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beast  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 2:45:30 PM(UTC)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
UFAs can sign with any team

OLB Clay Matthews
WR Randall Cobb
DL Muhammad Wilkerson
TE Marcedes Lewis
TE Lance Kendricks
OL Byron Bell
CB Davon House
CB Bashaud Breeland
LB Jake Ryan
S Eddie Pleasant


RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
(Teams can put a tender on them restricting them, if no tenders then they're basically UFAs)
Projected Tender Price Options
1st Round Tender: $4,449,000
2nd Round Tender: $3,124,000
Original Round Tender: $2,045,000

WR Geronimo Allison
S Kentrell Brice
S Ibraheim Campbell


EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
(Pretty Cheap contracts if the Packers want to keep them, I don't have the price number right now, but player can only sign with the Packers unless the Packers choose not to offer a contract then they're basically a UFA)

OL Lucas Patrick
OL Justin McCray
OL Adam Pankey
OLB Reggie Gilbert
TE Robert Tonyan
WR Jake Kumerow
DL Fadol Brown
RB Lavon Coleman


POTENTIAL CAP RELEASES (amount it would save)
** = means if released before their mid-March roster bonus

OLB Nick Perry ($31.7** million over 3 years) ($10.56 million per year average)
TE Jimmy Graham ($17** million over 2 years) ($8.5 million per year average)
DT Mike Daniels ($8.3125 million over 1 year)
OC Corey Linsley ($14.65** million over 2 years) ($7.325 million per year average)
OT Bryan Bulaga ($6.6625 million over 1 year)
DB Tramon Williams ($4.75** million over 1 year)
OG Lane Taylor ($8.61** million over 2 years) ($4.305 million per year average)
K Mason Crosby ($3.6 million over 1 year)

wpr  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:10:46 PM(UTC)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
UFAs can sign with any team

DL Muhammad Wilkerson
TE Marcedes Lewis
TE Lance Kendricks
OL Byron Bell
LB Jake Ryan

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
No tender offers attached:
WR Geronimo Allison
S Kentrell Brice



EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
(Pretty Cheap contracts if the Packers want to keep them, I don't have the price number right now, but player can only sign with the Packers unless the Packers choose not to offer a contract then they're basically a UFA)

OL Lucas Patrick
OL Justin McCray
OLB Reggie Gilbert
TE Robert Tonyan
WR Jake Kumerow



POTENTIAL CAP RELEASES (amount it would save)
** = means if released before their mid-March roster bonus
Keep as of now:
OLB Nick Perry ($31.7** million over 3 years) ($10.56 million per year average)
TE Jimmy Graham ($17** million over 2 years) ($8.5 million per year average)
DT Mike Daniels ($8.3125 million over 1 year)
OC Corey Linsley ($14.65** million over 2 years) ($7.325 million per year average)
OT Bryan Bulaga ($6.6625 million over 1 year)
OG Lane Taylor ($8.61** million over 2 years) ($4.305 million per year average)
K Mason Crosby ($3.6 million over 1 year)


I will probably regret some of these choices but oh well.
gbguy20  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:15:24 PM(UTC)
Is that cap savings or cash savings?
nerdmann  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:34:03 PM(UTC)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
UFAs can sign with any team

OLB Clay Matthews GONE. Thanks for everything Clay.
WR Randall Cobb GONE. Maybe come back at a significant pay cut, but we've got enough "guys" at the position. Can't change direction like he used to and couldn't stay on the field this year. Still young, but we need his roster spot.
DL Muhammad Wilkerson RETURN. Another prove it deal, won't cost much.
TE Marcedes Lewis RETURN: I'd bring him back. LeFleur likes those blocking TEs.
TE Lance Kendricks RETURN: Let's see what he looks like in the new offense. Has to make the team, though.
OL Byron Bell GONE.
CB Davon House RETURN: I mean yeah, time to move on. But you never know, injuries could strike. Granted they will probably strike him as much or more than anyone, but it's good to have depth here. Has to make the team.
CB Bashaud Breeland RETURN: Dude could be our #2 if King goes down again and Jackson still needs development. Will have to increase his pay, but he's worth it.
LB Jake Ryan GONE. Maybe let him try to make the team. We have enough slow run stuffing ILBs.
S Eddie Pleasant RETURN: Depth guy. Let him make the team if he can. Won't cost much.


RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
(Teams can put a tender on them restricting them, if no tenders then they're basically UFAs)
Projected Tender Price Options
1st Round Tender: $4,449,000
2nd Round Tender: $3,124,000
Original Round Tender: $2,045,000

WR Geronimo Allison RETURN. But he has to make the team. Could beat out Kumerow as the backup perimeter guy.
S Kentrell Brice RETURN. But not with an expensive contract. Do not expect him to start. Depth guy, we are thin at S. Has to make the team.
S Ibraheim Campbell RETURN. Inexpensive depth guy. Has to make the team.


EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
(Pretty Cheap contracts if the Packers want to keep them, I don't have the price number right now, but player can only sign with the Packers unless the Packers choose not to offer a contract then they're basically a UFA)

OL Lucas Patrick RETURN. He can back up at C, right?
OL Justin McCray GONE. Injury took it's toll.
OL Adam Pankey RETURN. If he can make the roster.
OLB Reggie Gilbert RETURN. Let him try to make the team one more time. But use both first rounders on the position.
TE Robert Tonyan RETURN.
WR Jake Kumerow RETURN. Let him beat out Geronimo to be the backup perimeter guy.
DL Fadol Brown GONE.
RB Lavon Coleman GONE.


POTENTIAL CAP RELEASES (amount it would save)
** = means if released before their mid-March roster bonus

OLB Nick Perry ($31.7** million over 3 years) ($10.56 million per year average) RETURN. He gets one more year, but his pitch count is LIMITED behind the two first rounders we have to spend on this position. Dude is strictly a depth guy to keep him healthy.
TE Jimmy Graham ($17** million over 2 years) ($8.5 million per year average) RETURN. Let's see what LeFleur can do with him. If Pettine can get Fackrell to the QB 10.5 times, I bet our new HC can make use of Jimmy. A newly drafted guy is gonna take a year or two.
DT Mike Daniels ($8.3125 million over 1 year) RETURN. Pay the man.
OC Corey Linsley ($14.65** million over 2 years) ($7.325 million per year average) RETURN. Worth the money.
OT Bryan Bulaga ($6.6625 million over 1 year) RETURN. Would be a better swing tackle than Spriggs. Fewer snaps would keep him healthier too. Presuming Spriggs can become a player.
DB Tramon Williams ($4.75** million over 1 year) RETURN. Veteran presence, he's our starter at S.
OG Lane Taylor ($8.61** million over 2 years) ($4.305 million per year average) RETURN. Nothing special, but doesn't break the bank.
K Mason Crosby ($3.6 million over 1 year) RETURN. But bring in serious competition.
beast  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 5:47:50 PM(UTC)
gbguy20 said: Go to Quoted Post
Is that cap savings or cash savings?


Considering the cap follow the cash, it's actually both... because when you're looking at the entire contract, they're the same thing... just the accounting per year is different in the cap.

To give an example of the first person listed and the highest amount... Nick Perry

Cash Savings By Year
2019: $10.737500 million
2020: $10.6 million
2021: $10.4 million
Total Cash Savings: $31.7375 million

Cap Savings By Year
2019: $3.3375 million (because the entire 3 years of dead cut space goes against the first year when released)
2020: $14.3 million
2021: $14.1 million
Total Cap Savings: $31.7375 million


So the total amounts (which is what I used) is the same in either method... but the cap savings isn't until year two, but that doesn't really matter because you can sign players to use 2020 cap space instead of 2019... so it's fair (in my opinion) just to look at the averages.
gbguy20  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:20:11 PM(UTC)
Thanks for the breakdown. I like looking at cap savings by year rather than cash. Looking at cash is misleading because in the above example it makes it look like we free up 10 mill in cap space by cutting Perry, but in the cap example it shows the real number of 3.something million. Makes more sense in my head like that.
beast  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:33:07 PM(UTC)
gbguy20 said: Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for the breakdown. I like looking at cap savings by year rather than cash. Looking at cash is misleading because in the above example it makes it look like we free up 10 mill in cap space by cutting Perry, but in the cap example it shows the real number of 3.something million. Makes more sense in my head like that.


Your welcome... but I think you have it backwards... as the cash is correct saving and the cap (which is indirectly following the cash) is the misleading one.

It looks like we free up 10 million in cap space by cutting Perry, because IT DOES free up 10 million in cap space... it's just not immediately... because you have to immediately pay off the dead cap space the first year (when ever a player is cut).

