The Packers look to make some moves this off-season. Needs include cornerback, OLB, and RB. Here is our first in a series of head to head polls that we will use to get a final picture of where PackerNation wants the team to go. Each head to head poll winner will be added to a final poll as the free agent period begins. Here is the first:
While defensive lineman may not be a big need, it would certainly be nice to get a difference-maker up front alongside Mike Daniels. If the Packers take a top-tier guy here…they would have a nice 3-4 front with Daniels and Clark and one of these guys. Clark could take the place of LeTroy Guion, and the Packers did what they could contract-wise in the event they want to move as a lot of Guion’s contract is tied up in bonus money that has to be earned on the field. Guion had a decent season in ’16 but an upgrade would help everyone from the linebackers to the defensive backfield. Then the Packers could add another lineman in the draft to add depth.
So here’s the first poll…a couple of guys that may be long-shots for the Packers but would add disruption at the position where the battle is won…the trenches.
Dontari Poe has been a big part of the reason the Kansas City defense is the team’s bright spot and the reason they are in the post-season year after year. A big, powerful force in the middle, Poe also has improved in his ability to get to the quarterback. He will command a big contract coming off his rookie contract, but he is still young and would be a fantastic complement to Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark.
Whether he played defensive end or OLB, Calais Cambell would help a Packers defense that struggled to get to the quarterback last year. On a roster that included Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews…the Packers team leader in sacks was Nick Perry who played most of the season with a club on his arm. Campbell, at 6’8″ and 300 pounds would be the perfect replacement for Julius Peppers if he decides to retire, or the team could play him at the DE position in front of Matthews to wreak havoc on opponent’s quarterbacks.