We're old enough to remember the spring of 2017, Ted Thompson's last year running the Packers, when the signings of Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks, Jahri Evans, Davon House and Ricky Jean Francois constituted as a free-agent bonanza.
Fast-forward two years. Thompson successor Brian Gutekunst's second free-agent foray yielded within the first 36 hours: Preston and Za'Darius Smith, Adrian Amos and Billy Turner, the quartet promised a combined $90 million or so guaranteed, or north of $75 million more than Thompson's most active free agency.
A new era for the green and gold, indeed.
New head coach Matt LaFleur. Young and aggressive second-year GM in Brian Gutekunst. And a brand-new edge stable, enforcing safety and present starting right guard and perhaps future starting right tackle.
The Packers have been the spendiest team in a division they have now finished in the latter part of in consecutive seasons for the first time this century, and it's not a stretch if some will predict them to climb back atop their usual perch in 2019.
Remember, in addition to their calculated free-agent risks today, all on 26-year-old ascendant players at one of their three greatest needs, the Packers have one of the NFL's biggest draft war chests: two first-rounders (Nos. 12 and 30), four in the top 76 and six in the top 150.
And what Gutekunst seemingly achieved Tuesday is maximum flexibility in said draft. Could Green Bay target the draft's top tight end, T.J. Hockenson, at No. 12? It'd be not only a great pick but one easier to rationalize after the dramatic makeover of their EDGE stable, the NFL's most important position room other than the QBs'.
Of course, don't assume the Packers won't continue reinforcing their pass rush in a draft loaded with game changers up front. They reportedly pursued three-technique Malik Jackson to replace Muhammad Wilkerson, and they undoubtedly have the ammunition to come up and get whichever one they prefer in this draft, including potential top-5 pick Quinnen Williams.
And, oh yeah, Aaron Rodgers. The Packers' aggressive start to 2019 inherently takes pressure off perhaps the game's top quarterback, albeit also arguably the one facing the most pressure to improve next season.
Talk about a refreshing change for Packers fans.
It's interesting, too, that while most of the teams spending wildly over the past day have young passers on cost-controlled contracts, the Packers are one of the NFL's most bullish shoppers one year after making Rodgers the richest player in football. With "only" one Super Bowl to show for having the game's most gifted starter for the past 11 seasons, the Packers appear more determined than ever to open their title window even further with No. 12 entering Year 12.
And that's the type of refreshing change Packers fans have been waiting for.