The Green Bay Packers have a problem at cornerback: they have way too many of them on their roster.
While the Packers’ defense has suffered many injuries over the years, they go into this upcoming season with six returning cornerbacks who played some time last year. Current corners Davon House and Tramon Williams are entering contract years, while Sam Shields just received a brand new deal. Add to that two talented young corners in Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward and recently drafted Demetri Goodson, and the Packers are loaded at the corner spot.
Then there is Jarrett Bush. Bush has been with the Packers since 2006, playing in all 16 games for all but two seasons, 2007 and 2013. With the emergence of Hyde and Hayward, Bush’s playing time has decreased the past couple of years.
This upcoming season, Bush is scheduled to make $2.03 million, which is more than the likes of Hayward, House, and Randall Cobb. However, if the Packers were to release Bush for some reason, they would be saving about $1.7 million in cap room. That extra money would be more money that could be used to pay Williams and House, as well as Cobb and Jordy Nelson, who are also upcoming free agents.
Even though Bush did have some big games last year, most notably against the Atlanta Falcons where he had the game winning interception, his numbers were almost as low as they were in his rookie season. To add to Bush’s worries, both Hayward and Hyde look like exciting young talents that could be mainstays in the Packers secondary for years to come. Even though Hayward missed most of last season, he is a major strength to the cornerback spot. As for Hyde, he burst on the scene right away, and even added some explosiveness to the return game.
While many people might ask why cut Bush and not House, House’s games played total jumped from nine to 16 last year, and House has the youth advantage on Bush by six years. Jarrett Bush has had a long tenure with the Packers. It might be coming to an end.