The Packers are loathe to sign free agents but added center Jeff Saturday (Indianapolis) and defensive linemen Anthony Hargrove (Seattle) and Daniel Muir (Indianapolis). Green Bay avoided having to use the franchise tag on tight end Jermichael Finley by striking an agreement on a two-year contract. Significant losses:
Green Bay signed Saturday to replace the departed Scott Wells (St. Louis). Top draft needs:
Running back (Ryan Grant is an unrestricted free agent), defensive end (Cullen Jenkins was never effectively replaced in 2011), outside linebacker (Clay Matthews can use a pass-rushing complement) and cornerback (new Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie — a long-time member of Green Bay's front office — signed backups Patrick Lee and Brandon Underwood). The Packers also may use an early pick on a quarterback to groom as a backup behind Aaron Rodgers now that Matt Flynn signed with Seattle. Analysis:
A team that finished with an NFL-best 15-1 record will return almost intact in 2012. That makes this a successful offseason. Grade:
A- Alex Marvez
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