Packers shouldn’t be finished at corner after re-signing Kevin King
The Green Bay Packers finally made a move at cornerback. Not the one anyone expected, though, as they re-signed Kevin King to a one-year deal.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, it’s a one-year deal worth $6 million. Although don’t be surprised if there are some incentives included in the contract.
The move is somewhat understandable. It’s an affordable, low-risk contract. King has been a solid starter for the Packers outside of his performance in the NFC Championship Game. But should the team be finished addressing the position in the draft?
Not by a long way.
I’d even argue this changes very little. It perhaps suggests the team is out of the search for a cornerback in free agency and will now focus on the draft.
It could make sense. One risk of using the draft is if a rookie corner is thrown straight into a starting position. You’re relying on a first-year player to immediately transition from the college game. Bringing back King on a one-year deal allows the Packers to continue with him in a starting position while they develop a rookie, initially in a backup role.
Down the stretch when the games become more important, perhaps the rookie cornerback would be able to jump ahead of King on the depth chart.
If that’s the thinking for general manager Brian Gutekunst, I can get on board. Signing King doesn’t come with much risk given it’s an affordable one-year deal. That said, they still need to make cornerback the top priority between now and the end of the offseason.
King provides some valuable depth. This could be a sign the Packers want no part in the free agency market at cornerback, but this doesn’t mean they should be done at the position.
What are your thoughts on the decision to re-sign King?