NFL free agency got underway Thursday with a myriad of big and surprising deals around the league, but in Green Bay it was the status quo for what fans have come to expect of Packers general manager Ted Thompson. Negotiate (T.J. Lang, Jared Cook) and sign (Nick Perry) guys you want to keep and let the others (Micah Hyde, J.C. Tretter) walk.
There will likely be more of that Friday and into the weekend, and we’ll be following all the movements right here.
Packers announce they’ve re-signed outside linebacker Nick Perry
Report: Center J.C. Tretter will sign with the Cleveland Browns
Safety Micah Hyde leaves Green Bay after four seasons, signs with the Buffalo Bills
(note: newest updates are at the top)
11:42 a.m. — Julius Peppers’ agent tweets that his client is headed back to Carolina where he played the first eight years of his career.
10:26 a.m. — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweets that the Carolina Panthers are working to sign pass rusher Julius Pepper, who spent the last three seasons in Green Bay.
8:19 a.m. — ESPN’s Adam Shefter tweets that negotiations between the Packers and free agent tight end Jared Cook have broken off and that he’s expected to visit other teams.
7:10 p.m. — The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Michael Cohen reports that the Packers have re-signed guard/tackle Don Barclay to a one-year deal.
6:35 p.m. — Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post tweets that the Seahawks have made guard T.J. Lang a priority and want to get a deal done.
4:52 p.m. — Safety Micah Hyde tweets a thank you to Packers fans, while also revealing the team didn’t even make him an offer to stay in Green Bay.
4:10 p.m. — ESPN’s Adam Shefter reports that running back Eddie Lacy will visit the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, in addition to meeting with the Packers.
3:48 p.m. — The Packers announce they’ve officially re-signed outside linebacker Nick Perry.
3:47 p.m. — The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweets that running back Eddie Lacy doesn’t have an offer from Green Bay and will visit other teams.
3:45 p.m. — Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that safety Micah Hyde signed with the Buffalo Bills on a five-year, $30.5 million contract.
3:17 p.m. — ESPN’s Rob Demovsky tweets that guard T.J. Lang will visit the Detroit Lions tomorrow and the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.
3:15 p.m. — CBS Sports Jason La Canfora reports that center J.C. Tretter’s deal with Cleveland is for three years and $16.8 million.
12:11 p.m. — ESPN Rob Demovsky reports that outside linebacker Nick Perry’s contract is a 5-year, $60 million deal that includes an $18.5 million signing bonus.
10:09 a.m. — Green Bay is losing guard/center J.C. Tretter to the Cleveland Browns, reports NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo.
10:01 a.m. — NFL.com reporter Mike Garafolo reports the Cleveland Browns are working to sign Green Bay guard/center J.C. Tretter.
8:46 a.m. — Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels tweets his congratulations to outside linebacker Nick Perry on his new deal to stay in Green Bay.
8:31 a.m. — Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweets the team’s priorities are clearly in re-signing guard T.J. Lang and tight end Jared Cook, while not making a push for safety Micah Hyde
8:11 a.m. — NFL.com reporter Mike Garafolo tweets that Green Bay tight end Jared Cook is receiving interest from the Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills.
7:31 a.m. — Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Packers are nearing an agreement to keep outside linebacker Nick Perry, but the deal is not done yet.
7:09 a.m. — Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweets the Packers have a long-term agreement in place with outside linebacker Nick Perry.
9:24 p.m. — Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Packers have keyed in on outside linebacker Nick Perry and guard T.J. Lang as priorities to get signed before free agency opens.
8:33 p.m. — Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweets that the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts are showing interest in outside linebacker Nick Perry, but that the Packers want him back.
7:38 p.m. — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweets that safety Micah Hyde is “aggressively pursuing other options” out of Green Bay.
7:26 p.m. — ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that safety Micah Hyde will hit the open market as the Packers did not make him an offer.
3:14 p.m. — Bill Huber of PackerReport.com tweets that the New York Jets are prepared to make an offer for outside linebacker Nick Perry.