Grading the Strength of Green Bay's Roster Heading into Free Agency

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Grading the Strength of Green Bay's Roster Heading into Free Agency
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The Green Bay Packers rarely look to free agency as a way of improving the roster, but when general manager Ted Thompson takes a free agent it's usually a sign that the player will have an immediate impact.

The Packers don't do it too often, but the signings of Charles Woodson in 2006 and Cedric Benson last summer turned out to be great signings by Thompson even though Benson went down for the year last season with a knee injury. Woodson on the other hand has gone on to be one of the best defenders in Packers history and became the locker room leader.

Of course, Thompson has missed on some signings too.  Jeff Saturday last year, for example. 

That said, the team doesn't wade into the free agency waters too often, but perhaps maybe Thompson will this year to keep the team on the cusp of another Super Bowl title.

Here's a look at the Packers roster heading into free agency next month.  Positions are graded on an A to F scale with A being that the position is set and there is no signing needed at all and an F standing for an immediate contributor/starter needing to be signed.  B through D meaning that a signing either needs to made for competition, a player needs to be added for the future or a player is signing for depth.

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