Three Packers players who deserve new deals in the near future.
The Green Bay Packers signed All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander to a long-term contract extension this offseason.
Alexander was set to hit free agency next year.
The Packers typically get long-term deals worked out a while before free agency. They should do the same with these three players:
1. Elgton Jenkins
A Pro Bowler at guard in 2020, Elgton Jenkins has the rare ability to play all five offensive line positions at a high level.
Jenkins filled in at left tackle for David Bakhtiari last season, and he was playing at a Pro Bowl level before tearing his ACL.
Once Jenkins returns this season, he will likely be the Packers’ starting right tackle with Billy Turner gone.
Jenkins is a free agent in 2023. He is going to want tackle money, and he deserves it.
The Packers need to get this deal done sooner rather than later.
2. Adrian Amos
Adrian Amos has been incredibly consistent since signing with the Packers in 2019.
Amos has started all 49 games since then, making 260 tackles, 25 pass defenses, and six interceptions.
According to Pro Football Focus, Amos ranks first among safeties in PFF grade, coverage grade, and forced incompletions over the past two seasons.
He is set to become a free agent in 2023.
Amos will turn 30 next offseason, but Green Bay is in win-now mode and will be for the next two or three seasons. Signing Amos to a new deal would be huge for Joe Barry’s defense.
3. Rashan Gary
The Packers picked up Rashan Gary’s fifth-year option this spring, ensuring he will be under contract until the end of the 2023 season. That gives the Packers valuable time to get an extension sorted.
The team doesn’t need to sign Gary to a new deal this summer, but the time will come very soon.
Gary, the 12th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has improved each season. In 2021, he made 9.5 sacks and 28 quarterback hits.
If he continues to improve, Gary will become one of the highest-paid pass rushers in the NFL in the not-too-distant future.