Shortly after the news broke that All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander had agreed to a record contract extension with the Green Bay Packers on Monday, one of his teammates posed a rhetorical question on Twitter.

“What wins championships,” Packers outside linebacker Preston Smith posted.

The defense sure did its part last season, finishing ninth overall and holding the San Francisco 49ers without an offensive touchdown in the NFC divisional playoff loss in January.

It’s also how the Packers might have to win in the post-Aaron Rodgers era -- whether that’s in a year or three.

Either way, it sure seems like general manager Brian Gutekunst agrees with Smith.

Consider all the moves he has made to fortify that side of the ball:

  • Made Alexander the highest-paid defensive back in the NFL with a four-year, $84 million contract.
  • Used both of the Packers' 2022 first-round draft picks (Nos. 22 and 28) on defensive players in linebacker Quay Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt.
  • Brought in veteran defensive tackle Jarran Reed on a one-year, $3.25 million deal.
  • Signed cornerback Rasul Douglas to a three-year, $21 million deal.