Bowman: 3 Free Agents That Can Help The Packers
Ryan Bowman @RyanBowmanPWW
The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and the Packers roster currently sits at 90. And while it may seem like the player acquisition phase of the off season is over, teams are still picking through the remaining Free Agent market to see if there are any players still available that can help them win now.
We recently had Ken Ingalls on the PWW Podcast to chat about the Packers salary cap, if you haven’t checked it out it’s a great conversation with tonnes of valuable insight. We talked about some potential targets that could make sense for Green Bay, and I’ll break down a few of those for you here.
Taylor Gabriel – WR
Gabriel was cut this off-season just 2 years into his 4-year(s) / $26M contract with the Chicago Bears. In those two seasons he posted 96 receptions for 1041 yards and 6 TDs while appearing in 25 games.
The 29 year old veteran is familiar with LaFleur’s brand of offense from their time together in Atlanta, and offers a unique skillet not currently on the Packers roster. He can likely be had in the $1-2M range, and at that price could be worth bringing in to compete at a position Green Bay passed on in the draft.
Damon (Snacks) Harrison – DT
I’m just going to keep trying to will this into existence. How Harrison is still available at this point is beyond me. The 31 year old DT would immediately plug in as an early down run stuffer next to Kenny Clark, and would provide some much needed power in the trenches for the Green and Gold. Would a 1 year/ $5M get it done? Ken thinks so, and if I’m Brian Gutekunst I sign that check today.
Jared Veldheer – OT
The Packers drafted heavily on the interior offensive line, and signed Ricky Wagner to replace Bryan Bulaga (Iowa) Who does that leave as their Swing Tackle? Alex Light and Billy Turner both are guards that have experience at OT, but neither provides the calm veteran presence on the outside we saw from Veldheer last season, when Bulaga was unable to go against Seattle in the playoffs. Another player you can likely get on a 1 year / $2M deal who can lock down either tackle spot if the injury bug strikes.
The Packers don’t have a huge amount of cap space to work with, but none of these projected contracts would be limiting for Green Bay, especially with some high cost veterans potentially being cut before training camp begins. Key additions like these were a big part of the Packers success last year, and I won’t be surprised to see Gutekunst and Co. make a few more moves before all is said and done.