The Green Bay Packers likely won’t be big spenders in free agency this year. They will have enough trouble affording their own free agents before considering signing other players.
That said, it doesn’t mean they won’t be able to make any moves.
If they run it back with Aaron Rodgers, they need to find a way to add some talent at areas of need. Free agency provides a great opportunity to do that.
With that in mind, here are three upcoming free agents that could help the Packers at positions of need this offseason.
Mike Gesicki, TE
Mike Gesicki will likely draw interest from other teams, so the Packers may struggle to afford his contract. But there’s no doubt that he could help Green Bay at arguably its biggest position of need.
Robert Tonyan is a free agent, so finding a tight end with receiving ability could be high on the to-do list.
Gesicki provides that, and he could hit free agency after a disappointing season in Miami. A fresh start in a different system could be what he needs.
Before this season, Gesicki had 700+ receiving yards two years in a row.
Arden Key, EDGE
Edge rusher is an area the Packers need to get better. Ideally, they will use a top draft pick on a future starter who can provide some depth in year one.
Another option would be to sign a veteran on an affordable deal.
Arden Key signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year. At a similar price, he could provide some experience and depth at a position of need.
Key made 4.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hits in a backup role for the Jaguars this season.
With Rashan Gary and Preston Smith starting, Key could provide some much-needed depth along with Kingsley Enagbare.
Vonn Bell, S
The Packers may need a new starting safety in 2023 as Adrian Amos is a free agent.
Amos has started every game since signing with the Packers four years ago, so he would be tough to replace.
Vonn Bell could help. Bell has started 48 games during his three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, making 184 tackles, 21 pass defenses, five interceptions, and forcing eight fumbles.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bell has the eighth-best run defense grade among safeties over the past five seasons.
He could immediately help the Packers in a starting position.