Packers: Top 5 priorities for general manager Brian Gutekunst this offseason

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: Jordy Nelson
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GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 16: Morgan Burnett
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5. Re-sign Morgan Burnett

The Packers have already re-signed Davante Adams and Corey Linsley. Add Morgan Burnett to the list and it’ll be a job well done. In win-now mode, retaining Burnett makes the most sense.

Gutekunst stressed that he wants competition for places at every position. Perhaps that’s wishful thinking, but at safety it can be a reality.

Just because the Packers drafted Josh Jones last year, have depth at the position and will have to hand Burnett a big contract to keep him around, it doesn’t mean the 28-year-old should have one foot out of the door.

Burnett’s age isn’t a problem. Injuries have been, but that needs to be put in perspective. We’re not talking about a history of significant knee problems here that have forced him to miss big chunks of time. While Burnett hasn’t completed all 16 games since 2012, he has started at least 11 games in every season since 2010.

When healthy, Burnett makes a positive impact on Green Bay’s defense. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will need plenty of experience as he introduces his complex scheme, and Burnett could be a key piece of the puzzle.

Being more aggressive in free agency also includes not letting key players leave. Re-signing Burnett should be one of Gutekunst’s priorities.