4 big-name free agents the Packers could sign in 2022

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EDGE Jason Pierre-Paul

The days of Jason Pierre-Paul being a starting pass rusher may be over, but the Packers wouldn’t need him to play that role.

Green Bay has two quality starters in Rashan Gary and Preston Smith, and the team also invested a fifth-round pick in Kingsley Enagbare, who should immediately help the pass rush.

Pierre-Paul has 91.5 career sacks and 164 quarterback hits. He can still be a productive pass rusher in a part-time role and would also bring a ton of valuable experience to Green Bay’s defense.

His sack totals dropped last season, with Pierre-Paul making just 2.5 in 12 games.

However, he was excellent in 2020. According to Pro Football Reference, Pierre-Paul made 9.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hits, 22 pressures, and eight hurries for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that season.

Pierre-Paul is a three-time Pro Bowler, a former first-team All-Pro, and a two-time Super Bowl champion. There’s a lot he could add to Joe Barry’s defense.

The Packers need some more pass-rush depth, and a talented veteran who can play a backup role is exactly what they should look for.

Pierre-Paul wouldn’t need to play a full-time role and could instead be used in the pass-rush rotation. He still knows how to generate consistent pressure on quarterbacks and, in Green Bay, would get an opportunity to win Super Bowl number three.