The Packers aren’t usually known for targeting big name players in free agency. However, after making the playoffs consistently, yet, failing to get over the hump, they’ve had to listen to fans and even players complain. There has been some talk that they may actually go out on a limb this year.
A.J. Bouye, CB, Houston Texans
There is no doubt that cornerback is the Packers biggest position of need going into the offseason and that they will need to find a way to fill it. This kid climbed from 4th on the depth chart, to playing at a Pro Bowl level in very little time. He has the skills to play at a very high level in any defense and with Packers in need of someone to step up and stop the bleeding, Bouye could have an even bigger breakout season in Green Bay.
Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo Bills
Its highly unlikely that the Packers would dish out the money it would take to lock up Gilmore. Especially, now that offenses have started to figure him out and have been able to take advantage of his weaknesses in coverage. That doesn’t take away the fact that he possesses the skills to become a shutdown corner again and could be the piece this team need to fix the major hole in their defense. That’s the risk Green Bay would need to be willing to take.
Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals
The experts have been advertising Campbell as the piece that could put a team over the Hump. If I was Green Bay’s front office, that would definitely get my attention. There isn’t another team that has been on that hump as consistently as the Packers have lately. If they had another guy to shore up the line and help get some pressure on the opposing team’s quarterback, this team could be considered an instant contender.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
This move could make sense for a couple of very different reasons. It’s always a good thing when you can get a superstar from a rival to come over to your side. First of all, Peterson is familiar with one of the Packers biggest division foes and could be very helpful in the scouting process. Mainly though, the Packers are down to only, Ty Montgomery, who started last season as a wide receiver, as the only running back on their depth chart. They would love to see AP have a bounce back season in Green and Gold.
Dont’a Hightower, ILB , New England Patriots
If you know anything about the Patriots; they don’t keep players they aren’t 100% sold on and they don’t get rid of players they like. It’s got to make you wonder then, if Hightower does make to the open market, is there something wrong with him. The good news is the Patriots still seem to be in hot pursuit. The Packers have had a need at this position for sometime. Even though they have some young guys with promise who can play the MLB spot,it never hurts to bring in a proven veteran playmaker.