More unrealistic but fun Packers targets in free agency
Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
Once again, the Green Bay Packers lack a consistent WR1 among their current group. I think a player like Mike Evans, who has been a lock for 1,000 yards every year he's been in the NFL, could be a fascinating fit with Jordan Love.
Evans would also serve as a really solid role model and veteran for an offense that really doesn't have much of a veteran presence at all. Evans has that big 6-foot-5 frame, he's played in big games, he's won big games, he's got a Super Bowl to his name, and he's a model of consistency. It doesn't matter if you're talking about needing to move the chains, convert in the red zone, win one-on-one – Evans does it all.
It might be more likely that Evans is a Buccaneer for life, but if he hits the market, the Packers should get in the bidding.
Chase Young, EDGE, 49ers
Another player that I think would be fun in Green Bay but is probably unrealistic is pass rusher Chase Young. The Packers currently have a number of EDGE players making significant contributions, including recently re-signed Rashan Gary, former big-ticket free agent Preston Smith, first-round pick Lukas Van Ness, among a handful of others.
But after this season, the future of Preston Smith could be up in the air and I wouldn't mind seeing the Packers get a little younger off the edge. Chase Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is an absolute stud when healthy. His 15 QB hits in 2023 are a career-best, and if he goes on a playoff run with the 49ers? The price is only going to go up.
I just imagine a unit off the edge for the Packers for the future of Rashan Gary, Chase Young, and Lukas Van Ness – the Big Ten Boys. Those guys would cause such problems for opposing offensive lines with their athleticism and pass-rush repertoire.