Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage have started at safety for the Packers since 2019. They have provided continuity and consistency at the position, but it’s time for change.
Both players have struggled this season, and Amos could be gone in the offseason as he is a free agent. Savage will be back, as the Packers picked up his fifth-year option, a decision that now looks like a mistake.
Safety is arguably the Packers’ top offseason need, although I’ve put it second on the list.
Re-signing Rudy Ford will help, but he’s unlikely to be the answer in a full-time starting role. He would be a perfect candidate for the third safety spot next season.
In 2019, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst overhauled the safety position. It was Green Bay’s number one need that spring, and he achieved this by signing Amos in free agency, then trading up for Savage in the first round of the draft.
A similar approach may be required this offseason. The Packers have talent at cornerback, especially when Eric Stokes returns from injury, but safety has become a problem for this defense.
Unless Amos re-signs, the Packers will need to replace him. They may need another starter, too, if Savage doesn’t get back to his best in the final four games.