The Packers are squarely focused on winning a Super Bowl title at the moment, but roster changes are coming for Green Bay in the offseason.
Aaron Rodgers’ renaissance has the Packers well-positioned to make a deep postseason run to conclude this season. Green Bay’s front office has already started to turn its attention to how the roster will need to be retooled to achieve the same level of regular-season success in 2021.
The good news for Packers fans is that it won’t see a ton of personnel upheaval. The majority of the team’s stars remain under contract at relatively reasonable cap numbers. Signing tackle David Bakhtiari to a massive extension during the 2020 season took care of the team’s top offseason priority before it ever materialized.
That doesn’t mean a few big-name players won’t be leaving the team after the playoffs are over. Packers fans should keep a very close eye on the following three stars as potential flight risks during the offseason.
King isn’t the biggest star on the defensive side of the ball for Green Bay, but he’s quietly become an above-average starter at the right cornerback position. That means he’ll be due for a big raise over his 2020 salary of just over $2.2 million.
The Packers would love to retain him in free agency, but look for the bidding to get out of their price range relatively early in the process. They aren’t going to be willing to pay the premium required to keep him. Another team may look to pay King like a No. 1 cornerback. That will be a speculative purchase, but it could pay off for a team in desperate need of secondary help.
Instead of overspending on King, the Packers will trust Josh Jackson to step up and fill his shoes in 2021. The franchise will need to add another corner to become the No. 3 option, but that’s something Green Bay can achieve in the draft.