Packers: 10 players who could be gone after the 2021 season

Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Kevin King
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6. CB Kevin King

Some fans were surprised to see Kevin King brought back on a one-year deal this offseason, but it’s a move that makes sense. While the Packers drafted Eric Stokes in the first round, King can start if needed while Stokes adjusts to the NFL game.

But at some point, the hope will be that Stokes is able to start opposite Jaire Alexander. King will become a free agent again next offseason. If Stokes plays well this year, there’s a good chance the Packers will be able to use their limited cap resources elsewhere instead of re-signing King.

5. EDGE Preston Smith

The Packers were able to cut down Preston Smith’s huge cap hit by restructuring his deal this offseason, but only temporarily. After 2021, Smith has one year remaining on his contract. According to Over The Cap, his cap hit in 2022 is $19.75 million.

If Smith bounces back with a good season, the Packers could work on a long-term extension to reduce his cap hit next year. The other option would be to release Smith after the 2021 season, a move that would make the team a saving of $12.5 million on next year’s cap.

The decision between an extension or releasing Smith could come down to how well he performs in 2021.