Safety: Will the Packers re-sign Morgan Burnett?
With Davante Adams and Corey Linsley already re-signed, the biggest question regarding the Packers’ own free agents is Morgan Burnett.
I think Burnett should be re-signed as the Packers are in win-now mode, and their defense is evidently better with him on the field than without. That said, as is always the case in these situations, there are pros and cons.
Let’s first look at the positives.
Burnett not only offers experience to a relatively young secondary, but he’s also the team’s most talented safety. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Josh Jones could form a strong duo, but the Packers will be far stronger at the position if Burnett returns.
Burnett can line up at various spots, which could make him a great fit in Mike Pettine’s scheme, and he is a defensive leader.
On the flip side, Burnett’s injury history and price tag could make the Packers think twice. The 29-year-old, in theory, still has plenty of good years ahead of him. But he has struggled to stay on the field, missing 10 games through injury over the past three years. Burnett has only suited up in all 16 regular season games twice (in 2011 and 2012).
Spotrac’s calculated market value has Burnett making an average salary of $9.8 million per year. All things considered, the Packers might feel this is too high.
Will Burnett return in 2018? That’s the biggest question at the safety position.