1. Sign Malcolm Butler
After being benched in the Super Bowl, one has to assume Malcolm Butler will leave the Patriots this offseason. A free agent in March, New England’s loss could be Green Bay’s gain.
Cornerback remains a major need for the Packers. Adding a talent like Butler would give the secondary an instant upgrade. A Pro Bowler in 2015 and a second-team All-Pro in 2016, the 27-year-old is still one of the league’s top corners and is entering his prime.
Butler was listed as a “dream splash signing” in Pro Football Focus’ free agency preview for the Packers:
"“Butler still stands out as one of the better man-coverage cornerbacks in the NFL with his ability to remain aggressive and make plays on the ball.”"
His skill set makes him an ideal fit in Mike Pettine’s scheme. Paired with second-year Kevin King, the Packers could quickly turn a weakness into a strength at the cornerback position, and that’s before we include any rookies they add in the draft.
If Butler hits free agency, there will be no shortage of interest around the league. Spotrac’s calculated market value has Butler earning an average salary of $13 million. For perspective, it would put him in the same category as Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Bouye, making him one of the top-10 earners at the position.
But top cornerbacks cost big money. If Butler hits free agency, the Packers could land a major upgrade to their secondary.