Antoine Winfield Jr. extension makes Packers' Xavier McKinney deal look even better

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The Green Bay Packers made one of the moves of the offseason by signing Xavier McKinney, and the decision is looking better by the day.

McKinney is quickly becoming a superstar safety, and it's only a matter of time before he is a first-team All-Pro. He fits perfectly into the Packers' new scheme under defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley with his ability to play deep or closer to the line of scrimmage.

The deal also looks like more of a bargain every day.

Green Bay signed McKinney to a four-year contract worth $68 million, an average of $17 million annually. With competition from other teams, the Packers had to spend big to land their top free agency target. Antoine Winfield's contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes the McKinney deal look even better.

New Antoine Winfield Jr. deal proves Packers got a bargain with Xavier McKinney signing

Winfield's new deal with the Buccaneers made history. Tampa Bay is paying its All-Pro safety $84.1 million across four seasons, an average of $21 million per year, making him the highest-paid defensive back in league history. It's a smart deal for the Buccaneers, as Winfield Jr. is arguably the best safety in the NFL.

McKinney's deal is worth $4 million less annually, and he has the potential to make just as big of an impact in Hafley's defense.

Winfield Jr. was Pro Football Focus' highest-graded safety last season with a 90.7 overall grade, but McKinney wasn't far behind. His 87.8 grade ranked fourth. McKinney also had the best tackling and coverage grades at the position, making him perfect for the post safety role in Hafley's defense.

McKinney is a game-changing addition for the Packers. Green Bay made him one of the highest-paid safeties in the league, but Winfield's extension in Tampa Bay makes it look like a bargain.

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