With the 2018 season over the Green Bay Packers have hired their new coach, and also retained Mike Pettine as the defensive coordinator. Head coach Matt Lafleur is still looking to fill the offensive coordinator position along with a few other vacancies along the coaching staff.
The focus now turns on potential free agents the Packers could be looking at. With multiple big names for the Packers hitting free agency, they could be looking at roughly forty million dollars of cap space to fill some vital positions.
Lets take a look at who the Packers could possibly land this year, and help them get the Lombardi trophy back where it belongs.
Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end for the Houston Texans would be a dream come true if the Packers could land this guy in free agency. At six foot five inches and two-hundred and seventy pounds, he can be a game changer disrupting the opposing quarterback, something the Packers need very badly. In 62 games played for the Texans, he has twenty nine sacks, two-hundred and five combined tackles, and eleven passes defended. If the Texans do not decide to franchise tag him, he would look at around eighteen million a year from another team.
Dee Ford, another defensive end with great pass rush ability is set to hit the open market this year stands at six foot two inches and weighs two-hundred and fifty two pounds. In 67 games played he has thirty and a half sacks, one-hundred and thirty seven combined tackles, and six passes defended. Like Clowney, Dee Ford has the pass rush ability to be a game changer, and that is hard to find in the NFL draft. He will demand a high price as well, hovering right at the eighteen million dollar mark.
The Packers are very thin at the safety position, even when Green Bay had HaHa Clinton-Dix (traded to Washington for a 2019 fourth round pick) it was a lack luster group. Adding Collins would be a great addition, he is the quarterback of the defense, with a very high football IQ and will lay some massive hits on opposing players. Collins stands at six feet and weighs two-hundred and twenty two pounds, he is also only twenty five years old. In fifty nine games played he has racked up four-hundred and thirty seven combined tackles, four sacks, eight interceptions, one touchdown, and thirty two passes defended. Signing Collins would be a great addition to our already young and talented defense, it would cost roughly around twelve million a year.
The Packers need to sure up the pass rusher position and the safety position, and have to make it a priority this offseason. General manager Brian Gutekunst didn’t disappoint us last year with bringing in free agents and I’m sure with the extra money, this year will not be any different.
Stay tuned to PackersTalk.com for more potential free agents the Packers could target this year, along with draft prospects they could be looking at as well.