2. Micah Hyde
It didn’t make any sense at the time when the Packers opted not to re-sign Micah Hyde. It still makes no sense five years on.
The worst part is that Hyde could still be a starter at safety in Green Bay’s defense. Had the Packers agreed to a long-term deal with Hyde when they had the opportunity, he would’ve provided many years of great play in the secondary.
Instead, Hyde has been a key part of the Buffalo Bills’ defense.
Pro Football Focus ranked the best safeties in the NFL this offseason. Hyde is at No. 3 in the ‘All-Around Tier’.
In five seasons with the Bills, Hyde has started 79 games and made 356 tackles, 35 pass defenses, and 14 interceptions. He has also been named a second-team All-Pro twice and a Pro Bowler once.
In the 2022 Packers defense, Hyde could either start at safety or slot corner. He is incredibly versatile. Hyde was also a successful punt returner in Green Bay, returning three punts for touchdowns over two seasons.
Hyde enters his age-32 season in 2022 but is still one of the top safeties in the league.
The Packers moved on from Hyde all the way back in 2017. Imagine how much better Green Bay’s secondary would’ve been with him over the past five years.