Packers GM: We’re always in win-now mode in Green Bay

Packers GM: We’re always in win-now mode in Green Bay

https://ift.tt/2T9NDkl

Packers GM: We’re always in win-now mode in Green Bay

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 15, 2019, 5:20 AM EDT

Getty Images

The Packers took a very aggressive approach to the start of free agency, shelling out $56 million in signing bonuses to add defensive end Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos, and offensive lineman Billy Turner. That’s a very different approach from General Manager Brian Gutekunst than the Packers’ front office took with the old regime led by Ted Thompson.

But Gutekunst downplayed how big a change he has made to the Packers’ philosophy, saying Green Bay always wants to win.

“Obviously, this is Green Bay, Wisconsin; we’re in a win-now mode all the time,” he said, via ESPN. “I thought we needed to add to our defense significantly, and I think these guys will. So, I don’t think it’s any different than it ever has been.”

Teams always want to win, but they don’t always make the kinds of aggressive signings that Gutekunst made. Teams often build for the long run through the draft and prioritize that over free agency, and Gutekunst’s approach is very different than Thompson’s. Gutekunst downplayed talk that the Packers are running out of time to win with Aaron Rodgers, but he did say he’s working hard at improving quickly from last year’s 6-9-1 record, the Packers’ worst since Rodgers’ first year as the starting quarterback.

“Obviously, you can’t kick the can down the road forever, but at the same time I don’t think we really did that here. I think if you really look at it, we didn’t really jeopardize anything in the future,” he said.

When the Packers gave Rodgers a huge contract extension last year, the idea was that they should be Super Bowl contenders over the life of that contract, which expires after the 2023 season. Gutekunst wants to make that happen quickly.

NFL News

via ProFootballTalk https://ift.tt/2CkCuoB

March 15, 2019 at 02:27AM

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s