This is part one of a two-part article on what is next for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are the second-lowest team in the league in terms of cap space. They probably won’t sign that many players in open free agency, as they are looking to bring back everybody currently on their roster.
Here are some players that the Packers could offer a veteran-minimum contract deal with potential incentives. These free agents would have the opportunity to play on a Super Bowl-contending team that has made three NFC championship games in a row. The Packers are the first team in NFL history to finish three consecutive seasons with 13 or more wins. Lambeau Field is a great place to play and compete for a future Super Bowl ring.
Here are some possible free agent targets for the Packers:
Antonio Brown, Wide Receiver, Free Agent
Although Antonio Brown has been a menace on the football field, he does offer a lot more than what a rookie wide receiver or any wide receiver would offer on the Packers roster. Brown offers more than Allen Lazard. He offers more than Marquez Valdes-Scantling who’s due for a contract, and Davante Adams wants 30 million dollars per year.
The signing of Antonio Brown would be one of the best signings in the league if it happened. It probably should have been done in the 2020 season. Antonio Brown signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a veteran-minimum contract in 2020.
Melvin Ingram, EDGE, Kansas City Chiefs
Ingram is a three-time Pro Bowler in his career. The Kansas City Chiefs traded to get him at the trade deadline in 2021. In 11 games, he had two sacks and six quarterback hits.
Packers would get a veteran presents at edge rusher, and if they keep Preston Smith around, a three-edge rush rotation will be very good for the Packers’ defense.
Evan Engram, Tight End, New York Giants and/or Emmanuel Sanders, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills
With the potential departure of Robert Tonyan at tight end, the Packers should sign Evan Engram. Tonyan did tear his ACL. His market value could be down because of that injury, so potentially the Packers could bring him back for a one-year incentive deal.
Evan Engram can fill that role perfectly and potentially be even better than Tonyan. Engram has struggled with drop issues ever since he got in the league with the New York Giants. The Giants have been one of the worst teams in the league in recent years. With a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers slinging the rock, Engram can have that breakout.
The Packers did have interest in Emmanuel Sanders in the 2019 trade deadline. But ultimately they did not want to pay a third-round pick, which is what the San Francisco 49ers gave up to get him. Sanders didn’t hint at retiring. He is 34 years old and just came out of a 600-yard season with the Buffalo Bills. This would be a perfect spot addition to a Packers team that hasn’t had a consistent slot receiver in quite some time.
Cornerback Options to Replace Rasul Douglas
Rasul Douglas is potentially out of the Packers window to re-sign him as Spotrac has Douglas at a market value of 9.2 million dollars annual salary. Some players who could replace Douglas are Desmond King, Ahkello Witherspoon, K’Waun Williams, P.J. Williams, Justin Coleman, Mackensie Alexander, and Jason Verrett.
One trade target could be Houston Texans cornerback Jimmy Moreland. The Packers sometimes play three safety sets, also known as a Big Nickel. Some guys I like to fill this role are Kareem Jackson, Dane Cruikshank, and Will Parks.
In my next article, I will talk about how the Packers will get out of this salary cap limit, how they can sign these guys to veteran minimum deals with restructurings, while also re-signing players on the Packers roster.
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