Cory's Corner: It's Not Time To Be Content

The Packers should do better than Kevin King. 

I get it. I really do. 

Kevin King is still sitting out there in free agency and the Packers still need someone to play on the other side of the best cornerback in football. 

I just don’t want to see it happen. Bringing back King just signals that it’s OK to be content. King played 68 percent of the defensive snaps last year and he allowed a passer rating of 115. Conversely, Jaire Alexander allowed a passer of 54.3. 

King was OK. His ceiling may have hit a high water mark this year by showing that he is capable of sticking his nose at the line of scrimmage and making a play on the run game. This season was the most assertive I’ve seen from King. He made 45 solo tackles and even registered a quarterback hit — the first time he’s done that in his career. 

But bringing King back is akin to saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Just because a truck’s tires aren’t falling off doesn’t mean that it’s fine. Maybe it has a tough time getting started, maybe it burns oil or maybe the spring in the seat is starting to peek through.

King isn’t a bad cornerback, he just isn’t that good. And what’s the point of having an All-World corner on one side when the less than average corner is making the opposing defense look like the 2007 Patriots?

Now, because the Packers have waited so long, a lot of good options have already been scooped up. William Jackson, Kyle Fuller, Desmond King and Mike Hilton have already been signed. The best one still available is none other than Richard Sherman, who turns 33 on March 30. 

Historically, the Packers are the kings of thrift. They look for the best value to fit their needs. However, with one of the best passers of all-time and generational talents at defensive line, running back, wide receiver and cornerback, this isn’t the best time to just fill a roster spot. 

And no, I’m not saying the Packers shouldn’t add King because of what happened to close the first half vs. Tampa Bay in the NFC title game. It’s the entire body of work. I hate the argument that says, “You could do a lot worse than adding King.” When you’re buying a chair, do you say to yourself, “I could do much worse than the chair in this showroom.” So you’re saying it’s either this chair or the cigarette-stained one that is sitting by the side of the road?

Everyone knows that there were plenty of solid options at cornerback when free agency kicked off. I liked Xavier Rhodes, whom the Colts are bringing back on a one-year, $6.5 million deal. 

Basically, the question isn’t whether to bring back King or not. The question is how good is good enough? The biggest fear among the Packers is to lose relevancy, because they are in the smallest market in all of professional sports. However, with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers playing at the top of his game, they will always matter. 

But that’s just it. Do the Packers just want to be relevant or do they want to be memorable? Green Bay has advanced to back-to-back NFC Championship games. This team is one or two players away and the Packers remain content. 

In four seasons, King has given up a passer rating of 97.9. King is going to give solid effort, but just isn’t someone that you can rely on — especially when Alexander shuts down his side of the field. 

The Packers are really close to a fifth Super Bowl. Now isn’t the time to be content.

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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ItsRobAck's picture

March 23, 2021 at 06:44 am

I think Sherman would be a great addition to the team. Not only do I think he has some left in the tank but he has been in the league long enough where he could also act as a mentor to a young guy like Jaire.

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Guam's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:29 am

If the Packers can afford him. He has been a high priced guy for awhile now and I have no idea what he would be willing to accept as a salary. He may have to sit on the market for a bit before the Packers would be able to sign him.

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mrtundra's picture

March 23, 2021 at 06:49 am

King's problems started when the defense was in zone mode, instead of man to man. King would get lost in all the bodies, in a zone scheme. He was much better in man coverage. Still, Tampa made him look silly in the NFCCG.

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 07:17 am

I agree on the zone issue. If Barry wants to run zone King isn’t really an option. The thing about King is he looked hobbled. Was he playing through injury because they couldn’t or wouldn’t put Jackson or Hollman out there?

In my view we need a high draft pick and a FA at this position (as well as to restock the pipeline at CB). I am leery of signing aging vets to a position where speed and agility are critical (though perhaps to upgrade in the center).

With the cap position as it is, we know further moves are coming. I am hoping these leave room for us to add experience at the position.

If King really was hobbled and we intend to play mostly man, King on a cheap contract could perhaps be an option. The team knows his injury status and what Barry intended. We do not.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:04 am

I think King gets burned just as easily in man vs zone.
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"King on a cheap contract could perhaps be an option."

