The Green Bay Packers will definitely need to address their defensive secondary now.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, former Packers cornerback Davon House is expected to come to an agreement with the Jacksonville Jaguars when free agency officially begins at 4 PM Eastern on Tuesday. Rapoport also reports that the annual value of House's contract will be $6.25 million, and the report has been confirmed by multiple Packers beat writers.
Specifically, Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin reports that the deal with the Jaguars will be for four years and $25 million, with $10 million guaranteed, and that the Packers' best offer was much lower, at $17 million and $5 million guaranteed for the same length of time.
Adding to the Jaguars' allure for House is the chance to play for DeWayne Walker, Jacksonville's defensive backs coach, who was the head coach at New Mexico State during House's college career.
House, who is listed at 6'0" and 195 pounds, has been the tallest corner on the Packers' roster in recent years and has grown into a solid defender on the boundary. In 2014, he played in 13 games (starting four) and recorded 31 total tackles, one interception, a forced fumble, and 10 passes defended.
House's Packers career got off to a slow start, however, due to several injuries. He missed much of his rookie training camp in 2011, and was limited to just special teams duty in two games that season. Then in 2012, he was expected to take a large step forward but hurt his shoulder in the preseason, keeping him out for the first six games. He played nine contests that season (starting five).
Over the past two years, however, House has played in all but three games, with nine starts, and recorded his first two interceptions. His solid play on the outside has allowed Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde to focus their efforts in the slot, and has also helped the Packers withstand short-term injuries to starting corner Sam Shields.
The Packers still have a pair of corners remaining as unrestricted free agents: six-year starter Tramon Williams and special teams specialist Jarrett Bush.
Stay tuned for more updates.