The cash is right, the cap is misleading...
gbguy20  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:36:41 PM(UTC)
I should say it looks like we free up 10 in the first year. But we don't, we free up 3.something
beast  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:53:16 PM(UTC)
gbguy20 said: Go to Quoted Post
I should say it looks like we free up 10 in the first year. But we don't, we free up 3.something
That's completely unimportant though... as you can move and it change the cap space from one year to another, just like the Packers did under Sherman with Favre's contract... you can take cap space from 2020 and put it into 2019... so which year it is in, is completely unimportant (unless you've over the cap in the current year, then it's important).

What matters is they actually do free up 31 million in cap space (over 3 years)... which they can use.


Edit: But cutting Packers (before his roster bonus) would free up the cash amounts of the years... that cash amount is the actually amount you would lose if he's on the roster for the year... cash amounts are correct and the cap is misleading accounting so they can spread signing bonus over multiple years, even though the cash all goes out the first year. So cutting Perry would save $10 million in year one, just the accounting is misleading, delayed reaction to the cash.

Updated by user Tuesday, February 5, 2019 7:59:27 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

beast  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 8:17:49 PM(UTC)
Keepers
OLB Clay Matthews (or another edge rusher, but I like Matthews versatility)
DL Muhammad Wilkerson (we'll cut Brice for you if that what it takes to get you back :P )
TE Marcedes Lewis (maybe one of these two TEs and not both)
TE Lance Kendricks (I think LaFleur could actually use 2 TEs sets so maybe both)
LB Jake Ryan (one year prove it deal)
WR Geronimo Allison
S Kentrell Brice (benefit of the doubt that maybe he can improve and because we got bad depth at the position with him, without him is worse)
All the ERFAs are they're fairly cheap and I don't believe guaranteed anything if they don't make the roster
TE Jimmy Graham
DT Mike Daniels
OC Corey Linsley (I don't like paying a Center that amount, but it looks like it's going rate for top Centers and according to PFF he played like one of the top Centers, but so is Tretter at $3 million cheaper, though he couldn't stay healthy in GB)
OT Bryan Bulaga
DB Tramon Williams (as the only decent FS option, it'd be smart to keep him, even if we get another FS as we need a back-up option)


Getting Rid Of
WR Randall Cobb
OL Byron Bell
CB Davon House
CB Bashaud Breeland (I like him, but he got over paid in FA last year by the Panthers)
S Eddie Pleasant
S Ibraheim Campbell
OLB Nick Perry (if Matthews and Wilkerson are back (or two others potential edges, buh bye Perry)


On the fence
OG Lane Taylor
K Mason Crosby

They're probably both keepers... but it wouldn't hurt to try to find someone to beat them out, then if they lose their job cut them.
gbguy20  
#11 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 8:46:48 PM(UTC)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
UFAs can sign with any team

OLB Clay Matthews Gone.
WR Randall Cobb Gone.
DL Muhammad Wilkerson Gone.
TE Marcedes Lewis Gonee.
TE Lance Kendricks Resign.
OL Byron Bell Gone.
CB Davon House Gone.
CB Bashaud Breeland Resign.
LB Jake Ryan Resign.
S Eddie Pleasant Resign.


RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
(Teams can put a tender on them restricting them, if no tenders then they're basically UFAs)
Projected Tender Price Options
1st Round Tender: $4,449,000
2nd Round Tender: $3,124,000
Original Round Tender: $2,045,000

WR Geronimo Allison Resign - Original Round Tender.
S Kentrell Brice
S Ibraheim Campbell


EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
(Pretty Cheap contracts if the Packers want to keep them, I don't have the price number right now, but player can only sign with the Packers unless the Packers choose not to offer a contract then they're basically a UFA)

OL Lucas Patrick Resign.
OL Justin McCray Resign.
OL Adam Pankey Resign.
OLB Reggie Gilbert Resign.
TE Robert Tonyan Resign.
WR Jake Kumerow Resign.
DL Fadol Brown Gone.
RB Lavon Coleman Gone.

Obviously, all of these guys would be fighting for roster spots in training camp.


