The Green Bay Packers have retained five players from 2013 and added two outside free agents, and all but two are on defense. Free agency may not yet be over for Ted Thompson, and, of course, the Packers still have needs that would be best addressed through the draft, such as safety, linebacker and a No. 4 receiver.
Of the seven players who will join or return to the Packers in 2014, some will have more pronounced roles than others. Some, such as Sam Shields, will have the weight of bolstering an entire unit placed upon them; others, like James Starks, will support starters.
Ranked from the biggest impact they'll have on the team next season to the smallest, the following slides examine how Thompson has put the team in a position to improve in key areas with the signings and re-signings.