Green Bay Packers' Top Remaining Offseason Priorities
For starters, there are still some moves for this team to make in free agency. There are also a handful of players that need contract extensions or need their contracts reworked to favor Green Bay.
Let's take a look at the top offseason priorities that remain for the Packers.
Sign a Veteran Safety
The Packers have already missed out on all the big-name safeties on the market who could make a huge impact. However, they now need to look for a veteran safety to add some depth to the roster.
With Morgan Burnett as the only experienced safety on the roster, Green Bay could really use a veteran safety to help shore up the position. The Packers will almost certainly add a safety or two during the NFL draft, but it'd still be nice to have some experience when the regular season kicks off.
One player who could potentially make sense is Steve Gregory, who played for the New England Patriots last year. He's coming off a down season, and he would be a cheaper option for the Packers to fill this need.
Extend Jordy Nelson
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been one of the better receivers in the league over the past handful of seasons. He also becomes a free agent next year.
The last thing the Packers need to have happen is have Nelson hit the open market. Should that happen, the price to keep Nelson would skyrocket, and it'd be extremely difficult for Green Bay to match offers other teams could give him.
What the Packers ultimately need to do before the start of the 2014 season is to extend Nelson. They certainly have the cap space this year to extend Nelson and keep him in Green Bay for the foreseeable future.
Do the Same with Randall Cobb
As important as it is for the Packers to extend Nelson, it might be even more important for them to do the same with wide receiver Randall Cobb. He is also set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2014 season.
Cobb is younger than Nelson by a good five years. He's also a more dynamic playmaker in the open field.
However, what ultimately makes Cobb a player who the Packers absolutely need to extend this offseason is his potential. He's only beginning to scratch the surface of what he can do on the football field.
With the sky literally the limit for Cobb, the Packers would be wise to lock him up before he can hit free agency next year.
Rework Tramon Williams' Contract
Does anyone think that cornerback Tramon Williams deserves to be paid like one of the top cornerbacks in the league? Maybe three years ago that would have been okay, but not heading into the 2014 season.
However, Williams' average salary is currently the ninth highest for cornerbacks in the NFL, according to Spotrac.com. What the Packers ultimately need to do is rework Williams' contract so his cap hit isn't nearly as severe as it currently is.
This might not be what Williams wants, but he should realize that he's simply not the player he was when the Packers originally gave him his big contract. He's still got the potential to be the No. 2 cornerback on the team, which is what his contract should show.
Reworking Williams' contract to lower the value of it is an offseason move the Packers need to make.
Sign a Fullback
While fullback certainly isn't as important of a position as it used to be, it's still a valuable position for a team like the Packers. Unfortunately, they currently don't have a fullback like they need on their roster. Sure, they have Ina Liaian, but he's simply a run-blocking fullback and nothing else.
The obvious choice would be to bring back John Kuhn, a favorite of fans in Green Bay. Kuhn has continued to have talks with the Packers, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Even if the Packers ultimately don't re-sign Kuhn, they'll still want to find a player who can fill his role in the offense as a pass blocker and receiving option.
Figure out Backup Quarterback Situation
The Packers don't necessarily need to figure out who the backup quarterbacks will be next year, but they need to figure out their plan for the backup position.
What they ultimately need to decide is whether they want to find a No. 3 quarterback in the draft or in free agency. Once they do that, they need to stick to that plan and not waver from it.
The last thing the Packers need is the same type of situation that they had last year at the quarterback position. This is the most important position to have stability and legitimate depth at, and Green Bay needs to figure out its plan so they can have that once the regular season rolls around.
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