The Green Bay Packers, and the rest of the NFL, are now in the “legal tampering” window of free agency. While free agency does not officially begin until the afternoon of March 15, teams and players can begin contract negotiations now. As a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the Packers team, the front office is hopeful that they can bring back two of their defensive free agents from last season.
The Green Bay Packers Believe They Can Re-Sign Keisean Nixon and Adrian Amos
In a report recently published by Bill Huber, it is stated that the Packers believe that they will be able to bring back both Keisean Nixon and Adrian Amos. Huber writes:
“Including playoffs, Adrian Amos started all 71 games during his four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He didn’t just play in every game, he played practically every meaningful snap.
“Keisean Nixon spent one season with the Packers. During the second half of the season, his explosive kick returns didn’t just change the field position. They changed the entire outlook on special teams.
“With the free agent negotiating period starting at 11 a.m. Central on Monday, a source said the Packers would like both players back and are working to make it happen, but they are expected to hit the open market.”
The mentioning of Amos here is both surprising and unsurprising. On the one hand, Amos had his worst season in a Packers uniform last year. Opposing quarterbacks had a 107.7 passer rating when targeting Amos. In 2021, Amos allowed a respectable 61.9% completion percentage when targeted. That sky-rocketed to 70% in 2022. He did have a career-high 102 tackles last season and a miniscule 3.8% missed tackle percentage, though.
On the other hand, the Packers are staring at a black hole when it comes to the safety position. Darnell Savage played better in the slot than he did at safety and should be moved there fulltime. While the Packers will undoubtedly draft a safety (or two, or three) in the upcoming draft, they also need veterans. Amos may be the most affordable one.
As far as re-signing Nixon goes, it is simply a no-brainer. He was the best kickoff returner Green Bay had seen since the days of Desmond Howard, and he did it in just half a season. Hopefully the Packers are at the forefront of the market for him. Losing him would be a major loss.
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