The Green Bay Packers have signed defensive end Fadol Brown to a contract extension ahead of the start of free agency next week.Brown posted a photo of himself signing a new deal with the Packers on his instagram account Wednesday night. According to Michael Cohen of TheAthletic.com Womens Davon House Jersey , Cohen is signing a one-year extension with the team.Brown was set to be an exclusive rights free agent since he has fewer than three accrued seasons of experience. The Packers could have tendered him a minimum contract and kept control of him for 2019. The one-year extension has accomplished the same result through different means.Brown has appeared in just 12 games over two seasons with the Packers and Oakland Raiders. He spent all of the 2017 season on the Raiders practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Mississippi. He appeared in eight games for Oakland last year before being released and claimed off waivers by Green Bay in December. He appeared in each of the final four games of the year for the Packers, recording three tackles. First-time head coach Matt LaFleur will enjoy a rare three-game homestand during the first month of the regular season."Matt LaFleur will face numerous challenges during his first season as an NFL head coach. He must rebuild a Green Bay Packers offense that stagnated over the past few years while forging a bond with his talented but mercurial franchise quarterback and making sure his defense and special-teams units receive ample attention.However, LaFleur and his team will enjoy a favorable early schedule in terms of travel. After a short flight to Chicago to open the season Brett Favre Jersey White , the Packers do not leave Lambeau Field for the rest of September. The long homestand provides the first-time head coach with a certain measure of consistency as he adjusts to an otherwise hectic and demanding role.Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesGreen Bay Packers’ 2019 ScheduleThough the NFL schedule makers have given teams three consecutive home games in the past, they do so only on rare occasions. Not counting playoffs, the Packers have played just two three-game homestands since the year 2000 http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-josh-jones-jersey , their most recent coming in 2016. Additionally, LaFleur and his players don’t leave the central time zone until their Week 9 tilt with the Los Angeles Chargers, and the schedule doesn’t force Green Bay to play three straight road games at any point in 2019.The fortuitous travel schedule doesn’t account for strength of opponents Montravius Adams Jersey White , and the Packers face three teams fresh off playoff appearances during the opening five weeks. Green Bay will also have to battle through a rough midseason road trip featuring matchups with the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. Those games, at least on paper, look like a daunting task for any team.Even so Bryan Bulaga Jersey , the lack of early travel provides LaFleur with a more comfortable environment in which to establish himself and his regime. The homestand doesn’t guarantee success, but it should make life easier for a 39-year-old head coach still honing his craft.