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3 free agents Green Bay Packers need to target after NFL Draft

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The Green Bay Packers have enough cap space to sign another veteran free agent or two.

Coming up on a week removed since the 2022 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers can look to acquire a veteran free agent or two with their available cap space.

Green Bay has approximately $10.83 million in available cap space after the 2022 NFL Draft. Even though they have 90 players signed, this amount of cap space has them just below league average. With a Super Bowl appearance right in front of them, it would serve general manager Brian Gutekunst to damn the torpedoes and see if he can help out Aaron Rodgers this summer.

With plenty of viable free agents out there, here are three that could satisfy a need for Green Bay.

Green Bay Packers: 3 free agents to consider signing after the 2022 NFL Draft

The Green Bay Packers need to address depth in their defensive backfield pronto

While the cornerback trio of Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas and Eric Stokes is about as good as it gets from an NFL talent perspective, the Packers cannot afford for one of them to get hurt this year. Though Douglas flourished in his expanded opportunity a season ago when Alexander went down, the Packers cannot count on somebody else being this year's version of Douglas for them.

Not to say it needs to be him, 100 percent, but adding a former first-round talent in Vernon Hargreaves could be in line with what the Packers are thinking about in adding to their cornerback rotation. The former Florida star most recently played with the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals. Though he did not play much for Lou Anarumo last year, Hargreaves was part of a winning team.

With teammates like Alexander, Douglas and Stokes, iron could theoretically sharpen iron in Green Bay should Hargreaves link up with the Packers. Of course, he may not be the perfect scheme fit for their defense. Regardless, it would serve the Packers to look at acquiring a player whose career has not panned out up to this point. Hargreaves could get back to the Super Bowl with Green Bay.

Hargreaves may be a name more than anything, but this is the type of cornerback they will pursue.

Jared Cook made one of the greatest catches in Green Bay Packers history

It may only be a year-to-year proposition for him at this point of his NFL career, but let's never forget one thing about Jared Cook. He made one of the greatest catches in Packers football history, in the NFC playoffs nonetheless. His catch near the sidelines on an ad-libbed play by Aaron Rodgers helped the No. 4-seeded Packers defeat the top-seed Dallas Cowboys in 2016.

Of course, the Green Bay brass somehow thought it was okay to let Cook at the peak of powers walk in free agency. In the years since leaving Titletown, he has been a two-time Pro Bowler and has played with three additional NFL franchises, most recently with the 2021 Los Angeles Chargers. He may have just turned 35 years old, but the Packers do need some help at tight end.

With Robert Tonyan working his way back from a torn ACL, the least the Packers can do is add a familiar face to the receiving corps to help offset trading away Rodgers' favorite target in Davante Adams. Of course, their dollars can go further than overpaying for the consistently inconsistent player. Then again, all it takes is one more great catch for the Packers to go on a big playoff run.

If Tonyan were 100 percent healthy, this would not be an issue, but tight end cannot be terrible.

Jarvis Landry can become Aaron Rodgers' new favorite safety valve in the slot

Even though the Packers used their No. 34 overall pick wide receiver Christian Watson out of North Dakota State in the early hours of last Friday evening, there are no guarantees he will be a success at the professional. Though all signs point towards him being successful with the Packers, it would serve Green Bay to sign a guarantee at possession receiver in the form of Jarvis Landry.

For years, Landry has been one of the most underrated receivers in the NFL. Despite catching everything thrown his way, the five-time Pro Bowler never seems to get his due. This may have something to do with him playing in dysfunctional situations since turning pro, first with the Miami Dolphins and most recently with the Cleveland Browns. Green Bay is not those two places.

While the Packers will have one of the best running back tandems in football in Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillion, as well as the two-time reigning MVP under center in Aaron Rodgers, what happens when it is third-and-6 and Green Bay needs to move the sticks? Landry will do what he does for years and get open between the hash marks to help continue put his team in position to succeed.

A high-end possession receiver like Landry could be exactly what the Packers offense is missing.


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