Packers' Mark Murphy on free agency, Guion, team-building and Titletown District-building

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The Green Bay Packers, like 31 other NFL teams, are in the process right now of constructing their 2017 roster. The free agent period has begun, with some retainees like Nick Perry and departures like JC TretterMicah Hyde and Julius Peppers.

Unlike most other NFL teams, the Packers are also having a transformational construction period around Lambeau Field, with Titletown District springing up all around Lambeau Field.

Packers president Mark Murphy is shepherding the team through this combination of two formative processes. He was glad to see Perry remain.

"Really please we're able to keep Nick Perry, a really talented player...his only question is staying healthy," said Murphy on Scaffidi and Bilstad Friday.

"For Tretter, Micah Hyde, you hate to lose them...they're going to be paid as starters. For us, we're not able to do that."

Though assuredly Murphy doesn't like to see productive free agents leave, he said he was very happy to see Peppers return to his home state of North Carolina to play with the Carolina Panthers.

"You have to be careful not to overpay (in free agency) with a set salary cap...you have to make difficult decisions," he admitted.

The NFL has suspended defensive lineman Letroy Guion again, this time for a drug-related charge. Murphy explained the continuing issues with Guion.

"Letroy has been a good player for us...one of the nicest people...has got an issue with marijuana," explained Murphy.

"Marijuana is a tough (issue) because it's legal in 27 states. Letroy knows what the (NFL) rules are."

Meanwhile, Murphy said that off the field, Titletown District is growing ahead of schedule.

"The milder winter has really helped us," he said, explaining that the Hinterland Brewing Company location there will open during April, with Lodge Kohler and Bellin Health potentially opening in July.

Murphy addressed much more on all these subjects. Listen above in your Soundcloud player.

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