When I picture Packers GM Ted Thompson on a day like today I see him sitting in his office with his phone turned off and his hands behind his head. Maybe he has diet soda on his desk, but nothing too eratic. While most teams treat free agency as a feeding frenzy, Thompson playfully nibbles on what is in front of him. If not for the resigning of linebacker Nick Perry, someone should have been hammering his door down. Maybe someone should do it anyway. The Packers locked Perry in for the next five years, but failed to retain safety Micah Hyde who was lost to the Buffalo Bills. Now the Packers desperately need to add someone to the secondary and not just through the draft. Preferably someone as reliable as Hyde.
In his four years in Green Bay Hyde missed only one game. Though he was not a regular starter his versatility to play safety and slot corner was a rare find. A component this ailing secondary needs and likely won’t find in the current market.
Hyde confirmed via Twitter the Packers did not even make an attempt to bring him back.
A HUGE thank you to Packernation for the last 4 years. Although GB didn't make an offer, I'm so EXCITED to become a Bill. Thank you Buffalo!
— Micah Hyde (@micah_hyde) March 9, 2017
Did Ted just forget about him? We all know he was not making calls to other free agents.
Without Hyde the Packers are putting a lot of faith into undrafted free agent safety Kentrell Brice. Brice showed flashes in limited action last year. We know he can make a big hit, but he can’t return punts or make plays on the ball as well as Hyde can.
If Thompson is awake he better be on the horn with the agents of corners still on the market. Former Packers Tramon Williams and Davon House are names to weigh on. These two are not much to gawk at, but both are veterans comfortable with Capers’ 3-4 defense. Some familiarity is something this young secondary needs badly.
Other names I hope Thompson is considering at corner includes: Alterraun Verner, Captain Munnerlyn, and Darius Butler.
Wake up, Ted. Now is the ideal time.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.