POTENTIAL CAP RELEASES (amount it would save)
** = means if released before their mid-March roster bonus

OLB Nick Perry ($31.7** million over 3 years) ($10.56 million per year average) Gone.
TE Jimmy Graham ($17** million over 2 years) ($8.5 million per year average)
DT Mike Daniels ($8.3125 million over 1 year)
OC Corey Linsley ($14.65** million over 2 years) ($7.325 million per year average)
OT Bryan Bulaga ($6.6625 million over 1 year)
DB Tramon Williams ($4.75** million over 1 year)
OG Lane Taylor ($8.61** million over 2 years) ($4.305 million per year average)
K Mason Crosby ($3.6 million over 1 year)

I would have chosen to cut Graham for the sake of this post, but since it sounds like that isn't going to happen, I will leave him. Let's cut Perry though, just for kicks. In my opinion anyone who suggests cutting Linsley is insane. He is 1 of only 2 very good players on our line, and one who is always healthy. For everyone complaining about the interior of our line, why the hell would we cut our great center?

Spotrac puts us at $34,166,842 in cap space (top 51). Cutting Perry saves us $3,337,500 in cap space THIS season. That puts us at $37,504,342 in cap space going into free agency. Lets look at how much it will cost to resign the above guys. I'm not a contract expert, so for the sake of this post I am going to take the estimated yearly average they will get, and just count that as cap space taken up. Signing bonuses, etc not accounted for in this scenario.

TE Lance Kendricks Resign. Made 2 million last season, I don't see him earning a raise. 2 million.
CB Bashaud Breeland Resign. Spotrac estimates his market value at 7 million.
LB Jake Ryan Resign. Mad 2 million last season, lets call it the same this year.
S Eddie Pleasant Resign. $790k last year, call it the same.
OL Lucas Patrick Resign. $555k
OL Justin McCray Resign. $555k
OL Adam Pankey Resign. $555k
OLB Reggie Gilbert Resign. $555k
TE Robert Tonyan Resign. $555k
WR Jake Kumerow Resign. $555k

Add up all that and it brings us to $15,120,000. That leave us with $22,384,342 left for the draft and free agency. After resigning these guys, lets look at our 2019 roster to see what holes he have to fill with that money.


OFFENSE
QB
Aaron Rodgers
Deshone Kizer
Tim Boyle

RB
Aaron Jones
Jamaal Williams
HOLE Address in Draft
Kapri Bibbs
Danny Vitale

WR
Davante Adams
HOLE Address in free agency. Hopefully Cole Beasley.
Geronimo Allison
MVS
Equanimeous St Brown
J'Mon Moore
Jake Kumerow
Allen Lazard
Trevor Davis

TE
Jimmy Graham
HOLE Address in draft (hopefully one of the Iowa guys)
Lance Kendricks
Robert Tonyan

LT
David Bakhtiari
Jason Spriggs
Alex Light

LG
Lane Taylor
HOLE Address in Draft
Justin Mccray
Nick Siragusa

C
Corey Linsley

RG
HOLE Address in FA or Draft
Lucas Patick
Adam Pankey

RT
Bryan Bulaga
HOLE Address in FA or Draft

I really think we sign a WR in FA. Which will be pricey, lets be conservative and call that 8 million per year. Cole Beasley. Assuming the rest of the offensive holes are filled with the draft. That 22 million just dwindled to 14 million. We haven't even got to the defense yet. This is why I have been saying when it comes to resigning our own and then trying to address the remaining holes, our cap space does not get us very far. Hopefully, some creative accounting pushes some of the cap usage down a year or two.

DEFENSE
Defensive Line
Mike Daniels
Kenny Clark
HOLE Address in FA. Hopefully Ezekiel ansah.
Dean Lowry
Tyler Lancaster
Montravious Adams
James Looney

ILB
Blake Martinez
Jake Ryan
Antonio Morrison
Oren Burks

OLB
HOLE Address in Draft
HOLE Address in Draft
Kyler Fackrell
Reggie Gilbert
Kendall Donnerson

CB
Jaire Alexander
Kevin King
Bashaud Breeland
Josh Jackson
Tony Brown
Natrell Jamerson
Will Redmond

SAFETY
Tramon Williams
HOLE Address in FA. Hopefully Landon Collins.
Josh Jones
HOLE Address in the draft
Eddie Pleasant
Raven Greene

I see us signing a defensive lineman in FA and a safety. The safety should come cheap, say 2-4 million in today's market. Collins or one of the other four guys. Defensive lineman is going to be costly. Say 8-14 million. Ziggy Ansah. Or we could resign Wilkerson rather cheap, but i'd rather not.

