Packers still have options at cornerback in free agency

Richard Sherman (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Richard Sherman (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

Free agency is well underway and a number of the best available cornerbacks have found new teams. The Green Bay Packers should be in the market for a cornerback, but there is still time to find help at the position via free agency.

While a number of the best free agents at the position, including Kyle Fuller, William Jackson III, and Patrick Peterson have signed elsewhere, there are still a few talented cornerbacks still available.

Five-time All-Pro Richard Sherman is still available. As a short-term option while the Packers develop a future starter, Sherman could be a great signing. How about another former All-Pro, Casey Hayward, who spent the first seasons of his career with the Packers?

If Green Bay wants to sign a younger cornerback, former first-round pick Adoree’ Jackson was surprisingly cut by the Tennessee Titans this month. He’s a talented starter who would be a great choice to play alongside Jaire Alexander.

Outside of unrestricted free agency, there is also another interesting option.

J.C. Jackson is coming off a great season with the New England Patriots. He made 14 pass defenses with nine interceptions. Yes, nine. And it’s no fluke, either, as he has made 17 interceptions in his first three seasons in the league.

Jackson is a restricted free agent and the Patriots used the second-round tender on him. This means that any team is free to negotiate a long-term deal with Jackson, but the Patriots would get the opportunity to match it. If they decided not to match the deal, New England would receive a second-round pick as compensation.

Given Green Bay’s lack of cap space compared to New England, a team that has spent big in free agency, it’s likely any deal the Packers made with Jackson would be matched by the Pats. But why not give it a go? The Patriots could settle for a second-rounder as compensation.

The Packers might need to make a move soon, but there are still a lot of options at cornerback in free agency.