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It’s not Reggie White coming to town Womens Muhammad Wilkerson Jersey , but it’s hard to think of another single day that had a similar free agent impact."Unless something truly franchise-altering happens in the future, the day that Reggie White signed with the Green Bay Packers in 1993 will always be the biggest day in the team’s free agency history.Tuesday, March 12th 2019, however, now sits squarely in second place.Yes, the team has made exceptional free agent signings before — Charles Woodson, for example — but that was viewed as a massive risk at the time and it did not come with the expectation of being a truly franchise-altering moment at the time, even though it arguably was.Instead, general manager Brian Gutekunst was a mad scientist on Tuesday, completely revamping the Packers’ defense and suddenly offering himself great flexibility in the 2019 NFL Draft. No longer does he need to zero in on a pass-rusher with the 12th pick; no longer does he need to find instant starters at outside linebacker, safety, and right guard. He answered all those questions in the span of about two hours on Tuesday morning.Gutekunst now has starters at all of those spots after landing pass-rushers Za’Darius and Preston Smith , safety Adrian Amos, and offensive lineman Billy Turner. The signings that the Packers agreed to suddenly open up all options for a team that has some excellent draft capital to work with in April.Furthermore, the financials of the deals allow the team to make another move or two, as the contracts have relatively low salary cap hits in 2019 and offer the team easy outs down the road. Bringing back cornerback Bashaud Breeland and tendering restricted free agent Geronimo Allison would put a perfect bow on the free agency season for this team, leaving it with no gaping holes in the starting lineup on offense or defense. Gutekunst could then draft with an eye on the future, allowing rookie draft picks to contribute as depth players rather than relying on them to be starters in their first seasons.Let’s see the reactions to Tuesday’s moves from around the Packers media sphere.Packers take smart, calculated risks during free agency spending spree | Packers WireEvery one of the Packers' expected signees check off a few specific boxes: they're young, they're on the rise, and they fit the Packers' schemes perfectly.Green Bay Packers' 2019 free-agent signings: Defense gets makeover - ESPNThe Packers' two new outside linebacker combined for over 110 pressures a year ago. That's an astounding number. Then there's Amos, who didn't allow a touchdown last year despite being the nearest defender on 41 passes -- the best mark among safeties in the league.Packers to sign edge rushers Preston, Za'Darius Smith, safety Amos | Packers NewsRemember -- days like Tuesday are why fans need to have just a little bit of patience. Some of the biggest recent signings in franchise history actually came well after the onset of free agency Muhammad Wilkerson Jersey White , as White, Woodson, and Julius Peppers all signed several days or weeks into the process.Dee Ford trade: Chiefs, 49ers agree to deal for 2020 second-round pick | SI.comWith the Packers no longer needing a veteran edge rusher thanks to their signings, the 49ers made their move for Ford, who will get a long-term contract extension. That deal will blow away what the Packers gave to the Smiths, however, and it sure makes Green Bay look smart by paying less and avoiding giving up a draft pick.Grading the Odell Beckham Jr. trade from Giants to Browns - Who won? | ESPNAmid all the Packers' craziness early in the day, this made the NFL's collective head explode on Tuesday night. The Browns suddenly look like a Super Bowl contender in the AFC, with a huge amount of talent on offense and some big-time players coming for the defense, including Earl Thomas and Sheldon Richardson.Del Taco French fry-scented soap: Limited item expected to sell out | USA TodayIf you need me, I'll be over here figuring out where the nearest Del Taco is. The ink is dry on the contract , the introductory press conference is over, and now all that’s left for the Packers’ coaching search of 2019 is to decide what it all means.The Packers have decided it means they got exactly the guy they were looking for. Of course, they did. Everyone always does, just like how every year, 32 NFL teams manage to draft the player that was at the top of their board in the first round.Other observers will choose to take the Packers word for it. Some won’t. Either way, nobody will know for sure, since real, actual football is more than half a year away.In the meantime, we can enjoy digesting platitudes from team executives and mission statements from the new Packers coach. We may not be able to actually decide what it all means, but that’s not going to stop anyone from trying.Packers’ long search turns up ‘perfect candidate’ in Matt LaFleur | Packers NewsFrom criss-crossing the country for interviews to dealing with a GPS derailment, Jim Owczarski has the details on how the Packers landed on Matt LaFleur as their next coach.NFL coaching grades 2019: How each team’s new hire rates | SB NationIf the dispatches from Green Bay seem too much like hagiographies for your taste, consider SB Nation’s assessment of the Matt LaFleur hire a splash of cold water.On Bart Starr’s 85th birthday , take a look back at his place in Packers history | Packers NewsIn addition to giving us our first real look at Matt LaFleur, Wednesday was also the esteemed Bart Starr’s 85th birthday.Vikings to interview Joe Philbin for OL coach opening | Packers WireAs Matt LaFleur works to assemble his coaching staff, members of the 2018 staff are starting to get opportunities elsewhere. Philbin, who broke into the league as an assistant offensive line coach with the Packers, will get a shot at a post-Packers gig when he interviews with the Vikings for their vacant offensive line coach job.Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy will sit out 2019, report says | Sporting NewsAnd speaking of former Packers coaches, former head coach Mike McCarthy won’t be doing any coaching at all in 2019. He’ll sit out the season as he collects the remainder of what he’s owed on his contract with the Packers before reassessing his options next offseason.
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