Packers grades for biggest free agency moves including Josh Jacobs signing

The Green Bay Packers made some unexpected splashes in the first wave of NFL free agency.

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2. Signing Xavier McKinney

Although Josh Jacobs may be the biggest name the Green Bay Packers added in free agency, they undoubtedly made their biggest investment so far in safety Xavier McKinney, the former second-round pick of the Giants out of Alabama.

McKinney has blossomed into an excellent player at the NFL level and doesn't even turn 25 years old until August. He's going to hit free agency again before the age of 30, which is probably a dream come true for him. But his first trip to free agency was a fruitful one.

The Packers gave McKinney a four-year deal worth $67 million in total money and $23 million guaranteed. That's a hefty chunk of change and a great deal for McKinney in an overloaded safety market. There was undoubtedly competition for his services, and the Packers sold him on the fit in Green Bay with new defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley.

Green Bay is replacing its top three safeties from last season in terms of snaps played, with Darnell Savage off to the Jaguars, Jonathan Owens off to the Bears, and Rudy Ford still a free agent. McKinney can do anything and everything asked of him at the position and it's clear the Packers felt like he could be an integral piece of their defense moving forward.

This is truly a top-tier type of free-agent signing. The Packers got an ascending player who is not yet 25, they paid market value but they didn't go over the top, and they addressed arguably their biggest overall need.

Grade: A+