Packers: Free-agent cornerback Adoree’ Jackson could help defense

Adoree' Jackson (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Adoree' Jackson (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers are yet to make a signing in free agency but that doesn’t mean they won’t.

Limited salary cap room means the Packers need to be cautious and pick their moments to spend money.

But a player they should be interested in is cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who remains a free agent after being released by the Tennessee Titans. A first-round pick in 2017, Jackson is one of the best available cornerbacks and could make a difference in the Packers’ secondary.

Still only 25 years old and a talented player, Jackson would be an immediate starter opposite Jaire Alexander in Green Bay, replacing Kevin King, who is also a free agent.

Jackson only played in three games due to injury last season but he’s been excellent in coverage throughout his career. According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson’s coverage grade when lined up on the outside since 2018 is 85.6, fourth-best in the NFL.

For the record, Jaire Alexander’s grade ranks first in that category. Now imagine the two as teammates in Green Bay.

Jackson missed most of last season, but between 2017 and ’19, he made 33 pass defenses, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and 188 tackles.

There appears to be interest in Jackson around the league. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported he is set to meet with the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. It’s anybody’s guess whether the Packers have any interest in signing Jackson, or whether they could afford to, but they should pick up the phone.

As of yet, the Packers are yet to make a free-agent signing that isn’t re-signing one of their own players. Given the team’s cap situation, it’s understandable. And there’s still more than enough time to find value in free agency.

Strengthening at cornerback should be a priority. Adoree’ Jackson is available and there’s no doubt he’d improve Green Bay’s defense.