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Cheese Curds, 2/23: There are plenty of free agent options for Packers’ secondary

Will Brian Gutekunst open up the checkbook for a cornerback in a few weeks?

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One position where the Green Bay Packers have struggled to maintain consistency in the past few years is at cornerback. With so many draft picks at the position in the past half-decade plus big changes due to injuries and losing players in free agency, the team’s starting group has had very little continuity year over year.

Meanwhile, the safety position has some question marks as well with Morgan Burnett hitting the market and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix needing a big bounce-back season.

While the possibility of adding players to the secondary via the draft remains in 2018, there appear to be a number of intriguing options for the Packers in free agency. Those options come with both large and moderate price tags, with the latter group much more likely to result in a signing.

Furthermore, there is one star corner who appears to be on the trading block, though for valid reasons. In today’s curds we’ll look at some of these players who might interest GM Brian Gutekunst.

Five potential cornerback targets for Packers |
Pete Dougherty addresses the rumors about Marcus Peters and whether he would fit in with Mike McCarthy and company in Green Bay. Peters might come cheap for a shutdown corner, but the big questions revolve around his maturity and ability to take criticism and coaching.

Signing Aaron Colvin could be Packers’ answer to losing Casey Hayward | Packers Wire
Colvin had a stellar year in Jacksonville as a slot corner and, like Hayward, he appears primed to contribute for someone on the boundary. Here's a great look at Colvin and what he could bring to the Packers' defense.

Top 10 pass rushers to pursue in free agency, 2018 NFL Draft -
Gil Brandt breaks down ten options for teams looking for pass rush help -- the top ten consists of five free agents and five top draft prospects with Bradley Chubb leading the way. calls free agent Eric Reid a ‘fun’ fit for Packers | Packers Wire
While Colvin could help the cornerbacks group, Reid is a player we talked about as a fun trade target last season. He could play a similar role to Josh Jones or Morgan Burnett at safety and Nitro linebacker, and he's much younger than Burnett while also likely to sign a somewhat smaller contract.

Big plays are the name of the game |
Wes Hodkiewicz discusses the next steps for Blake Martinez -- those big plays mentioned in the headline -- and looks back at the season-ending game in 1999, which was a bizarre finish.

NFL Draft 2018: Lamar Jackson as WR, other bad takes from scouts, analysts -
Funny how so many of these takes are about quarterbacks, isn't it? Mel Kiper really exposed himself on Josh Allen vs. Lamar Jackson, and "bad face" is a weird way to assess a QB.