3 affordable free agents the Packers need to sign in 2023

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The Green Bay Packers are limited in salary cap space, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be active in free agency.

While they are unlikely to make any big-money deals anytime soon, they can make some affordable signings to help improve the roster.

Here are three free agents the Packers should consider signing:

Marvin Jones, WR

The Packers have a young wide receiver corps. After losing Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, and Randall Cobb over the past year, the Packers’ top three receivers are Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure.

It would be a good idea to add some experience to the group, and free agent Marvin Jones could help.

The 33-year-old has spent the past two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, showing he can still play at a high level.

In two years, Jones caught 119 passes for 1,361 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 11.4 yards per catch.

Green Bay wouldn’t need him to be the WR1 in this offense, just a reliable veteran receiver who Jordan Love can trust to make plays.

Irv Smith Jr., TE

The Packers likely need to add multiple tight ends this offseason. Robert Tonyan has signed with the Chicago Bears and Marcedes Lewis is a free agent.

While Green Bay should make the most of a deep tight end draft class, adding a veteran in free agency would also make sense.

Irv Smith Jr. has dealt with a number of injuries in recent seasons, missing nine games last year and the entire 2021 season.

But on a one-year, prove-it deal, Smith could be a great signing. He was a second-round pick in 2019 for a reason. A talented blocker and receiver, Smith would add some much-needed depth at tight end. If he can stay healthy, Smith can make an impact for the Packers.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB

With Jordan Love set to take over as the QB1, Green Bay needs to add another quarterback to back him up. While drafting a quarterback is an option, a better choice would be to find a veteran.

Teddy Bridgewater is an experienced quarterback, having started 65 games in the regular season. The former Pro Bowler has spent time as a backup in recent years for the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.

Not only would he be able to step in and start if Love ever missed time, but his experience would also be so valuable to help Love.

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