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Cheese Curds, 3/27: Packers’ secondary remains intact, but long-term needs loom

Do the Packers need to invest in their secondary this offseason? For 2020 they should be in decent shape, but questions loom for 2021 and beyond.

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The Green Bay Packers are in a fortunate position this offseason relative to their divisional rivals. The team’s secondary from last year remains almost entirely intact, something that cannot be said for the rest of the NFC North.

Yes, Tramon Williams is a free agent, but although he played well last season and spent nearly 75% of the time on the field on defense, he remains a possibility to return for one more go in 2020 at the age of 37. But even if he departs or retires, the Packers have not lost a starting defensive back this offseason, while the rest of the division has seen major players in their secondaries leave as free agents, cuts, or trade bait.

With that said, it’s never a bad idea to keep replenishing the stockpile of talented defensive backs, and the Packers do have some concerns after the upcoming season that make the secondary a long-term priority. Kevin King’s contract is up after 2020, and if the team cannot or will not extend his deal, they will be on the lookout for a new starter next offseason. Jaire Alexander is eligible for a fifth-year option for 2022, so the decision on him can wait another couple of years, but he’ll need a new contract at some point.

The safety position seems well-stocked for now at the top, but depth and versatility at that spot is always crucial as well, particularly for a Mike Pettine defense. So if the Packers can identify players who fit their scheme and needs in this year’s draft, don’t be surprised if they make some investments in that area, even as the team does not appear to have an urgent need there for the coming season.

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