The rest of the holes have to be filled in the draft.

With only $14 millions left in cap space for the defense, the safety and lineman take all of that. Leaving nothing left for the draft. So, we might have to make another cut to create space (just cut Jimmy Graham Gute!) or creative accounting to push the cap space usage into years down the road.

In summary, once we resign our own guys (AND cut Perry) it is tough to sign any more than 3 free agents to fill in any holes with a solid player. It also leaves many holes left to fill in the draft/undrafted. We've got a lot of work to do this offseason, and it is going to be tough to do. We're going to have to nail the draft, and get creative with contracts. I'm running out of time here, or I'd go into more detail and scenarios, as the money obviously isn't working at this point.

Resign some guys, cut another guy or two for some savings. Then sign Cole Beasley, Landon Collins and Ziggy Ansah and nail every single draft pick and our team looks great.

Anywho...

Updated by user Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:44:44 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

beast  
#12 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:53:04 PM(UTC)
gbguy20 said: Go to Quoted Post

Spotrac puts us at $34,166,842 in cap space (top 51). Cutting Perry saves us $3,337,500 in cap space THIS season.

CB Bashaud Breeland Resign. Spotrac estimates his market value at 7 million.


Just trying to explain further, when you sign a player to a multi year deal with signing bonus the cap hit is delayed just like it getting back from players is delayed so it all evens out.

Using your example say we give Breeland a 2 year, 14 million dollar deal that average 7 million per season.

Cash break down is
$6 million signing bonus (gets right away)
2019 base salary: $1 million (low because he's already getting the signing bonus this year)
2020 base salary: $7 million

The cap breakdown would be
2019: $4 million
2020: $10 millions

So both the released contract and the future muliyear deal with signing bonus are delayed and not evened out... meaning it's just fine that it's in 2020 and not 2019, you can still go sign a player now, you don't have to wait to use that money.

gbguy20 said: Go to Quoted Post
In my opinion anyone who suggests cutting Linsley is insane. He is 1 of only 2 very good players on our line, and one who is always healthy.
I expressed displeasure is the amount of his contract... same thing people do with Graham and Bulaga. I want to cut the contract price, not the player.

I would of it for Graham too but that's basically everyone opinion. I don't want to cut the player just the amount of the contract.

And the Packers have 3 very good players on the OL.... Linsley has played 87.5% of the games which includes all of 2017 where he played 16 games but very poorly because he was playing injured the basically the entire season. Got to give him credit for toughing it out, but at the same time he hasn't been always healthy.

Over the same time span Bulaga has played 77.5% of the games. Bak has played 95% over that same time frame.
gbguy20  
#13 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:07:39 PM(UTC)
beast said: Go to Quoted Post
Just trying to explain further, when you sign a player to a multi year deal with signing bonus the cap hit is delayed just like it getting back from players is delayed so it all evens out.

Using your example say we give Breeland a 2 year, 14 million dollar deal that average 7 million per season.

Cash break down is
$6 million signing bonus (gets right away)
2019 base salary: $1 million (low because he's already getting the signing bonus this year)
2020 base salary: $7 million

The cap breakdown would be
2019: $4 million
2020: $10 millions



Yes. Accounting like this makes our situation much better this offseason. Really looking forward to what we can do without setting us up for some really tough years down the road. Would allow us to fit the drafted players under the cap while keeping the usual 5 million buffer.
KRK  
#14 Posted : Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:25:23 AM(UTC)
I really can’t make a decision on Perry until I know how healthy he is. When healthly, which isn’t enough I will grant you, he is by far the best you have

I am still absolutely mystified at keeping Graham.

Breeland at 7 million seems awfully expensive

Why not sign Wilkerson at another prove a deal? Then all you have to worry about is the edge.

I think we need a lot more help it inside linebacker than most posters believe.
TheKanataThrilla  
#15 Posted : Wednesday, February 6, 2019 11:59:31 AM(UTC)
KRK said: Go to Quoted Post
I really can’t make a decision on Perry until I know how healthy he is. When healthly, which isn’t enough I will grant you, he is by far the best you have

I am still absolutely mystified at keeping Graham.

Breeland at 7 million seems awfully expensive

Why not sign Wilkerson at another prove a deal? Then all you have to worry about is the edge.

I think we need a lot more help it inside linebacker than most posters believe.


I think I mostly agree with your thinking.

