Despite losing Aaron Rodgers for a large portion of the 2013 season, the Packers still made the playoffs and came very close to ending the 49ers’ season instead of the other way around. With Rodgers under center, this team is among the best in the NFL and is a Super Bowl contender because of how good he is and what he’s proven he can do.
As is typical, the Packers weren’t overly active in free agency but they did take a flier on Julius Peppers, who was cut from the Chicago Bears, and they also spent some money in-house by re-signing cornerback Sam Shields.
Otherwise, the Packers will–as usual–address the majority of their issues with the NFL Draft. They still have some pretty gaping needs, so perhaps some lower tier free agent veterans will compete in camp, but you can expect the Packers to conduct business as usual throughout the offseason.
- DL C.J. Wilson (Raiders)
- WR James Jones (Raiders)
- OT Marshall Newhouse (Bengals)
- C Evan Dietrich-Smith (Buccaneers)
- S M.D. Jennings (Bears)
- CB Sam Shields (re-signed)
- DE/LB Julius Peppers (Bears)
- DL Mike Neal (re-signed)
- TE Andrew Quarless (re-signed)
- NT B.J. Raji (re-signed)
- DL Letroy Guion (Vikings)
- RB James Starks (re-signed)
- FB John Kuhn (re-signed)
Packers Top Needs
The Packers don’t have a ton of major needs, but safety is one of them. Outside of Morgan Burnett, the guys on the roster are Sean Richardson and Chris Banjo.
With Evan Dietrich-Smith off to Tampa Bay, center becomes a potential major area of need for Green Bay. They have J.C. Tretter, whom they drafted in the fourth round a year ago, but this is a position they might look to upgrade.
3. Tight End
Jermichael Finley’s time with the Packers and potentially in the NFL has come to a close. He will try to make a comeback but it’s not likely to be in Green Bay. The Packers could use an early pick on a game changer at the TE position that can stretch the field.
4. Inside Linebacker
5. Wide Receiver
6. Backup Quarterback