The NFL free agency period for the 2023 offseason started over a month ago. The Green Bay Packers have had a pedestrian start, with no significant signings for the club a week before the NFL draft. The Packers watched veterans on both sides of the ball leave for other teams. The Packers have several needs on the roster, primarily with pass-catching on offense and the pass rush and secondary on defense.
As Wendell Ferreira with Cheesehead TV points out, four players from the 2022 team still haven’t signed with a team yet.
- Safety Adrian Amos
- Wide Receiver Randall Cobb
- Kicker Mason Crosby
- Tight End Marcedes Lewis
#Packers unrestricted FAs still available:
S Adrian Amos
WR Randall Cobb
K Mason Crosby
TE Marcedes Lewis
— Wendell Ferreira (@wendellfp) April 17, 2023
Should the Green Bay Packers sign these players?
All four players filled a roster spot last season that is a position of need for the Green Bay Packers this offseason. But would they fit on the 2023 roster?
Amos was a team captain for the Packers last season. He’s a solid veteran who could help the defense if the Packers take first-year contributors at a pass-rushing position in the NFL draft. If the Packers take project players later in the draft, paying Amos to be on a rebuilding defensive roster wouldn’t make sense.
When head coach Matt LaFleur said the team needed to find a veteran wide receiver this offseason, he likely didn’t have Cobb in mind. Cobb was an excellent player in his prime, but Jordan Love needs a more crafty playmaker to throw to next season.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst hinted Crosby would be back in 2023. Crosby understands the terrain at Lambeau Field well. He made 86% of his field goals last season, including going 6-7 from the 40-49 yard range. The 38-year-old kicker’s extended range of 50+ yards and kick-off duties are declining in production, but not enough to hunt for another kicker this offseason.
Lewis was a fantastic blocking tight end for the Packers in 2022. If the Packers draft a receiving tight end in this year’s draft, keeping Lewis on the roster would make sense. He would help protect Love in the pocket. However, if they take a tight end like Darnell Washington, it would be in the Packers’ best interest to sign a tight end who can also be a receiver. The 38-year-old Lewis won’t greatly help that department this coming season.
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