3 offseason catastrophes the Green Bay Packers must avoid

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1. Not overhauling the secondary

The Packers shouldn't reach for players at positions of need, but they must overhaul the secondary. That starts by moving on from several free agents, including safeties Darnell Savage, Jonathan Owens, and Rudy Ford, forcing them to upgrade at the position.

Green Bay needs to add more talent to the defensive backfield, whether through free agency, the draft, or trades.

There could be plenty of first-round cornerback options, including Toledo's Quinyon Mitchell, Iowa's Cooper DeJean, and Alabama's Kool-Aid McKinstry, although it depends on who falls to No. 25.

However, the safety position doesn't have the same top-end talent or depth. Miami's Kamren Kinchens and Minnesota's Tyler Nubin are potential Day 2 targets, but finding a quality starter could be difficult beyond the second round.

Again, the Packers want to avoid reaching for a safety because they need one. Prioritizing the position in free agency or trades is something to consider. Realistic free-agent targets at the position include Xavier McKinney, Kamren Curl, and Geno Stone. Signing a free agent would take the pressure off in the draft.

The other option? Go big in a trade. Imagine the Packers added a star like Budda Baker or Justin Simmons.

Whatever it takes. The Packers must enter the 2024 season with a complete overhaul of the secondary. Jaire Alexander and Carrington Valentine are starters, but they need help just about everywhere else.

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