3 former Packers who won't live up to their new contracts

Green Bay Packers, De'Vondre Campbell
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The Green Bay Packers were busy in the opening week of free agency, signing running back Josh Jacobs and safety Xavier McKinney.

Green Bay also re-signed AJ Dillon, Keisean Nixon, and Eric Wilson, helping them earn high grades early in free agency.

However, there were also departures. The Packers released David Bakhtiari, Aaron Jones, and De'Vondre Campbell. Jones and Campbell have already signed elsewhere, along with Packers free agents Darnell Savage, Jonathan Owens, and Jon Runyan Jr.

Last offseason, the New York Jets signed several former Packers, including a move they already regret. Which departing free agents won't live up to their new contracts elsewhere in 2024?

3. De'Vondre Campbell

The Packers released De'Vondre Campbell before the start of free agency last week, a decision that was expected. Campbell took a shot at the Packers, saying he was "badly misused." We didn't hear similar comments when he earned first-team All-Pro honors in the same system.

Campbell signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, who need cover at linebacker after Dre Greenlaw suffered a torn Achilles in the Super Bowl.

However, Campbell has missed 10 games due to injury over the past two seasons. In 2023, he finished with zero sacks, two quarterback hits, one pass defense, and zero interceptions. Per Pro Football Reference, he allowed a career-worst passer rating of 111.2 in his coverage.

Campbell struggled as the Packers' starting inside linebacker in 2023. It remains to be seen whether he can bounce back in San Francisco.