As the 2023 NFL offseason gets underway, the Green Bay Packers have been busy trying to create cap space. Brian Gutekunst and company have done a good job of preparing for the start of free agency thus far and the Packers actually could be in a position to make some moves to improve the roster. One major position of need to focus on will be the safety position.
Of course, nothing can truly begin until the Packers and Aaron Rodgers can figure out what the future holds. Will Rodgers be back for another season in Green Bay? Will he retire or request a trade?
Either way, the defense will need to be worked on. They have a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but with Adrian Amos hitting free agency, the Packers have some decisions to make.
Granted, they could simply decide to re-sign Amos. The veteran safety has been a very solid piece for the Packers’ defense over the last few years. Or, they could opt to pursue another option.
Add in the fact that Darnell Savage Jr. has not lived up to the hype he has had early in his career, and the Packers may be looking for two new starting safeties.
One Intriguing Free Agent Has Been Linked To Packers
While the rumors are flying surrounding the franchise, one connection makes a ton of sense.
Zach Kruse of Packers Wire suggested that recently released safety John Johnson III could be a fit for the Packers. The move would certainly make a ton of sense.
There are two connections for Johnson that would make this move make even more sense. Both Matt LaFleur and Joe Barry were on the Los Angeles Rams’ staff when Johnson had the best years of his career. Being able to reunite with those two guys could be of major interest to Johnson.
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During the 2022 season with the Cleveland Browns, Johnson ended up playing in all 17 games. He racked up 101 total tackles to go along with 0.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an interception, and four defended passes. Those numbers show what kind of impact Johnson is capable of making.
At 27 years of age, Johnson still has some great football left in him. The Packers would be getting a guy in the prime of his career who already has great connections with the current staff. It seems like a match made in heaven.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see what the team end up doing at the safety position. Johnson may not end up being a top target for Green Bay, but he would make a ton of sense if the price is right.