Packers named best landing spot for another top free agent safety

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The Green Bay Packers might not be done in free agency. More specifically, they might not be done at safety.

Green Bay already landed the best free-agent safety by handing Xavier McKinney a four-year, $68 million contract, but they still need to find another starter after losing Darnell Savage and Jonathan Owens. The Packers could wait until the draft, but there are still a few names to watch in free agency.

One of them is Justin Simmons.

In desperate need of salary cap space, the Denver Broncos released Simmons before free agency, but the four-time All-Pro is still an excellent player.

Packers listed as potential fit for free-agent safety Justin Simmons

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon named the top landing spots for the best remaining free agents. He chose the Packers as a potential fit for Simmons.

"Simmons may attract a high-dollar contract. But if that offer does not arrive, the Green Bay Packers would be a compelling option, even after the addition of Xavier McKinney," writes Kenyon.

A starting combination of Simmons and McKinney would give the Packers a huge upgrade on what they've had in recent years. They could take the secondary to another level alongside Jaire Alexander.

Simmons can play as the single-high safety or in the box, offering the versatility to help the Packers across the secondary.

The Packers need to force more turnovers, having only intercepted seven passes last season, the second-lowest total in the league. Simmons can help—he has made at least three interceptions for six consecutive seasons, including five in 2020, five in 2021, and six in 2022. Last year, Simmons defended eight passes with three interceptions.

Simmons has earned second-team All-Pro honors three years in a row and was voted to the Pro Bowl for the second time last season.

There's still plenty of safety talent remaining in free agency, and the Packers could eliminate one of their biggest needs by adding another veteran. Pairing Simmons with McKinney would give them an outstanding safety combination.

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