left looking desperate and depleted. That wouldn’t sit well at all with Rodgers who has already been frustrated with the organization for firing his Quarterback Coach Alex Van Pelt. So there’s certainly a lot riding on these moves but there’s no doubt Green Bay will be much better if they hit for the trifecta and sign all three pass catchers. With those additions this offense could average over 30 points per game and really get this franchise back in the hunt. That would be ideal because every team in the NFC North seems to be trending upwards right now. The competition is fierce and Gutekunst needs to make splash to put his team in a position to win. It’s easy to believe the Packers could compete for a championship with Watkins, Graham, and Robinson taking this passing game to the next level.
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