Morning Buzz: Packers looking for leaders on defense
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We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at the safeties remaining on the roster who will be counted on to fill the void left by Morgan Burnett’s departure.
Even as Morgan Burnett’s market dropped in the first week of free agency, leading to a three-year deal Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Steelers worth a reported $14.5 million, the veteran safety’s future with the Green Bay Packers appeared to be over.
It is easy to look at the Packers’ porous pass defense and think the team needs help everywhere in its secondary. In reality, the two positions that comprise their defensive backfield are in very different circumstances. The Packers remain in desperate need of starting-caliber cornerbacks after trading Damarious Randall to the Cleveland Browns earlier this month.
Their safety position is flush with options to replace Burnett.
From the moment they drafted Josh Jones in the second round last spring, the Packers seemed intent to move on from Burnett this offseason. It was a rough rookie year for Jones. After the season, he said Burnett’s tutelage would help going forward.
The Packers will get younger at safety, relying on their depth with Jones, Kentrell Brice and perhaps even Milwaukee native Marwin Evans. It’s an inexperienced but motivated group, presumably eager for the opportunity ahead.
“I have some coffee for you, if you do sleep on me,” Brice tweeted Tuesday.
I spoke with Justis Mosqueda about pass-rushing options:
Michael Cohen took a look at Sam Shields' contract with the Rams:
Matt Miller highlighted some draft prospects for the Packers to consider at cornerback:
Bellin Health won’t be cutting ties with Jordy Nelson:
Elsewhere, I was on Milwaukee radio talking Packers:
Jason Wilde writes on the “forced revamp” of the Packers' secondary:
Ben Fennell looks at a “5 Over 5” look:
Packers Wire looks at lessons from last year’s draft:
Ryan Brunner writes on the need for a leader on the defensive side of the ball:
Jordan Smith looks at a possible Packers fit at wide receiver:
Tom Grossi doesn’t understand what is going on:
Mike Wendlandt looks at various draft prospects:
Morgan Burnett says goodbye to Green Bay:
Mike Daniels and Davante Adams tell each other some bad jokes: