5 free agents Green Bay Packers must re-sign in 2021

Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark and Preston Smith (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Kenny Clark and Preston Smith (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
4 of 6
Green Bay Packers, Kevin King
Green Bay Packers, Kevin King (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

3. Kevin King – CB

Similarly, the Packers should do all they can to keep Kevin King.

Two talented players not featured on this list are Aaron Jones and Corey Linsley. As great as it would be to keep them both, and I’ll be delighted if the Packers find a way to get new deals done, the reality is they can’t re-sign everybody. The Packers seem to have prepared for the future by drafting AJ Dillon and then three interior offensive linemen. They could’ve had next offseason in mind.

One position they didn’t strengthen was cornerback. If they lose King in free agency next offseason, suddenly they’ll be short at the position and will need to find a replacement. And that’s easier said than done. Either the Packers would need to spend big to find a starting cornerback in free agency, or they’d need to hope a rookie could take on a starting job right away to replace King.

King stayed healthy last season and played a vital role in Green Bay’s defense. He led the team in interceptions and also made a number of crucial takeaways at key moments throughout the season, including picks in both games against the Minnesota Vikings.

King is a talented starting cornerback. If possible, the Packers need to re-sign him.