The Green Bay Packers have had an interesting offseason.
They actually signed an unrestricted free agent of note for the first time since 2006, when they signed both Charles Woodson and Ryan Pickett.
They also added a couple guys — known as street free agents — who were released by other teams, but likely still have some good years left. Perhaps not quite as impactful, but similar to the Julius Peppers’ signing in 2014.
Of course, the Packers also let a lot of their own free agents sign elsewhere, which means they will get a boatload of compensatory draft picks next year.
How do we rate the best moves of the Packers’ offseason thus far?
Here they are.
3. Re-signing Nick Perry
Perry was the Packers’ top defender in 2016.
He led the team in sacks with 11 and solidified his position as the team’s No. 1 run stopper. He got paid accordingly, getting a five-year, $59 million deal on the day free agency opened.
We now just have to hope his extensive injury history doesn’t get anymore extensive.
The Packers had to make this move and they did.
2. Signing Martellus Bennett
As mentioned, 2006 was the last time the Packers signed a significant unrestricted free agent who hadn’t previously played for them.
The Packers supposedly wanted tight end Jared Cook back and when talks with Cook didn’t progress as the team wanted, they went out and got one of the best tight ends in the game.
Bennett is a stout blocker and an athletic pass catcher. Plus, he’s entertaining!
It’s an upgrade for the Packers’ offense.
1. This Very Moment
Time to take out the trash and win some ballgames, isn’t that right, AR?!