The Green Bay Packers have an off-season of uncertainty ahead of them. Headlined by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have a slew of players who could find a new home this off-season. The same can be said about some of their NFC North rivals. In fact, one of their bitter rivals recently released a first-round draft pick. The Detroit Lions released defensive lineman Michael Brockers two years after acquiring him.
Detroit Lions Release Former First-Round Pick Michael Brockers
Per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:
Two years after acquiring Michael Brockers in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, the Detroit Lions are releasing the veteran defensive lineman in a cost-cutting move that creates $10 million in cap space.
The Lions and Brockers amicably agreed to part ways Thursday, 20 days before the start of the 2023 league year. Brockers finished with four tackles in six games and appeared in just one game after the Lions’ Week six bye. He maintained his leadership role even after his benching, leading Saturday player’s-only meetings to go over the opponent’s projected opening game play script, though he conceded in January his diminished play time was “rough” on him mentally and he had a decision to make about whether to continue playing in 2023 and beyond.
Brockers was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent 2012-2020 with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. Then spent the 2021-22 seasons in Detroit. Brockers has 451 tackles and 29 sacks in his career.
Could The Packers Target DL Michael Brockers?
The Green Bay Packers brought in DL Jarran Reed for the 2022 NFL season. If he is not brought back, the Packers may be once again looking to add depth at the interior defensive line position. The DL position will still be anchored by Kenny Clark and Devonte Wyatt. However, adding veteran depth would allow for a more seamless rotation. The Green Bay Packers have continued to create substantial cap space this off-season. First, Aaron Jones took a massive pay cut to stay with the Packers, now Jaire Alexander and Preston Smith have restructured their contracts. The Packers will likely have the space to make a few moves this off-season.
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