The Green Bay Packers will rue a missed opportunity to make the Super Bowl, having proven they could match the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.
Green Bay defeated Kansas City at Lambeau Field and fell just short of upsetting San Francisco in the divisional round.
But the Packers should feel pride when reflecting on their incredible journey this season. The best is yet to come for this young team.
General manager Brian Gutekunst has built a strong foundation for the Packers to compete in the NFC. He must continue to help this team level up this offseason. And that could mean taking players away from two of the best teams the NFL has to offer.
Potential Packers free agent targets in Super Bowl LVIII
The Packers almost certainly won't spend big money in the opening week of free agency, which rules out any hopes of landing All-Pro defensive lineman Chris Jones or cornerback L'Jarius Sneed. However, Green Bay should consider signing these three players from Super Bowl LVIII.
LB Drue Tranquill
A switch to Jeff Hafley's 4-3 defense increases the need for quality linebacker play. De'Vondre Campbell is likely done in Green Bay, so the team must find another starter to play alongside Quay Walker and Isaiah McDuffie.
Drue Tranquill has enjoyed an excellent season in Kansas City. He isn't a regular starter, but the Chiefs called on him when injuries hit their defense, and Tranquill delivered. He made 4.5 sacks, seven QB hits, and seven tackles for loss in the regular season.
Tranquill would be an affordable option for the Packers, and he could start in Hafley's defense.
LB Willie Gay Jr.
Another Chiefs linebacker the Packers could consider signing in free agency is Willie Gay Jr. The former second-round pick is just 25 years old but has made 47 career starts in four seasons.
Gay has played a vital role in the Chiefs' defense, making 233 tackles, five sacks, 19 pass defenses, and an interception since 2020. He would add experience to Hafley's defense despite only entering year five in the NFL next season.
DT Javon Kinlaw
Javon Kinlaw hasn't lived up to expectations after the 49ers picked him 14th overall in 2020. He has missed time due to injury in his NFL career. However, Kinlaw played all 17 games this season, making a career-high 3.5 sacks and six QB hits.
Kinlaw still has the potential to become an excellent starter, and the Packers should consider offering him a one-year prove-it deal.