The Packers have been uncharacteristically aggressive in the 2019 off-season. General Manager Gutekunst did not waste time during his first full off-season to make necessary additions to the team. With talented players still on the market, I do not believe the Packers are done in free agency yet. The players on this list may not have been stars on their previous teams, but they bring a unique skill set to immediately contribute.
Darius Philon, DT
The Packers have had a serious injury problem on the defensive side of the ball for years. The team had injuries in every defensive group last season. The Packers lost Jake Ryan, Muhammad Wilkerson, Kevon King, and Mike Daniels, at different times last season. The Packers have talent on defense but cannot seem to stay healthy during the course of the season. Signing Philon will give the Packers depth at arguably their strongest position on defense. Philon is a strong defensive tackle who can stop the run. In addition to being a strong run defender, Philon can still get after the quarterback– something the Packers desperately need from their defense. Last season, Philon managed to record four sacks. Philon would be a great compliment to Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels along the defensive line next season. The Packers defensive line could potentially give offenses some real trouble next season, something they haven’t done the past few years.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR
Kelvin Benjamin has gone from a potential future star receiver in the NFL, to a player who gets cut by the Buffalo Bills. Benjamin started off strong in Carolina by having close to 2,000 receiving yards in his first two seasons, but his production has declined each season thereafter. Benjamin’s decline can be blamed on a few different things: an injury that kept him out of the 2015 season, being out of shape, or his poor relationship with Cam Newton. Even with the lack of production lately, one positive attribute he has is his 6-5 body frame. He would give Aaron Rodgers a receiver who could contest for jump balls, and become an immediate red zone threat. Kelvin Benjamin is the biggest question mark on this list, but he could be a cheap contract that could flourish within the Packer’s team culture.
Quinton Spain, OG
The one word I would use to describe the Packer’s offensive line in the 2018 season would be injured. The Packers had 10 different linemen take snaps for them during last season. The sole linemen to play every snap for the team this past season was Corey Linsley. The Packer’s offensive line has declined since parting ways with Josh Sitton and TJ Lang. The plague of injuries and the trouble to find solid replacements for the former Pro Bowl guards can be to blame for the pressure that Rodgers faces game to game. Quinton Spain would not only provide another big body to put in the guard position, but also a lineman who is familiar with LaFleur’s system. Spain played with LaFluer in Tennessee last season and started 14 games for the team. The Titans finished the season in Pro Football Focus’ top ten in offensive line power rankings. With a future hall of fame quarterback in Rodgers and dynamic running back in Aaron Jones, the Packer’s offensive line needs to improve to capitalize on the talent around them.
Eric Berry, S
The Packers have been busy this offseason signing three starting defensive players. Fans have been begging the team to be more aggressive, and finally, they brought in immediate impact players. The Packers have a chance to sign another impact player to their team with Eric Berry. Berry has had trouble staying on the field the last two season with various injuries. He was released by the Chiefs after signing Mathieu. The Packers spent money on another safety in Amos this offseason, but signing Berry could bring much-needed experience to a young defense. The Packers drafted four corners in the last two drafts, and besides Tramon Williams, they are extremely young in the secondary. Eric Berry would bring leadership and guidance to the young core, and after missing most of the last two seasons, could sign a bargain deal.
Robby Anderson, WR
The Packers have a strong need for a receiver who can open the field. Anderson would bring size and speed to a Packers’ offense that has been stagnant at times the past few seasons. Anderson managed six touchdowns last year while having Sam Darnold as his quarterback. He also showed his big-play capability last season by scoring a touchdown, which would have been the longest touchdown reception for the Packers last season. Signing Anderson wouldn’t be a sure thing since he is a restricted free agent, but the Packers could still get him to agree to an offer sheet.
This next signing is purely selfish and based solely off of want instead of need. The Packer’s new GM should make the biggest splash he can and bring in former rival Ndamukong Suh. Before fans start bringing up the stomping incident, the late hits, and occasional nut shots, let’s remember he is still one of the best interior defensive linemen in the game. I know Brett Favre coming back as the Packer’s starting quarterback is probably more likely than this signing, but thinking of the attitude Mike Daniels and Suh would bring to every game makes this my dream signing.