The Green Bay Packers are going to put the most talented defense that they have ever had with Aaron Rodgers as their QB out on the field in September.
They have stars and cornerstone pieces at every level. The question is if they are done adding pieces.
The team still has $17 million in cap space for 2022. If there was a position that Green Bay would like to add more depth to on defense, it would almost certainly be on the edge.
The interior defensive line, led by Pro Bowler Kenny Clark, is the deepest it has been since B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett were manning the middle.
The linebacking corps, led by first-team All-Pro De’Vondre Campbell, is the strongest it has been since A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett. The defensive backs are the backbone of this defense.
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry has the best trio of cornerbacks in the game in Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, and Eric Stokes. He has two top-tier safeties in Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage.
However, the edge position is an interesting topic.
Rashan Gary and Preston Smith both produced 9+ sacks in 2021. However, there isn’t much else behind them.
The Packers selected South Carolina EDGE Kinglsey Enagbare in the fifth round of April’s draft but time will tell if he is a solid contributing piece or not.
Jonathan Garvin and Tipa Galeai are two players that are having trouble getting on the field.
Green Bay has always been in “win-now” mode with Aaron Rodgers at QB. But time is running out. They need to use their resources to make this roster as elite as possible. One step towards that would be signing a veteran edge rusher.
A name that will likely be out there on the free-agent market this month is Dee Ford.
Ford, who has played for the San Francisco 49ers each of the last three seasons, could be released by San Francisco.
The former Pro Bowler led the league in forced fumbles in 2018. Now 31, Ford will be looking to take his career somewhere else. He is still looking for a Super Bowl ring to add to his portfolio.
The Packers could be an option for Ford if both parties are interested in engaging in talks. Ford would bring experience and proof that he can play at a very high level when given the opportunity.
He, Rashan Gary, and Preston Smith would form a dangerous trio on the edge. The Packers are one of the premier Super Bowl contenders and one of the clear-cut favorites to come out of the NFC.
A signing like Ford would round this defense into form just in time for a Super Bowl season. A one-year deal could be a win-win for both parties, especially if it ends in bringing the Vince Lombardi Trophy home.