Following another NFC Championship appearance, the Green Bay Packers’ offseason thus far has been one of uncertainty surrounding their most important piece: Aaron Rodgers. Was there ever a true inclination of his departure from Green Bay, no, but the thought raised eyebrows about what Rodgers’ plan potentially was from the get-go.
Despite a second consecutive 13-3 season, the Packers now enter a crucial offseason with multiple key pieces on offense set to enter the open market. With Rodgers now 37, time is slowly ticking, as the focus now turns to general manager Brian Gutekunst to make the necessary moves, adding to an already ultra-talented roster. With the fifth-least amount of cap space available, Gutekunst has to get it right if he decides to go all-in for 2021.
Here are three potential offensive targets the Packers could look to sign when free agency begins.
Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
If there’s any way to keep Rodgers happy, adding pieces to his weaponry could be a good start. Following three relatively underperforming years in Tennessee, Davis enjoyed a breakout year in 2020, totaling career-highs in receiving yards (984) and touchdowns (nine). Adding Allen Robinson or T.Y. Hilton would be ideal, but could prove to be too expensive if the team plans to re-sign Aaron Jones. Davante Adams has developed into a top wideout and will get his no matter what, but an added piece on the opposite side like Davis, who is able to stretch the field and work seamlessly in the intermediate areas—similar to Adams—would take some pressure off of the 2020 All-Pro—allowing for further expansion of Matt LaFleur’s offense. Davis also worked with LaFleur in Tennessee in 2018 when the now-Packers head coach served as the Titans’ offensive coordinator. The connections are there and Davis would fit nicely in Lambeau.
Jon Feliciano, G, Buffalo Bills
At the end of the day, I believe Gutekunst does everything in his power to re-sign offensive line anchor Corey Linsley. If not, look for the team to target Alex Mack or a cheaper option in Austin Reiter from Kansas City. However, Lane Taylor looks to be on his way out following an injury-riddled 2020, which opens the door for Feliciano. With Elgton Jenkins at left guard and Linsley in the middle, adding a mauler in Feliciano could represent one of the league’s top interior lines. After starting just eight games in four seasons as a Raider, Felicano made the trip east and transformed his body into an everyday starter for the Bills. He’s not the greatest athlete, but Feliciano prioritizes his blocks with technique and hand usage. An elite finisher, Feliciano possesses a motor all offensive line junkies love to see. At the end of the day, Rodgers is 37, and the addition of fresh legs up front could be ideal for keeping the league MVP clean in an ever congested pocket.
Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams
Robert Tonyan enjoyed a nice breakout year in 2020. With an aging Mercedes Lewis seemingly on the outs, the addition of Everett would provide a nice duo of options for Rodgers within the Packers’ high-flying offense. Tonyan is expected back, but the addition of the uber-athletic Everett in two tight-end sets would present matchup nightmares across the board.
Just 26 years old, Everett has consistently produced when given the opportunity. He’s recorded 127 receptions in four seasons in Los Angeles, totaling 1,389 receiving yards, good for 10.9 yards a pop—not bad numbers considering he’s started just 11 games in 61 career appearances. At 6-foot-4, Everett is too big for corners and too quick for linebackers.
His skill set has been muffled as a Ram working primarily behind Tyler Higbee, but Everett has all the tools to thrive in Green Bay.
- Aug 22, 2022
- Aug 22, 2022