2. Kevin King
Kevin King is a good starting cornerback when he’s healthy. But his availability has been the biggest concern throughout his career. King did play in 15 games a year ago, which we hoped was a sign his bad luck with injuries would be over. But he’s now missed four of the Packers’ eight games this season with a quad injury and it’s unclear when he’ll be back. In four years, he’s played in just 34 of 56 regular season games.
Again, a reduced salary cap would make it difficult to re-sign King, especially with the team potentially wanting to work out new deals with Aaron Jones and David Bakhtiari.
Josh Jackson has filled in for King and played quite well over the past few weeks. King would still be the top choice when both are healthy, but Jackson has shown he’s a capable starter while King is out.
If King isn’t re-signed, cornerback could be one of the Packers’ top needs in the draft. Improving the depth next to Jaire Alexander would be important as well as potentially finding a new starter on the outside.
King has struggled to stay healthy and will need a strong second half to the season to land a new deal.