4. Not re-signing Tramon Williams
The good news here is that the Packers still have a chance to fix this one.
With Tramon Williams hitting free agency, ensuring the Packers added cornerback depth should’ve been a priority. If not, they needed to bring back Williams. So far, GM Brian Gutekunst has done neither. And that’s a problem.
Green Bay doesn’t have the cornerback concerns of 2016 — far from it — but this defense currently lacks depth in the secondary and is an injury or two away from potential disaster.
Jaire Alexander could be a future star, while Kevin King is a solid partner on the other side of the field. The slot corner role is now free with Williams gone, with Chandon Sullivan the frontrunner to win the job. Sullivan had an impressive 2019 season but can he now take on a more significant role? Even if the answer is yes, the depth behind the top three on the depth chart is almost nonexistent.
Josh Jackson, so far, hasn’t lived up to his second-round selection. If he makes a big jump this year, all of a sudden things will look a lot better at cornerback for the Packers. But they can’t count on that.
Without Williams, the slot corner position remains open and depth is a concern. Green Bay has taken a risk, and a few months from now we may be talking about cornerback as a major offseason need for 2021.