As the draft rapidly approaches, and we put free agency behind us, let’s take a moment to document all the things that happened (or didn’t).
Everyone knows how right they are about every free agency moves – and we never see revisionist histories in Packer Nation – but just in case, we’ll write a few things down to look at next year.
Here were the highlights of Packer conversations during free agency this year:
- Landon Collins was a must-have since he’s an All Pro safety and we need a safety.
- Earl Thomas was the kind of proven vet that would guarantee a Super Bowl (and I only a select few fans thought he may possibly get hurt again).
- A very large contingent of fans insisted on trading the #30 overall pick for Antonio Brown because there’s “no question he’s a hall of famer” and would lead them to a title (I wasn’t on board).
- The media did their darndest to make a story out of Le’veon Bell to Green Bay.
- Lots of fans wanted to trade the #30 overall pick for Dee Ford.
- A surprising number of nostalgic fans wanted to bring back TJ Lang and Josh Sitton to solve the problems at guard (even though the two combined to play in – but not finish – a total of 7 games between the two of them in 2018).
- There was a lot of wailing, teeth gnashing, and fans leaving the team after the Packers went 12 hours without signing a free agent. Then they dropped bombs!
- The team signed Adrian Amos away from the Bears, prompting Chicago fans to universally insist that he’s terrible and Ha-Ha Clinton Dix is way better.
- The Packers also signed Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith, which got a lot of fans feeling like team’s problems at edge are solved.
- Signing Billy Turner seemed like a nice move to get a swing guy on offensive line, but felt a little expensive.
Next year, we’ll pop this puppy open and see how things panned out.