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Green Bay Packers’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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The Green Bay Packers' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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The Green Bay Packers usually build from within and through the draft, but this year, the Packers were far more active in the offseason than previous years. But high activity in the free-agency period doesn't always mean success on the football field. Oftentimes, it's quite the opposite.

Here are the five mistakes that the Packers made this offseason.

5. Failing to Re-sign Evan Dietrich-Smith

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5. Failing to Re-sign Evan Dietrich-Smith

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Failing to re-sign Evan Dietrich-Smith will mean the Packers' fourth different center in the past four years, eliminating any sort of continuity that was gained last season. With Dietrich-Smith signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, J.C. Tretter, a fourth-round pick out of Cornell in 2013, will get the first chance of winning the job.

4. Re-signing B.J. Raji

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4. Re-signing B.J. Raji

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The Green Bay Packers re-signed nose tackle B.J. Raji to a one-year contract even though it seemed the Packers were prepared to move on without him. They should have. Raji hasn't had a successful season in Green Bay since 2010, and he hasn't recorded a sack in two years. He has had a dismal past two seasons, and the Packers should have looked elsewhere for line help.

3. Re-signing James Starks

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3. Re-signing James Starks

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This move makes zero sense. The Packers already have a stable of running backs, including the likes of Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris. Harris will be coming back from an injury, but prior to the 2013 season, he was scheduled to share duties with Lacy. This essentially makes Starks the fourth running back, and it's costing the team a roster spot.

2. Failure to Address the Safety Position

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2. Failure to Address the Safety Position

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The biggest issue on the Packers' defense last year was the play at the safety position. It was abysmal, yet the Packers haven't done anything to address it. They let the top free-agent safeties sign elsewhere, and now their only option is to upgrade the position through the draft, which is an inexact science each year.

1. Letting James Jones Walk

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1. Letting James Jones Walk

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The Packers' receiving corps got substantially weaker when James Jones signed with the Oakland Raiders. He was a quintessential pro. He played hurt and took a back seat to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, but he still led the league in touchdown receptions in 2012 with 14. Yes, Jarrett Boykin played well last year, but are the Packers really ready to move forward with him as the third receiver?