With Breeland I think once he got into game shape he looked pretty good for us last year. When you have the injury concerns of King I think Breeland is a good guy to have on board.

I am with you with getting an ILB for passing down. Our middle has been our Achilles heel for years. We need speed at the ILB position on passing down. Whether we can get one of our safeties playing the position on passing down is something for consideration as well.

gbguy20  
#16 Posted : Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:43:06 PM(UTC)
gbguy20 said: Go to Quoted Post
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
UFAs can sign with any team

OLB Clay Matthews Gone.
WR Randall Cobb Gone.
DL Muhammad Wilkerson Gone.
TE Marcedes Lewis Gonee.
TE Lance Kendricks Resign.
OL Byron Bell Gone.
CB Davon House Gone.
CB Bashaud Breeland Resign.
LB Jake Ryan Resign.
S Eddie Pleasant Resign.


RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
(Teams can put a tender on them restricting them, if no tenders then they're basically UFAs)
Projected Tender Price Options
1st Round Tender: $4,449,000
2nd Round Tender: $3,124,000
Original Round Tender: $2,045,000

WR Geronimo Allison Resign - Original Round Tender.
S Kentrell Brice
S Ibraheim Campbell


EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
(Pretty Cheap contracts if the Packers want to keep them, I don't have the price number right now, but player can only sign with the Packers unless the Packers choose not to offer a contract then they're basically a UFA)

OL Lucas Patrick Resign.
OL Justin McCray Resign.
OL Adam Pankey Resign.
OLB Reggie Gilbert Resign.
TE Robert Tonyan Resign.
WR Jake Kumerow Resign.
DL Fadol Brown Gone.
RB Lavon Coleman Gone.

Obviously, all of these guys would be fighting for roster spots in training camp.


POTENTIAL CAP RELEASES (amount it would save)
** = means if released before their mid-March roster bonus

OLB Nick Perry ($31.7** million over 3 years) ($10.56 million per year average) Gone.
TE Jimmy Graham ($17** million over 2 years) ($8.5 million per year average)
DT Mike Daniels ($8.3125 million over 1 year)
OC Corey Linsley ($14.65** million over 2 years) ($7.325 million per year average)
OT Bryan Bulaga ($6.6625 million over 1 year)
DB Tramon Williams ($4.75** million over 1 year)
OG Lane Taylor ($8.61** million over 2 years) ($4.305 million per year average)
K Mason Crosby ($3.6 million over 1 year)

I would have chosen to cut Graham for the sake of this post, but since it sounds like that isn't going to happen, I will leave him. Let's cut Perry though, just for kicks. In my opinion anyone who suggests cutting Linsley is insane. He is 1 of only 2 very good players on our line, and one who is always healthy. For everyone complaining about the interior of our line, why the hell would we cut our great center?

Spotrac puts us at $34,166,842 in cap space (top 51). Cutting Perry saves us $3,337,500 in cap space THIS season. That puts us at $37,504,342 in cap space going into free agency. Lets look at how much it will cost to resign the above guys. I'm not a contract expert, so for the sake of this post I am going to take the estimated yearly average they will get, and just count that as cap space taken up. Signing bonuses, etc not accounted for in this scenario.

TE Lance Kendricks Resign. Made 2 million last season, I don't see him earning a raise. 2 million.
CB Bashaud Breeland Resign. Spotrac estimates his market value at 7 million.
LB Jake Ryan Resign. Mad 2 million last season, lets call it the same this year.
S Eddie Pleasant Resign. $790k last year, call it the same.
OL Lucas Patrick Resign. $555k
OL Justin McCray Resign. $555k
OL Adam Pankey Resign. $555k
OLB Reggie Gilbert Resign. $555k
TE Robert Tonyan Resign. $555k
WR Jake Kumerow Resign. $555k

Add up all that and it brings us to $15,120,000. That leave us with $22,384,342 left for the draft and free agency. After resigning these guys, lets look at our 2019 roster to see what holes he have to fill with that money.


