Packer Free Agent Signings:
Daryl Smith, ILB - Packers ink Daryl Smith to a 3 year deal worth $9 million with no Guaranteed money after his 1st year. He immediately replaces Brad Jones as the starter next to A.J. Hawk.
Arthur Jones, DT - The Packers lose Raji / Wilson in this mock draft and this is our 1 decent sized Free Agent signing and was easily the best player along the
Clinton McDonald, DT - The Packers are said to be looking for more quickness on defense and McDonald provides that he provides adequate depth along the defensive line and notched 5.5 Sacks last season.
Ryan Clark, FS - He is likely not going to be resigned by the Steelers and already knowing a bit of Capers system he makes for a good addition and adds some veteran presence in the backfield.
Arthur Jones, DE - This is probably where the biggest money will be spent in Free Agency. He was easily Baltimore's best DL player last year and while he wont come as cheap as the above Free Agents he wont break the bank either and is still rather young.
The only Free Agent that should really command some money out of what the Packers do typically would be Arthur Jones and that's just a possibility but everyone should still be 100% affordable especially after the Packers cut Ties with Tramon Williams.
Sam Shields, CB
Johnny Jolly, DE
Evan Dietrich-Smith, OC
Mike Neal, DL/LB
Matt Flynn, QB
Packers not Returning:
Packers are awarded 3rd and 6th Round Comp Picks
Round 1: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
I know the Packers resigned Shields but in this mock draft I have them letting Tramon Williams go and he ends up being a cap casualty. To make room for some of our new Defensive pieces and what is there NOT to get excited about with Sam Shields, Justin Gilbert and Casey Hayward as our corners of the future?
Round 2: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
Ward will not start his rookie season or isn't in a position at least where he'll have to start right away with Ryan Clark coming in providing the veteran presence it allows Ward the time to learn the system and eventually be his successor and provides much needed depth at the position.
Packers trade up Sending their 3rd / 4th Round draft picks.
Round 2B: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
With the way the Packers approached Free Agency and remaking their Defense they were able to make this move and give Aaron Rodgers another weapon.
Round 3 Comp Pick: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
The Packers need to add depth at the WR position with James Jones leaving in Free Agency and the Packers having Randall Cobb / Jordy Nelson contracts to deal with in the near future.
Round 5: Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU
Barrow certainly looks the type. He's extremely raw but is an athlete and with the proper coaching coul dpotentially be a steal for the Packers here. What's great about this is the Packers signed Daryl Smith so it gives Barrow time to develop as a prospect.
Round 6: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
Dom Capers is on record saying that is starts with stopping the run and that's exactly what McCullers will do for this defense. He's a mountain of a man and while he's a great run stuffer that's about all his game provides.
Round 6b: Tyler Starr, OLB, South Dakota
The Packers have been linked to Tyler Starr and this seem to make sense. He provides adequate depth and could be a good special teams player.
Round 7: Corey Linsley, OC
Corey Linsley provides depth at a position we could really use some competition at as well.