Coming out of this year’s draft, the Green Bay Packers were able to address key areas of their roster, helping keep their championship window open, even with the ongoing situation involving Aaron Rodgers.
But bringing in these rookies also puts the jobs of proven veterans in potential jeopardy – these moves could potentially free up cap space, something that, in the long run, would help out this team in maybe more ways than keeping them on the roster.
Here are three veterans potentially on the roster bubble heading into camp.
The six-year veteran from Northwestern has been a common name brought up in roster crunch conversations, and Dean Lowry has not proven to be worthy of his three-year, $20.325 million extension he signed back in 2019.
While playing a role on the defensive line that helps take pressure off of Kenny Clark, Lowry has failed to produce in a way that keeps his roster spot safe – even with his health being a strong part of his game (having only missed one game across his first five seasons), the likes of Tyler Lancaster and Kingsley Keke are in line for more snaps, potentially phasing Lowry out of this season’s plans.
Another member of the defense that could be on his way out is Preston Smith, even with his recent salary and incentive conversion.
A move away from a member of the Smith Brothers would likely only come in the form of a trade, as moving that kind of salary that he is guaranteed (even after removing his $4M roster bonus) would not be smart for the team to do. Moving on from his is extremely unlikely, but there is a slight possibility of it happening – especially with the expanding role that Rashan Gary is likely to have this season.
Equanimeous St. Brown
Even though this team’s WR ranks needs a lot of established depth, we could see Equanimeous St. Brown being moved on, especially if Devin Funchess looks good after having sat out last year and if rookie Amari Rodgers ends up being the real deal that he was drafted to be out of Clemson.
St. Brown has had his fair share of prove-it moments for this team, but countless times he has not been able to step up when needed to, essentially writing the book for him. With the depth chart likely looking like Davante Adams / Allen Lazard / Funchess / Marquez Valdes-Scantling / Amari Rodgers / St. Brown, he is likely fighting for a roster spot if he can be a contributor on special teams.뿓뿓뿓
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