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PackerPatrick posted:

I am reading stuff about how Hooper is cool with coming to the Packers. I get that. But why would the team want to spend 10+ Mil per year on a TE after releasing a TE getting less? Is he really that much better than Graham? Is that really where the team wants to spend it’s limited cap money? 
If he is, great, but I don’t see it. Am I missing something? 

Or why pay $10 million for a TE when we could draft one at rookie salary?

He's a proven commodity.  He is that much better for the Packers than Graham considering he can do multiple things, like blocking. 

Not a great TE draft?  Yeah, an option is to bring him in so you dump draft picks on big contributors on both lines and a couple of skill guys.

I wouldn't mind picking up Joseph in FA instead.  Price might be better and the experience would be a bonus playing next to Clark.  Keep Fling a Fak for blocking and short passing game and draft another TE alongside Sternberger.  Lazard will play into that TE equation as well.

PackLandVA posted:

So is "unofficial" free agency going to start tomorrow and official FA om Wednesday?  Or is it going to be delayed?

 @AlbertBreer: The NFL sent a memo to teams informing them that league business this week will go forward as scheduled. So ...

• Monday, 11:59 a.m. ET: Deadline for franchise/transition tags
• Monday, 12:00 p.m. ET: Legal tampering window opens.
• Wednesday, 4 p.m. ET: League Year begins.

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Packers cap got hit by the new CBA. Basically a $5.3M reduction in available spending money. If they want to make an UFA moves. This doesn’t account for all of our RFA’s, which we will be keeping a bunch, so I’m guessing we will have to make more roster reductions if we want to shore up any weaknesses with vet FA’s. Lane Taylor is obviously a prime candidate, but Linsley’s $8M cap hit would help. Patrick isn’t a slouch at Center, Jenkins probably wouldn’t be either, I think we could make it work without CL. If push comes to shove I would rather have Bulaga at $12M hit than Linsley and Taylor at $12M.

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Pettine was the Browns' coach when they drafted him.

Solid deal.  I'm guessing a 2 year deal sealed it.  Sounds like he was a cap casuality partially due to injury.  He brings a lot of solid intangibles with the skill set including replacing Martinez as field general.  The injuries he had don't sound long term either but he has to prove he can stay healthy.  Gotta think ILB will still be high priority in the draft.

When he was at his peak, Kirksey got after the quarterback when he was deployed, registering at least two sacks in each of his first four seasons. He’s a high-volume tackler who is built to play the run and the pass.

In just seven games in 2018, Kirksey had career highs in passes defensed (5) and interceptions (2). Like Alexander, Kirksey played special teams throughout his career. He played around 50 percent of the special teams snaps in his first four seasons.

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Hopefully he stays healthy. Good low cost move, probably won't have a huge cap number in 2020, maybe ~$5M. They can probably get similar production to Martinez and then draft a better chase LB to pair with him. I'm curious what Curtis Bolton will do, he's a good fit paired with a thumper like Kirk. 

Henry posted:

I'm guessing that's probably it for FA.

I think we'll see one more "name" FA signing. Maybe a WR/TE/OT that doesn't break the bank. But if this is it and we fill those other holes via the draft that's cool, too. 

Even better if we get the 6" Kirksey from Madden. A Juan Zamboni dream. 

Grave Digger posted:

Hopefully he stays healthy. Good low cost move, probably won't have a huge cap number in 2020, maybe ~$5M. They can probably get similar production to Martinez and then draft a better chase LB to pair with him. I'm curious what Curtis Bolton will do, he's a good fit paired with a thumper like Kirk. 

Pretty sure the Oren Burks experiment is going to continue but I hope they aren't banking on him as a chase guy even though that's what he was drafted for. 

Basically, if Kirksey wasn't injured the past two years he'd be getting a big ass contract.  He does everything Martinez does but also has some coverage skills.

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michiganjoe posted:

Really like that move from the Queens.

They didn't have a choice.  I'm guessing that Harrsion Smith or Everson Griffin money.  I love that move being a Packers fan. 

 

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PackerHawk posted:
Henry posted:

I'm guessing that's probably it for FA.

I think we'll see one more "name" FA signing. Maybe a WR/TE/OT that doesn't break the bank. But if this is it and we fill those other holes via the draft that's cool, too. 

Even better if we get the 6" Kirksey from Madden. A Juan Zamboni dream. 

I'd be happy as shit if they could get Linval Joseph.  Those two signings alone would let Grzzzzz load up on skill guys and oline in the draft.

The Packers sign Christian Kirksey but are reported to be very interested in Cory Littleton? Why both? Or does signing Kirksey mean that the team is no longer interested in Littleton? Inquiring minds want to know.

When the details come out, I am guessing Kirksey is essentially a 1 year, prove it type deal which is fine. From his rookie season through 2017, he was pretty damn solid as a ILB. So if he can stay healthy, that's a good get.

And no, I don't think Gutey is done.    

I don't know how thrilled Prescott will be with this, but he probably doesn't have much choice. A couple of these players may also be available for trade.