PFF names one free agent Packers should sign, and we agree

With Adrian Amos gone, adding another safety could help the Packers defense.

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The time for roster building isn't over just because it's summer and the blockbuster free agency moves have already been made around the league.

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has shown the ability to make excellent bargain free-agent signings either during the summer or even in-season.

One of his best moves was signing linebacker De'Vondre Campbell to an affordable one-year deal in June 2021. Campbell dominated that season, earning first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career.

The Packers don't necessarily need to find another All-Pro in free agency this summer, but that doesn't mean they can't strengthen their roster.

Pro Football Focus names one free agent Packers should sign this summer

Despite making a flurry of moves at the position this offseason, the Packers should consider searching for an upgrade at safety. And one name continues to come up.

Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus named one move each NFL team should make this summer. For the Packers, it was signing free-agent safety John Johnson III.

Spielberger writes:

"Johnson didn't have a great second season with the Browns, with his 17 missed tackles the most of his career by nearly double, but he was playing behind a porous defensive line and has bounce-back potential in him. Johnson is a rangy defender who can play all over the field and could be a major bargain this late in free agency."

And we couldn't agree more.

Johnson is the best remaining safety in free agency, and he walks straight into the Packers' starting lineup.

Rudy Ford was fine in a starting position last season, but there's no guarantee he will make a similar impact this fall. Can Jonathan Owens or Tarvarius Moore step in and provide consistent, quality play as a starter?

Even Darnell Savage shouldn't be a lock to start every game. He is coming off a disappointing 2022 season.

Signing Johnson would be a low-risk move. Despite struggling last season, he has proven himself in the past, including in a Los Angeles Rams defense with Joe Barry on the coaching staff.

The Packers can upgrade their starting lineup by signing Johnson. PFF is spot on.

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