Keisean Nixon is a free agent in the offseason. Based on his play so far this year, the Packers shouldn't bring him back.
Nixon was named a first-team All-Pro as a returner last season, but teams have figured out how to prevent his game-changing returns. Kickers are regularly booting it deep. Nixon often opts against taking a touchback, returning the kickoff no matter what, and it's hurting the Packers' in the field position battle.
Nixon has returned nine kicks out of the end zone this season. None made it past the 25-yard line. A touchback was the best option each time.
He is still a good returner. His longest is 30 yards this season. The problem is that he started eight yards deep in the end zone, giving the Packers possession at their 22-yard line, three yards worse off than a touchback.
Opponents aren't giving Nixon the same opportunities to break out a big return as a year ago. They know he will still attempt to return kicks deep in the Packers' end zone, often resulting in a negative play.
Nixon has also struggled at slot corner. He has broken up three passes but has a Pro Football Focus coverage grade of 59.2, which is lower than Preston Smith.
Cornerback is already a need after trading Rasul Douglas before the deadline. The Packers may also need to replace Nixon.