Ranking Packers’ biggest needs after first wave of free agency

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The first wave of free agency has come and gone for the Green Bay Packers, who have remained mostly quiet.

They did, of course, agree to a four-year deal with Aaron Jones. While the Packers are yet to sign a free agent from another team, bringing back one of their best offensive weapons is huge news, especially after it seemed the Pro Bowler would be playing elsewhere.

But with Corey Linsley and Jamaal Williams now gone, what are the Packers’ biggest needs?

1. Cornerback

Kevin King is still a free agent. While it’s possible the Packers could bring him back if it’s a one-year, affordable deal, it seems unlikely.

One of the top corners on the market, Patrick Peterson, has signed with the rival-Minnesota Vikings. But there are still plenty of talented cornerbacks available including five-time All-Pro Richard Sherman, former first-round pick Adoree’ Jackson, and former Packer and Pro Bowler Casey Hayward.

The Chicago Bears released Kyle Fuller on Thursday. Fuller would be a great signing for the Packers.

Green Bay should absolutely look to sign a free-agent corner.

2. Defensive tackle

With Tyler Lancaster and Montravius Adams gone, addressing the defensive line becomes an even bigger priority for the Packers.

Green Bay’s run defense struggled in the first half of the 2020 season and we all know how bad the defensive line was the season prior. A change in defensive coordinator and new scheme could help, but simply put, the Packers need to add some more talent up front next to Kenny Clark.

Kingsley Keke could take on a bigger role next season but depth remains a concern at this position.

3. Offensive tackle

The NFC Championship Game is no reason to panic when it comes to the offensive line. This group was outstanding just about all season long.

But some changes have already been made this offseason. All-Pro center Corey Linsley is gone. The Packers released tackle Rick Wagner, who started nine games in 2020. With David Bakhtiari dealing with an ACL injury that could sideline him for the start of next season, there’s some uncertainty at tackle.

Adding talent at tackle should be a priority every year, but that’s especially true with so many questions at this spot. Perhaps Elgton Jenkins will slide out to tackle. He’s more than capable. But his next role could be to replace Linsley at center.

Even if Jenkins and Billy Turner are the Week 1 starters at tackle, adding to the position should remain a priority in the coming weeks.