Like everyone else, sports fans are experiencing a much different madness this March.
Sports have come to a grinding halt due, from preps to the pros. Coronavirus has impacted every facet of our home and work life, and with our Stay at Home order now in effect in Wisconsin, a new norm is upon us.
While the Packers organization announced this afternoon it was extending the shutdown of Lambeau Field and Titletown through April 24th, the team continues to reshape its 2020 roster.
With the first official week of the 2020 NFL offseason in the books, Green Bay has added three players in free agency amid six departures.
The additions: LB Christian Kirksey from the Cleveland Browns, RT Rick Wagner from the Detroit Lions, and WR Devin Funchess from the Carolina Panthers.
The Packers yesterday signed Funchess, one of Cam Newton’s top targets, addressing a huge team need in their receivers corps before the NFL draft in April—which at this time remains unchanged.
The departures: LB Blake Martinez (New York Giants), RT Bryan Bulaga (San Diego Chargers), TE Jimmy Graham (Chicago Bears), OLB Kyler Fackrell (Giants), LB B.J. Goodson (Browns), and FB Danny Vitale (New England Patriots sans Brandy).
Resigned: K Mason Crosby, TE Marcedes Lewis, and Will Redmond
Key veterans yet to be signed: Veterans CB Tramon Williams and WR Geronimo Allison
Remember last March? General Manager Brian Gutekunst made a huge splash with the signings of high profile free agent linebackers Za’Darius and Preston Smith and safety Adrian Amos.
While the Packers don’t have the cap space and dollars to compete for the top free agents this season, Gutekunst had executed some moves. Only time will tell what kind of impact Kirksey, Wagner, and Funchess will have on the field.
Like all football fans, we’ll enjoy the optimism of the draft in April and look forward to an uninterrupted 2020 season this fall.