The Green Bay Packers have been a top notch offense since the days of Brett Favre and head coach Mike Holmgren. Now, the Packers are led by a different Mike, head coach Mike McCarthy, and have possibly the best quarterback in the league with Aaron Rodgers. Add to that a new found running game in Eddie Lacy, and the Packers can beat defenses by either the air or ground.
While Rodgers is a top three quarterback, wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and James Jones have emerged as possibly the best receiving corps in the NFL. The Packers are loaded on offense, but here are three free agents that might help them even more.
With tight end Andrew Quarless hitting the free agent market and Jermichael Finley still not sure if the Packers will resign him after his neck injury, the Packers have to find a new tight end either in the draft or free agency. If they decide to go the free agent way, Brandon Myers might be a player to look at. In each of the last two seasons, one with the Oakland Raiders and the other with the New York Giants, Myers has caught four touchdowns. While he might not be a number one tight end, he would be a good backup if they draft a tight end in the first round of the NFL draft.
With James Jones also heading into free agency, the Packers may need to find another target for Aaron Rodgers. In his last two seasons playing with the Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning, Eric Decker has caught 24 combined touchdowns and over 2,000 yards receiving. If Jones is not resigned, Decker would be a perfect replacement, as he too can stretch the field.
In week 9 of last season, one hit changed the course of the Packers’ season. When Aaron Rodgers went down, the Packers were forced to put in an aging Seneca Wallace as their new quarterback, and after Wallace got hurt, undrafted Scott Tolzien took control of the offense. But, Tolzien struggled and Matt Flynn was signed to save the Packers’ season. Like many other Packers, Flynn is hitting the free agent market and the Packers are left with Rodgers and Tolzien as their only quarterbacks on the roster. With that being said, the Packers might want to sign a veteran in the event Rodgers goes down again. While Matt Cassel did struggle with the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings, he did have success when he started for one season for the New England Patriots. By no stretch will Cassel be asked to compete for the starting job. But, a viable backup quarterback would provide the Packers with a much needed safety net.