How the Packers should prioritize future contract extensions

Green Bay Packers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Kevin King
Green Bay Packers, Kevin King (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /

Low priority: Kevin King, Lane Taylor, Jamaal Williams, Devin Funchess, Marcedes Lewis, Tyler Ervin, Montravius Adams, Tim Williams

The Packers would love to be able to re-sign everyone they want to, but that’s simply not possible. It’s difficult to do that on any given year, but it will be especially true in 2021 given the long list of key players with expiring contracts. Unfortunately, that could mean the players listed above might not receive long-term deals with the Packers following 2020, or at least won’t be the top priority.

Kevin King’s future is uncertain. You can absolutely make a case for re-signing him. When healthy, he’s a starting cornerback in the NFL and he can change a game on one play, as was evident with his team-best five interceptions last season, many of which came just when the Packers needed a swing in momentum. But with so many key players set to hit free agency, re-signing him could be difficult.

Lane Taylor agreed to a pay cut this season but he could be gone next year, unless he returns on a cheap contract. Drafting AJ Dillon in the second round could mean Jamaal Williams isn’t back after 2020. Devin Funchess’ future will depend on his first season in Green Bay. Marcedes Lewis will turn 37 next offseason so it’s possible this will be his final season.

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Many of these players could return on cheaper deals, but the priority should first go to Bakhtiari, Clark, Jones, and Linsley.