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As the offseason officially begins, a quick look at the Packers’ current roster

GM Brian Gutekunst faces a massive offseason in 2019. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today sports)

After the Patriots defeated the Rams in a Super Bowl that was almost certainly not as bad as everyone on your social media feeds wants you to believe, the page has officially turned to 2019 in the NFL. Among other things, that means the annual Speculation Spectacular can finally begin. Over the next three months, football people everywhere will obsess over Combine results, free agency rumors and mock drafts—all in the name of satiating a never-ending desire for football—and this site is no different.

Brian Gutekunst, having survived his rookie year as Packers general manager, has an enormous offseason staring him in the face. While I think most people would agree it’s not fair to pass judgement on a GM’s job performance based on one season, Gutekunst will likely find his “free pass” period is now over. He will now be tasked with shaping the roster to new head coach Matt LaFleur’s philosophies. Even if that doesn’t entail a major overhaul at any one position, Gutekunst has some decisions to make. In the coming days, we’ll take a look at each position group individually, but let’s begin by looking at what thePackers’ roster looks like as of today.

(Impending free agents in italics.)

Quarterback

Aaron Rodgers

DeShone Kizer

Tim Boyle

Running Back

Aaron Jones

Jamaal Williams

Kapri Bibbs

Tra Carson

Lavon Coleman

Fullback

Danny Vitale

Wide Receiver

Davante Adams

Randall Cobb

Geronimo Allison (RFA)

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Equanimeous St. Brown

Jake Kumerow (ERFA)

Trevor Davis

J’Mon Moore

Allen Lazard

Tight End

Jimmy Graham

Marcedes Lewis

Lance Kendricks

Robert Tonyan (ERFA)

Offensive Line

Corey Linsley

Alex Light

Justin McCray (ERFA)

Adam Pankey (ERFA)

Lucas Patrick (ERFA)

Lane Taylor

David Bakhtiari

Byron Bell

Bryan Bulaga

Jason Spriggs

Nico Siragusa

Defensive Line

Dean Lowry

Muhammad Wilkerson

Kenny Clark

Montravius Adams

Mike Daniels

Tyler Lancaster

Fadol Brown (ERFA)

James Looney

Linebacker

Clay Matthews

Reggie Gilbert (ERFA)

Blake Martinez

Nick Perry

Jake Ryan

Kyler Fackrell

Oren Burks

James Crawford

Kendall Donnerson

Antonio Morrison

Cornerback

Jaire Alexander

Tramon Williams

Kevin King

Josh Jackson

Davon House

Bashaud Breeland

Tony Brown

Natrell Jamerson

Will Redmond

Safety

Josh Jones

Kentrell Brice (RFA)

Raven Greene

Ibraheim Campbell

Eddie Pleasant

Special Teams

Mason Crosby

JK Scott

Hunter Bradley

Reserve/Future

Deon Simon(DL)

Malcolm Johnson(FB)

Eric Cotton (DL)

Anthony Coyle(OL)

Gerhard deBeer (OL)

Teo Redding (WR)

Brady Sheldon(LB)

Evan Baylis(TE)

Jason Thompson (S)

Tray Matthews (S)

A couple things might jump out immediately while perusing this list:

  1. This does not seem to resemble a Super Bowl roster in the slightest.
  2. There are a ton of names here that won’t be around when the 2019 regular season kicks off.

Both of those statements are fair, and both further illustrate just how much tinkering Gutekunst and the rest of the crew at 1265 Lombardi will need to do over the course of this offseason. There is certainly a group of players, particularly on offense, who, at the very least, give the team a nice core to build upon. The question is how long Gutekunst and LaFleur will need to build it into a serious championship contender.

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