The Green Bay Packers are one of the youngest teams in the NFL heading into the 2023 season. Several long-time veterans have departed, notably four-time MVP and 18-year veteran Aaron Rodgers. In addition, Randall Cobb, Dean Lowry, Allen Lazard, Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan, and Adrian Amos have all departed. All of these players have found new teams, except for Lewis and Amos. Due to the lack of quality of depth at the safety position, there are still rumblings that Amos could still re-sign with Green Bay.
Should the Green Bay Packers Bring Back Safety Adrian Amos?
Adrian Amos was one of the three high-profile defensive free agents that the Packers signed ahead of the 2019 season. Along with Amos, both Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith were signed by Green Bay. In his four seasons with the Packers, Amos emerged as a team captain and locker room later. While his play declined over the past two seasons, he still presents himself as a better option as a starter than many others on the current roster.
In an article posted by Yardbarker, the argument for re-signing Amos is explained as follows:
“Adrian Amos remains to be one of the top options available in free agency after playing out his contract with the Packers. There hasn’t been much reported mutual interest between Amos and the Packers but a return to Green Bay would make sense.
“Green Bay could use the depth at safety and Amos provides a veteran presence as well as a player who knows the system already. He was also a captain on the team which showed the leadership role he had on the team. The Baltimore Ravens have expressed some interest in Amos but it remains to be seen on what he’ll do.”
Amos just finished a four-year $36 million contract with the Packers. Currently, Spotrac has his market value at three years and $20.686 million, or $6.8 million per year. Green Bay currently has about $16 million available in salary cap space, but has yet to sign its practice squad. If a reunion with Amos does happen, it will likely have to be for less than his market value.
Is that something Amos is willing to do? The only other team that he has been reported to have met with this offseason is the Baltimore Ravens. The longer he remains un-signed, the lower his price will be. As mentioned, his production dropped over the past two seasons. At 30 years old, he still could garner a multi-year deal; however, signing a one-year prove-it deal with a team and system with which he is familiar might be the best thing for him.
As for the Packers, they may wait to see how their current safeties perform in training camp and preseason games. If they are not satisfied with the quality of the safety play, a reunion with Amos may be in their best interest as well.