During the course of the 2018 NFL offseason, the landscape of player acquisition has taken a sharp turn. More trades than normal are being conducted, especially by contenders from last season (Rams, Eagles, etc.).
The Rams have acquired Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters through trades this offseason, and Alex Smith was sent to the Redskins through a deal as well. The amount of acquisitions in the trade market have increased this season, opening up more opportunities for the Packers to upgrade.
There have also been a decent amount of higher-caliber players released into free agency or not brought back by their teams. Players like Malcolm Butler, Sammy Watkins and DeMarco Murray, among others, have all either been released or will not be resigned, adding more talent to the free agency pool.
For Green Bay, new general manager Brian Gutekunst has this offseason to show impatient fans what type of activity they can expect in the team improvement category.
With the amount of options out there, let’s look into some options that would make sense for Green Bay to add to their roster.
To the surprise of many Cheeseheads, the Packers decided to somewhat dip into the free agency pool and get some feelers out there, conducting a meeting with Wilkerson last week. While he did leave without a contract, that was his plan all along, as he apparently wanted to consider all options and meet with multiple teams before making a decision.
While the cap space situation looks bleak for GB, Wilkerson is a force on the defensive line, provided he remains focused and gets back to his Pro Bowl-caliber days. Wilkerson is very much in play for Gutekunst and the front office, so look for a deal to at least be offered to him during free agency.
One of the under-the-radar cornerbacks out in free agency, Breaux has had a solid career for the Saints since signing with New Orleans after going undrafted in 2015. On his career, Breaux has three interceptions (all from 2015), but was injured for the entire 2017 season after needing to rehab his broken fibula from the previous season.
While not a major free agent, Green Bay could look to bolster their even-thinner corner depth after the Damarious Randall trade. Breaux would come cheap and could provide instant experience in the secondary.
A big aspect of the cap crunch is what to do with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson’s contracts. Restructuring and/or extending both would add flexibility now, but would either be willing to give up guaranteed money now for a longer deal? Remains to be seen.
Robinson missed last season with a torn ACL, but the Jacksonville Jaguars still advanced to the AFC Championship game without him.
He most likely won’t come cheap, but teams could get a deal on him with his injury last season. If Green Bay is looking to upgrade the receiver position and they either restructure or let go of a wideout, Robinson could be in play for a 3-year deal.
Another player tied to the Packers through various reports, Johnson would instantly become the team’s top corner.
Deemed replaceable as the Rams made two acquisitions for their defensive backfield, Johnson would make sense for Green Bay, even with the hefty price tag. Thought to be in the upper echelon of free agent corners, Johnson would command the vast majority of Green Bay’s current cap space, unless corresponding moves were made.
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Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23