The offseason moves general manager Ted Thompson made satisfied nearly all of the Green Bay Packers' most pressing needs heading into the 2014 season. On Monday, we ranked the importance of the Packers' remaining offseason tasks; now let's take a look at the best moves the team made through free agency and the draft.
Though the Packers under Thompson have usually had a quiet free agency and a busier draft, trading and accumulating picks often, this year their approach was slightly different. Thompson made the splashy Julius Peppers free-agent signing and, for the first time during his tenure in Green Bay, did not make a single trade in the draft.
Thompson's offseason strategy filled a number of holes for Green Bay, but most notable was the one at free safety. It also helped replenish depth in an offseason where the Packers have so far re-signed just six of their free agents.
Short-term impact was strongly considered when creating the rankings, but each of these signings also bode well for the long-term health of the franchise.
The following five most impactful offseason moves are ranked in ascending order, leading up to what is sure to be a defensive game-changer in 2014.