Apparently the Packers are going to run it back.
Cornerback remained one of the biggest questions for the Green Bay Packers, with no clear #2 on the boundary opposite Jaire Alexander until this morning. However, Tuesday brought news that Kevin King is headed back to Green Bay on a one-year contract as the team elects to bring back the same starting secondary that it had in 2020.
One question about King’s new deal is how the Packers will fit it under the salary cap. With a contract adjustment for Aaron Rodgers seemingly coming — one that evidently involves more than just the conversion of some money into a signing bonus — that could be a possibility.
But ultimately, this one-year deal all but confirms that the Packers will still be in the market for a cornerback in the 2021 NFL Draft. One school of thought is that the team would bring in a veteran budget CB2 in free agency on a one-year deal to help bridge the gap for a highly-drafted rookie to start in 2022; that is still the case, only the bridge corner is a familiar face.
So let’s dive a bit into the cornerback class in the 2021 Draft in today’s curds and see who is worthy of serious consideration.
Don’t be surprised by Packers’ start to the offseason | Packers Wire
Let's face it: 2019 looks like a major outlier. 2020 and 2021 have been much more traditional in terms of the Packers' activities in free agency, with this season's moves driven at least in part by the salary cap.
Inbox: The years pass but the legacy endures | Packers.com
Wes Hodkiewicz answers a fun question about the Packers' best pick in each round of the draft over the last 30 years.
Top 14 cornerbacks for 2021 NFL Draft: Caleb Farley, Patrick Surtain II lead talented pack – The Athletic (subscription)
Caleb Farley might be #1 based on his tape, but his medicals will surely scare off some teams. Meanwhile, this ranking puts potential Packers targets Greg Newsome II and Asante Samuel, Jr. at #4 and #9 respectively.
2021 NFL free agency: Best contracts given out so far | NFL.com
Obviously the Packers don't show up here, as paying a running back to stick around will rarely get on a list of best deals.
2021 NFL free agency: Worst contracts given out so far | NFL.com
At least the Packers won't show up on this list, though, having avoided giving out any big money to outside players.
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