Heading into the 2014 offseason, the Green Bay Packers have many decisions to make on which players they need to resign and which players they need to look at around the league. With notable Packers standouts James Jones and Sam Shields currently on the free agent market and looking for bigger money, the Packers could be forced to make some moves. If the Packers decide to part ways with Jones and Shields, here are some names that could end up in green and gold for this season.
Bethea has played great since taking over for Bob Sanders at safety for the Indianapolis Colts. Bethea was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of small Howard University, where he started 14 games in his rookie season, recording 66 tackles and one interception. After only playing 13 games in 2007, Bethea has not missed a game. He would be a huge upgrade to the Packers at the safety position.
Beason is a former first round pick out of the University of Miami (Florida), and spent his first six seasons with the Carolina Panthers before being traded three weeks into the 2013 season to the New York Giants. Aside from safety, linebacker is the most needed position for the Packers to fill this offseason. Beason had 65 tackles with the Giants and one interception. Beason would add more depth and veteran leadership to an inexperienced Packers line backing core.
The decision on whether or not to keep cornerback Sam Shields will play a huge role in how general manager Ted Thompson decides to attack the free agent market. If Shields is not resigned, the Packers have to look to upgrade their cornerbacks. This is where Grimes enters the picture. Grimes had four interceptions with the Miami Dolphins last season and also had 16 pass deflections. Grimes would be a great replacement for Shields if the Packers decide to go that way.
With the Packers offense being so explosive with Aaron Rodgers under center, some of the defenses flaws have been disguised. But, after Rodgers missed games with a broken collarbone, the defense was torched by opposing offenses and badly needed some help. These three names could be exactly what the Packers are looking for.