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cold-weather team. Also, the Packers should continue to improve under the guidance of defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and his core of young players. However, the secondary isn't getting much younger. It is very apparent at corner and strong safety, as Marquand Manuel is becoming a liability as a full-time starter.
The Packers have been very quiet in free agency and have done little to upgrade their roster. However, they did sign backup CB Frank Walker from the New York Giants. Walker has been a career backup who provides depth and experience to a position of need. Also, the Packers re-signed OLB Tracy White, who is an experienced player and highly productive special teams player. The Packers targeted and re-signed starting right defensive end Cullen Jenkins to a long-term contract before the start of free agency. Jenkins was expected to get a lot of interest as a restricted free agent.
The Packers suffered a hit to their backfield with the loss of RB Ahman Green (Houston) and FB William Henderson (released). Green led the Packers in rushing last season with 1,059 yards. Although Green is still a productive running back, he is on the downside of his career and the Texans overpaid dearly for his services. Henderson had been a cornerstone in the Packers' backfield since 1995. Backup RB Vernand Morency is expected to get the first shot at replacing Green. Backup TE David Martin signed with the Dolphins. Martin is a better receiver than blocker, with some additional value on special teams. However, he has had a hard time staying healthy.
Without a doubt, the Packers are building their team through the draft. The Packers must get an impact player with the No. 16 pick. They need a future workhorse back and could use a vertical threat out on the perimeter to open up McCarthy's West Coast offensive attack. The Packers have suffered no losses from the NFL's 12th-ranked defense. However, the Packers must get younger on the back end. Youth is a big issue, especially at corner.