Predicting Packers' next 3 moves after signing Xavier McKinney and Josh Jacobs

Green Bay Packers, Xavier McKinney
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The Green Bay Packers stole the headlines on the opening day of free agency. Yes, you read that right.

It was a day filled with significant incomings and outgoings. Green Bay released David Bakhtiari and Aaron Jones but made two of the biggest deals of the day, signing safety Xavier McKinney and running back Josh Jacobs.

The Packers lost two starters in free agency: safety Darnell Savage signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and guard Jon Runyan Jr. is headed to the New York Giants. McKinney replaces Savage in the secondary but Green Bay now has a void at right guard.

Fans had to ride the ups and downs of emotions on Monday, but what comes next?

What moves will Packers make next after signing Xavier McKinney and Josh Jacobs?

1. Re-sign Keisean Nixon

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers' "intention" is to re-sign Keisean Nixon. Bringing back Nixon for his special teams work and cornerback depth would make sense.

Silverstein noted that he would return as the Packers' slot corner, which indicates they may view Nixon as a starter in Jeff Hafley's defense. Nixon has earned consecutive first-team All-Pro honors as a kick returner. The Packers can likely re-sign Nixon on an affordable deal.

2. Sign safety Jordan Fuller

Green Bay could add another safety. The Packers signed Xavier McKinney to replace Darnell Savage, but they need more work at the position. Jonathan Owens and Rudy Ford are free agents, leaving another opening in the secondary.

The free agency class is loaded with talent, and Green Bay should take advantage of it. Jordan Fuller would be another home-run addition but a more affordable option than McKinney.

Fuller has experience in Jeff Hafley's system from their time together at Ohio State. Like McKinney, Fuller would provide versatility in the secondary—he could line up as the single-high safety or in the box for the Packers. Last season, he forced three fumbles, defended eight passes, and made three interceptions for the Rams.

3. Restructure Jaire Alexander's contract

The Packers may still need ways to create more cap space, and restructuring Jaire Alexander's deal is a possibility. According to Packers salary cap expert Ken Ingalls, Green Bay could create $10.14 million by adjusting Alexander's contract.

Even after signing McKinney and Jacobs, Green Bay still has the opportunity to address areas of need in free agency. While they will want to avoid restructuring contracts where possible, the cap savings from making this move would be tough to pass up.

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