NFL 2014 Free Agency: The Packers’ Offseason

Major changes headed to titletown, after yet another disappointing postseason loss to the 49ers.

At the start of the offseason, Packers fans were expecting heavy changes this season, especially in the defense, with nearly $33 million in cap space.

First, speculation surrounded CB Sam Shields who was expected to become a free agent, however, Ted Thompson was able to strike a deal, making Shields a Packer for 4 more years, thus solidifying the CB position.

Sam Shields showing his versatility. (Credits:

As free agency began, Packers fans were hoping that Ted Thompson would finally go against his philosophy of drafting and developing, and sign one or more of the premier defensive players on the market, including Lamarr Houston, or possibly DeMarcus Ware to put alongside Clay Matthews. A week passed by before news finally emerged that the Packers had signed old Chicago Bears DE Julius Peppers.

Julius Peppers in his new uniform. (Credits:

It remains to be seen the impact that Peppers will bring, as he is currently 34 years old, and in the decline of his career after recording only 7 sacks last year. Along with this, the Packers also have a few gaps to fill through the draft, after losing C Evan Dietrich Smith to Tampa Bay, and as TE Jermichael Finley’s health remains a concern. We can only hope that Thompson’s draft-and-develop ideology will bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay this upcoming season.

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