Reports from late Friday night are suggesting that the Jacksonville Jaguars will be releasing former Green Bay Packers defensive back Davon House. House has not lived up to the hype when he chased the money to warmer climates back in 2015. That offseason, he signed a 4-year, $24.5 million deal to take over as the number one corner for the Jags. His first year in Jacksonville wasn’t bad, as he ended up with four interceptions and 23 pass breakups. He also added 60 total tackles.
After that 2015 season, things in Jacksonville changed for House. The Jags drafted Jalen Ramsey number five overall in 2016 and signed, free agent Prince Amukamura that same year. House slid down to number three on the depth chart, which he eventually lost out to Aaron Colvin, a 4th-round pick from 2014. The Jags will, understandably, not want to pay $6 million a year to a fourth string player and cut their losses. House had no signing bonus and all of his guaranteed money came in his first two years, so the Jaguars get out of his contract with no dead money against the salary cap.
A question that now presents itself is that the Packers need help at the corner position and will they look to a familiar face to help solidify the position? House will be added to a long list of free agent corners for the 2017 offseason. He joins such names as A.J. Bouye, Stephon Gilmore, Morris Claiborne, Sam Shields, and the previously mentioned player who beat him out, Prince Amukamara. It won’t help him that this is one of the deepest draft classes at the cornerback position in recent memory either.
Personally, I think the Packers take a wait and see approach with House. First, the Packers need to check in with the better free agents to start and see where the chips fall with the draft in April. If House is still available at the end of April or early May, they should take a look at him. If he’s still available then, he’ll probably be asking for a low-risk contract and we know how the Packers love those types of deals. What do you think?