OFFENSE
QB
Aaron Rodgers
Deshone Kizer
Tim Boyle

RB
Aaron Jones
Jamaal Williams
HOLE Address in Draft
Kapri Bibbs
Danny Vitale

WR
Davante Adams
HOLE Address in free agency. Hopefully Cole Beasley.
Geronimo Allison
MVS
Equanimeous St Brown
J'Mon Moore
Jake Kumerow
Allen Lazard
Trevor Davis

TE
Jimmy Graham
HOLE Address in draft (hopefully one of the Iowa guys)
Lance Kendricks
Robert Tonyan

LT
David Bakhtiari
Jason Spriggs
Alex Light

LG
Lane Taylor
HOLE Address in Draft
Justin Mccray
Nick Siragusa

C
Corey Linsley

RG
HOLE Address in FA or Draft
Lucas Patick
Adam Pankey

RT
Bryan Bulaga
HOLE Address in FA or Draft

I really think we sign a WR in FA. Which will be pricey, lets be conservative and call that 8 million per year. Cole Beasley. Assuming the rest of the offensive holes are filled with the draft. That 22 million just dwindled to 14 million. We haven't even got to the defense yet. This is why I have been saying when it comes to resigning our own and then trying to address the remaining holes, our cap space does not get us very far. Hopefully, some creative accounting pushes some of the cap usage down a year or two.

DEFENSE
Defensive Line
Mike Daniels
Kenny Clark
HOLE Address in FA. Hopefully Ezekiel ansah.
Dean Lowry
Tyler Lancaster
Montravious Adams
James Looney

ILB
Blake Martinez
Jake Ryan
Antonio Morrison
Oren Burks

OLB
HOLE Address in Draft
HOLE Address in Draft
Kyler Fackrell
Reggie Gilbert
Kendall Donnerson

CB
Jaire Alexander
Kevin King
Bashaud Breeland
Josh Jackson
Tony Brown
Natrell Jamerson
Will Redmond

SAFETY
Tramon Williams
HOLE Address in FA. Hopefully Landon Collins.
Josh Jones
HOLE Address in the draft
Eddie Pleasant
Raven Greene

I see us signing a defensive lineman in FA and a safety. The safety should come cheap, say 2-4 million in today's market. Collins or one of the other four guys. Defensive lineman is going to be costly. Say 8-14 million. Ziggy Ansah. Or we could resign Wilkerson rather cheap, but i'd rather not.

The rest of the holes have to be filled in the draft.

With only $14 millions left in cap space for the defense, the safety and lineman take all of that. Leaving nothing left for the draft. So, we might have to make another cut to create space (just cut Jimmy Graham Gute!) or creative accounting to push the cap space usage into years down the road.

In summary, once we resign our own guys (AND cut Perry) it is tough to sign any more than 3 free agents to fill in any holes with a solid player. It also leaves many holes left to fill in the draft/undrafted. We've got a lot of work to do this offseason, and it is going to be tough to do. We're going to have to nail the draft, and get creative with contracts. I'm running out of time here, or I'd go into more detail and scenarios, as the money obviously isn't working at this point.

Resign some guys, cut another guy or two for some savings. Then sign Cole Beasley, Landon Collins and Ziggy Ansah and nail every single draft pick and our team looks great.

Anywho...


I forgot about Jamison Crowder. I think we could go after him for a bit cheaper than Cole Beasley and save some more space. Also, as much as I love Tramon and would hate to let him go again, we could cut him to save 4.75 million to put toward a younger safety and that way could likely afford to bring two of the top 5 safeties.
Cheesey  
#17 Posted : Friday, February 15, 2019 9:38:27 AM(UTC)
I can’t see keeping Clay Matthews. He has been a disappointment for years now. Even at a discount, he would take up a roster spot that could go to someone that can help the team more.
Same thing with Graham.
Roster spots AND money that can be used better.
gbguy20  
#18 Posted : Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:58:11 PM(UTC)
The resigning has begun:

The Packers will tender G Justin McCray, an exclusive rights free agent, a source said. It's a one-year, $645,000 deal that would get McCray to restricted free agency status next offseason. Other Packers ERFAs include: WR Jake Kumerow, TE Robert Tonyan, G Lucas Patrick, OLB Reggie Gilbert, DT Fadol Brown.

Assuming there is more news to come.
Zero2Cool  
#19 Posted : Friday, March 8, 2019 7:51:29 AM(UTC)
Great thread! My head hurts from all the numbers though ...
gbguy20  
#20 Posted : Friday, March 8, 2019 10:15:09 AM(UTC)
Per Michael Cohen the packers are letting Clay Matthews test free agency and will not be paying Nick Perry his roster bonus, making him a free agent as well. We'll see if that becomes official or not
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