In a move that became more and more imminent throughout the last couple of weeks, the Green Bay Packers are resigning Kevin King. The veteran cornerback is returning to the Packers on a one-year $6 million deal.
PACKERS BRING BACK KEVIN KING👑
1-year, $6 Million
A true “prove-it” situation that gives King a chance at redemptions and the front-office draft-day flexibility
— IKE Packers Podcast (@IKE_Packers) March 23, 2021
For months, the Packers have been linked to several free agent cornerbacks. However, as more and more of them came off of the market, it appeared more and more likely Kevin King would be a Packer in 2021.
A Real “Prove It” Deal
Needless to say, the play of Kevin King in 2020 left many fans dissatisfied. Ever since the Packers drafted him ahead of TJ Watt, King has faced an uphill battle with fans. His three straight seasons of a missed tackle rate over 15% has not helped his case. Neither did his poor defense in the NFC Championship game, when he infamously gave up a long touchdown pass at the end of the half.
The Packers, however, do not have much cap space and could not afford to sign any possible free agents. Kevin King, due to his poor play, likely was not going to get a starting job elsewhere. This makes his deal a true “prove it” deal, where he can earn a larger deal on the market next season.
A Message to Packers’ Fans
This is not the signing many fans wanted. However, it is the signing that the Packers could afford with cap situation they are in. No one asked for COVID 19 to force empty stadiums. No one asked for loss of revenue. Obviously, the Packers would love to do more in free agency. They are simply doing what they can with what they have available.
Kevin King may not be the most popular Packer; but he is a Packer. Let’s hope he plays well in a new system and proves all the doubters wrong.
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