The Green Bay Packers’ search for a veteran cornerback goes on as they miss out on Kyle Fuller and Rashaan Melvin.
The Packers signed Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet on Friday, but the Bears quickly matched, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. As they had used the transition tag on Fuller, the Bears had an opportunity to match the offer and keep their first-round pick in the building.
Green Bay had negotiated a four-year deal worth $56 million with Fuller, which the Bears will now take on, Rapoport noted.
According to Rapoport, Melvin signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Oakland Raiders. Consider it another opportunity missed for the Packers.
All of a sudden a number of the top free agent cornerbacks are off the market, and Green Bay is still left with a major need at the position.
Free agency can be difficult. The big names got paid, making it difficult for general manager Brian Gutekunst to compete. Now a number of corners in the next tier are also being overvalued. Gutekunst, so far, hasn’t been tempted outside of the move for Fuller.
Of course, we don’t know if the Packers have made any offers for other players. But if that’s the case, they haven’t been willing to go one higher than the winning bid.
What is clear is Gutekunst is willing to spend money on players he believes will help fix a need. The question now is are there enough talented cornerbacks left who he thinks can help the team in 2018?
Perhaps he’ll make a big splash and attempt to sign former Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu. While Honey Badger won’t be the answer in the team’s quest for a boundary corner, his versatility in the secondary would give the defense a huge boost. When healthy he’s one of the best defensive backs in football.
The Packers will likely sign a cornerback at some stage in free agency. The question is when.
One thing is for sure, Gutekunst needs to act quickly.