GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Here are the moves the Green Bay Packers should consider when free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 14:
Sign a veteran cornerback: If this sounds familiar, it's because it was the No. 1 priority last offseason, too. The Packers went with Davon House on a one-year deal. While House proved serviceable and could be back on another short-term deal, the hole at cornerback is so great that an impact corner would be ideal. Kyle Fuller may have been on the Packers' wish list before the Chicago Bears put the transition tag on him, but there are other options such as Malcolm Butler, who appears on his way out in New England, or the Los Angeles Rams' Trumaine Johnson, who if paired with Kevin King would give the Packers two tall cornerbacks. This was priority No. 1 even before the Packers traded Damarious Randall to the Browns on Friday. Now, it's critical that they sign at least one impact veteran at this position, if not two.
Sign a receiving tight end: Because the Martellus Bennett signing turned into a debacle, the Packers need a pass-catching tight end who can connect with Aaron Rodgers right away. A rookie probably won't be able to do that, so new GM Brian Gutekunst may have to make up for the Bennett mistake by going back into free agency for another tight end. The best option might be Trey Burton, who has played behind Zach Ertz in Philadelphia, but he's likely to have many suitors and a high price tag. The same for Jimmy Graham, whose days in Seattle appear over. Perhaps the Cincinnati Bengals' Tyler Eifert (if he's healthy) could be in play.
Don't overpay for Morgan Burnett:: At 29, the veteran safety probably still has a few decent years left in him, and his versatility is a plus. Last season, he not only played his natural safety position but also lined up as a slot cornerback and at inside linebacker in the Packers' oft-used "nitro" package. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine values versatility, which also could work in Burnett's favor. But he's had nagging injury issues in recent years, which makes him a bit of a risk. He's coming off a deal that averaged $6.2 million per season. If they can get him back for half of that, then it's worth doing.