Packers: Free agent Desmond King should be a potential target

Desmond King (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Desmond King (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Could we see Jaire Alexander and King together at cornerback in 2021 for the Green Bay Packers?

No, I’m not talking about free agent Kevin King, who could have played his final game in Green Bay. Instead I’m referring to another free agent cornerback, Desmond King.

As the Packers search for help in the secondary this offseason, they should strongly consider using both free agency and the draft, even with limited cap space available.

King is primarily a slot corner. While the Packers need help on the outside, they could also look for an upgrade on Chandon Sullivan in the slot. Sullivan had a solid season but struggled in the NFC title game.

At his best in 2018, King was named an All-Pro twice. Yes, you read that right. He was a first-team All-Pro at defensive back and a second-team All-Pro at punt returner. That year, King had 10 pass defenses and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

If there’s a concern, it’s that King isn’t coming off a great 2020 season and was traded away by the Los Angeles Chargers.

That said, King is still a talented cornerback, is still just 26 years old, and will be among the best available this offseason. Pro Football Focus ranked the top 150 free agents in 2021, and King made the list at No. 21.

Spotrac’s projected market value has King making around $6.8 million a year on average, which would be surprisingly affordable. For a young cornerback who is a former All-Pro and can help the Packers immediately, this could make a lot of sense.

And let’s not overlook King’s ability to return punts and kicks. He has two punt return touchdowns over the past four seasons. The Packers would be delighted with a returner who can occasionally break out a big run, let alone actually score.

King’s main role would be in the secondary, most likely in the slot.

If the price is right, it’s a move the Packers should consider.