UPDATE: Ignore everything in this article and click here. House is signing a one-year deal with the Packers after all.
One of the free agents currently on the NFL market who seemed a logical choice for the Green Bay Packers to pursue was cornerback Davon House. Just two years removed from leaving Green Bay to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, House was released and left back on the street a few weeks ago.
In his first year with the Jaguars, House played quite well; he started all 16 games, intercepted four passes, and broke up 23 more. He also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to go along with 60 total tackles.
Then 2016 happened. House started just four games before being benched. On Monday, he finally spoke up about what happened last season, and he’s not happy about it.
“The situation this year, if you ask me, was not football-related,” House told Jacksonville.com in January. “There’s no reason why I shouldn’t have been on the field.” The problem, he said, was largely due to a lack of communication from the Jaguars’ coaching staff, led by head coach Gus Bradley: “I would ask, ‘What do I need to work on? Is there a reason why I’m not playing?’ and I never really got the answer.”
It probably should come as no surprise that House was released in light of these comments. Now, with House confident that he can be a productive player again, the question comes back to where he will end up.
However, according to Bill Huber of Packer Report, House will not be coming back to Green Bay.
House had a meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, and as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported, “his market is heating up.” The Steelers could certainly use help at cornerback, and there are plenty of other teams who could be in the market for a 6-foot-plus corner with past success. (UPDATE: the meeting is actually taking place on Tuesday.)
Perhaps the warming market for House is the reason the Packers are now viewed as outsiders in the race to sign him. After all, the team usually looks for bargains on the free agent market — often drawing criticism as they do so — and if more teams are getting involved, that would surely drive up his price.
For now, don’t expect House to return. But if he remains on the market for a few more days or even weeks, that might be the time when Ted Thompson strikes to bring him back into the fold. Stay tuned.