Packers: 3 early free agency targets in 2021 offseason

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Desmond King (Photo by S. Lopez/Jam Media/Getty Images)
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3. CB Desmond King

Don’t be surprised if we’re talking about cornerback being one of the Packers’ biggest needs in the upcoming offseason. While Jaire Alexander is quickly becoming one of the best young players at his position in the NFL, there are some serious questions about the rest of the cornerback group entering 2020.

Kevin King, who starts opposite Alexander, will be a free agent next offseason. Tramon Williams played in the slot last season but hasn’t been re-signed. Behind Alexander and King, the Packers have a number of unproven and inexperienced players including Chandon Sullivan, Josh Jackson, and Ka’dar Hollman. That’s not to say these players can’t contribute in 2020. Sullivan, in particular, will be a player to watch after some impressive performances as a backup last season.

But if the Packers are in need of a cornerback next spring, one option could be to make a signing in free agency. As Kevin King potentially departs, the Packers could replace him with another King, Desmond King.

Desmond King has started 20 games for the Los Angeles Chargers over the past three seasons and was a second-team All-Pro in 2018. He can line up at multiple positions in the secondary but has spent a lot of time at slot cornerback. In his three-year career with the Chargers, King has 17 pass breakups, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles. He’s even scored two defensive touchdowns.

Whether he’d line up in the slot or outside, King could be a good addition to the Packers’ secondary.