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

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1. Darnell Savage

It didn't take long for Darnell Savage to find a new team. He signed a three-year, $21.8 million deal with $12.5 million fully guaranteed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Savage was a frustrating player to watch throughout his time in Green Bay. There were flashes of Pro Bowl potential, particularly early on, but these moments were few and far between.

In the final six games of the 2020 season, Savage defended seven passes and intercepted four while making one sack and two tackles for loss. Packers fans had high expectations the following season, but he was unable to get back to that level consistently.

Savage was outstanding in the Packers' wild-card win over the Dallas Cowboys last season, making a crucial pick-six in the first half. But his performance the following week was the complete opposite. Savage dropped an interception, got beaten in coverage by George Kittle for a touchdown, and then missed a tackle on Christian McCaffrey to allow another score.

According to Pro Football Reference, Savage missed 13.6 percent of his tackles in 2023 and 13.7 percent in 2021.

The former first-round pick will make some plays for the Jaguars, but his lack of consistency, especially when it comes to tackling, could become an issue.

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