Packers: 3 big-time free agency targets to go all-in for 2021

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Leonard Williams (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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3. Leonard Williams, DT

Green Bay’s defense improved against the run in the second half of the season, but strengthening the front seven is still a must this offseason. Finding a defensive line partner for Kenny Clark could make a huge difference for the defense, particularly when it comes to defending the run.

Williams is one of the best run defenders in the league and is also coming off his best season as a pass rusher with 11.5 sacks and 30 quarterback hits. With Williams and Clark in the middle and Za’Darius Smith with Rashan Gary on the edge, the Packers’ defensive front could be among the best in football.

Williams and Clark can provide plenty of interior pass rush while also shutting down opposing run games.

Williams was the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2016. Still only 27 years old, he could be a difference-maker for the Packers no matter who is named the next defensive coordinator.

The Packers won’t be able to be big spenders. At best, they will likely only be able to make one big move. It’s also possible they’ll look to sign many experienced players on affordable one-year contracts. But if Gutekunst and Russ Ball can free up enough cap room to make a free agency splash, they should seriously consider making an offer for one of these three players.

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