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The Packers addressed this concern by trading up for tackle Jason Spriggs in the second round and doubling down at the position with sixth-rounder Kyle Murphy.
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Thompson is often cautious to overpay in free agency, but Green’s contract is worth a modest $5 million per year, ranking 16th in the NFL among tight end salaries. His cap hit never exceeds $6.2 million, which pales in comparison to the excess of $10 million the likes of Jimmy Graham and Travis Kelce will soon account for. The Steelers aren’t renowned for big free agency splashes, but they were happy to make an exception to the rule.