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Splitting the Green Bay Packers free agent class in 2023

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Adrian Amos (Vulked Contract)

Amos has been one of the most stable and reliable players not only on the Packers defense during his tenure in Green Bay, but at the safety position throughout the entire NFL. However, 2022 has certainly been a bad year for him, with missed tackles and coverage breaks on the back end (which certainly wasn’t all in Amos) occurring more often than usual. The safety position for the Packers in 2023 is very narrow, with only Darnell Savage and Tariq Carpenter under contract.

Dean Lowry (Vulked Contract)

I think Lowry suffers more than he should. The depth of the inside defensive line’s room in recent years has forced him into a larger role than he probably should have, and for a player who is more of a run defender, he has been asked to chase the quarterback a bit. . The Packers need to increase that position in the offseason, but on a cheaper deal and with a reduced role, I think re-signing Lowry makes sense.

Mason Crosby (Vulked Contract)

This is a difficult question. Crosby was still pretty good throughout the season on field goal attempts, but it’s clear he doesn’t have the same power as he once did. Lambeau’s 50-yard attempts late in the season barely cleared the crossbar, and he also had one of the highest kickback rates in the NFL.

Marcedes Lewis (Contract Annulled)

Lewis is still an elite blocking tight end and a key part of the Packers’ running game. I have to think that if he wants to come back, Green Bay will gladly welcome him.

Allen Lazard

I imagine the Packers would want Lazard back, given his impact on both the passing game and as a run blocker. We know he’s not the #1 wide receiver, but he’s reliable. With that said, with the wide receiver market exploding this past offseason, it’s very possible that Lazard will be out of the Packers’ price range.

Robert Tonyan (Vulked Contract)

Of the Packers’ tight ends, Tonyan was the only consistent threat in the passing game. However, this position lacked a lot of playing ability. While Tonyan was dependable, he ranked 35th among 43 tight ends in yards per catch last season, albeit on his defense in that he was impacted by how he was utilized. Getting more dynamic in this position should be at the top of the to-do list, but Tonyan is one of the names Rodgers mentioned he wanted back.

Jarran Reed (Contract Void)

The defensive inside line’s play, both against the run and the pass, was a big reason for the defense’s late-season success, and the emergence of Reed was a key part of that. He recorded eight pressures in the last three games and five stops by PFF. I know Green Bay just selected Devonte Wyatt in the first round, but adding more top talent to this position, which for much of the season, has struggled with running and creating pressure will be important. Whether or not Reed is back will, of course, depend on the value of the contract, but also what other options exist for the Packers.

Randall Cobb (Vulked Contract)

Follow the flowchart:

Is Aaron Rodgers back? Yes. So is Randall Cobb.

Is Aaron Rodgers back? Do not. So neither does Randall Cobb.

Dallin Leavitt and Eric Wilson

Let’s put these two together as their situations are similar. Both were key special teams players and played key roles in the Packers’ turnaround on special teams. Last offseason, Gutey mentioned that the Packers took a different approach on special teams, prioritizing specific special team additions. Fast forward to last Friday, Gutey said the Packers would take a similar approach this offseason. I think Green Bay would love to have both players back if they could.

rudy ford

Ford made a difference as a flier on special teams and began to see regular playing time safely during the second half of the season. He was a turnover magnet and a very willing tackle. With his lack of depth in the security room and his ability to contribute on special teams, I think Ford is back.

Corey Ballentine

Ballentine ended up playing 106 special teams snaps for the Packers, all of which came in Week 10 and beyond after being promoted from the practice squad. If the Packers were happy with their play, Ballentine would be a cheap contributor to their special teams unit in 2023.

Keisean Nixon

For the first time since I don’t know when, the Packers had a revolutionary presence on special teams. Nixon was an All-Pro and the best kick returner in the NFL. I don’t care how; just find a way to hire him again.

justin hollins

Hollins was a sneaky season addition for the Packers. In six games with the Packers, Hollins recorded nine pressures, including three sacks. Once again, edge rusher depth is a concern this offseason.