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Green Bay Packers hand out $56 million in signing bonuses

Green Bay Packers hand out $56 million in signing bonuses
Published On: Fri, Mar 15
Dec 17, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks withGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during a timeout against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

TheA Green Bay PackersA have been one of the most aggressive teams in the NFL in free agency. A couple of years ago, that statement woulda€™ve been shocking. But ita€™s true, as the Packers have been one of the biggest spenders out there. Theya€™ve signed big name players like Zaa€™Darius Smith, Billy Turner, Preston Smith, and Adrian Amos to huge contracts.

All told, the Packers have dished out $56 million in signing bonuses in the past week, according toA Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. Old Packers GM Ted Thompson was notoriously averse to signing big name free agents, and never woulda€™ve authorized such spending.

But when Thompson stepped down and ceded power to team president Mark Murphy and new GM Brian Gutekunst, everything changed. Rather than pay many of these players guaranteed money years down the line, the Packers are choosing to do it almost all up front.

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