The Packers have no excuse not to find an upgrade at safety in 2019 free agency. At least 10 players set to hit the open market would probably be better than Josh Jones, Kentrell Brice, and a soon to be 36-year-old Tramon Williams.
Here are some of those safeties that would help the Packers defense in 2019:
Earl Thomas- 3x All-Pro free safety and best safety on the market but has missed 19 games over the last three seasons.
Landon Collins- Pro-Bowl safety still in his prime at 25 and is at his best as a box safety. However, production has dropped over the last two seasons.
Lamarcus Joyner- Will probably be too expensive for a 5-8 free safety with only four interceptions in five years.
Tyrann Mathieu- Both the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans are unwilling to pay him so something is up. Mathieu is extremely versatile with the ability to drop deep in coverage, man up in the slot, and be an effective blitzer off the edge.
Tre Boston- A member of three different teams in five years but has eight interceptions over the last two seasons. He can play in the box and as a deep safety and will likely be very cheap.
Adrian Amos- Good safety in run support, reliable in coverage, but is an average playmaker. A team might overpay for him considering he will be only 26 in April.
Teams will be able to begin preliminary discussions on March 11th before actual signings coming in to play March 13th at 4 pm. At that time a ton of players will be on new teams and Green Bay is expected to be in the thick of things. According to Spotrac, they rank 14th in the league with about $33 million in cap space. It would be the first black eye on Brian Gutekunst’s resume to not land a starting-caliber safety this offseason.
This isn’t an argument for the Packers to break the bank on guys like Thomas or Collins, however, those are certainly options. Letting go of HaHa Clinton-Dix was a clear indication the team is not satisfied with average to even slightly above average safety play. That said, the team has other needs that may push the front office to spend their money conservatively by adding multiple pieces and not just one or two big names.
___________________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.