I thought that's what he was the past 4 seasons. I think the Packers need a new plan.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:01 am

I thought Sherman was more of a zone CB. Maybe he is okay in man, especially if he can get his hands on the receiver? Rather like King, who is better in man if he can bump the WR. If he fails to divert the WR, King has trouble with his make-up speed.

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:19 am

Agree TGR, and Sherman was never fast.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 07:26 am

I thought someone posted data that showed that King was BETTER in zone than he was in man. The analysis being that he played better facing the QB and with the play in front of him, and struggled when he had to turn and run with WR.

I might have this completely backward, though. If the person who made that post can help bail me out, I'd really appreciate it.

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Guam's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:14 am

I thought that was Jackson who was better in zone than man. Don't remember seeing a similar post about King.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:26 am

I'll have to go back to see if I can find it. I'm glad to be wrong...or at least used to it.

Certainly I'm having a nagging feeling that #37 will be starting opposite Alexander in September for a defense that plays more zone than man...but that's likely driven by a lack of options at this point. Keep in mind, also, that in LA, Staley ran hybrid defenses with Ramsey essentially playing man on the opponent's top pass-catcher, and everyone else playing zone behind him.

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Guam's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:33 am

Yeah, I thought the same thing in a post further down. Due to Jaire, Barry is going to have to design some coverages that help whoever is manning the opposite corner because he is going to get thrown at a lot.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:33 am

I, also, see Jackson as the putative starter. He started the 5 games King missed last year.

Regarding King, good is not the enemy of great.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:41 am

In all honesty, I'd love to see Jackson emerge as a quality NFL starter, and with a change in philosophical approach, this would be the time for it. But I don't think BG is relying on it, and he'll do something to provide insurance (if not a starter) on that side in 2021. The bottom line is that they've been unwilling thus far to make a move on the vet CBs that are available, and seem to be waiting to clear further cap space until it's needed...so they're certainly not telegraphing their plans.

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:24 am

He was a healthy scratch late last year and seemed to be battling with Hollman before that. Since both ended as inactives despite being healthy I don’t put any faith in them ( love to be surprised). Add the fact that King was on the injury report constantly and looked like he was limited and I see even less reason to rely on either.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:29 pm

Jackson should be getting the pink slip sometime in camp.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:16 am

We need 5 healthy, capable corners on game day. Another one on the 53 but inactive, and at least one more on the PS. I think this requires addition, not subtraction.

No matter who you put on the field, your opponent is going to try to work on the weak spot.

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Roadrunner23's picture

March 23, 2021 at 06:51 am

The Packers won’t bring back King after he almost single handedly cost them a trip to the Super Bowl. They will bring in a value priced veteran or two after June 1st most likely and draft a couple, it is how they operate. Bringing King back would be a PR and locker room nightmare (like Brandon Bostic)that will not happen. Asante Samuel, Greg Newsome or Jaycee Horn are all good candidates in the draft and are already superior to King even though they haven’t played a down in the NFL. Gute has a plan, trust it.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:09 am

"Gute has a plan, trust it!"
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I love you man! :)
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He had a plan for replacing Nelson and Cobb. It's called...the 6 year plan.

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PeteK's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:57 am

The Adams, Lazard, Tonyan, Jones and MVS plan has worked to the tune of MVP QB and one of the best offenses in 3 yrs.

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PF4L's picture

March 24, 2021 at 08:31 am

I think Rodgers and Lefleur had a little something to do with it also.

Out of those guys you mentioned...Only MVS was brought on by Gute. MVS makes some splash plays, and If he could improve his 52% target catch rate, we'd really have something there.

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cms's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:04 am

Sadly, I really doubt that Gute has a plan. He is a process guy. Follow the process and the result will somehow follow. Just like last year's draft. No plan.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:48 pm

"The Packers won’t bring back King after he almost single handedly cost them a trip to the Super Bowl."

Just stop it already....lol

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 11:07 pm

"The Packers won’t bring back King after he almost single handedly cost them a trip to the Super Bowl."

"Gute has a plan, trust it"

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mnbadger's picture

March 23, 2021 at 06:52 am

Sorry Cory, but the Packers don't have a generational talent on the D-line. Aaron Donald and Lawrence Taylor are/were generational. I don't see anyone on the defense that rises to that level, especially on the D-line. GPG

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 07:20 am

Clark is pretty darn good. It would be nice to give him more around him. Pettine seemed determined to hamstring the D line.

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CoryJennerjohn's picture

March 23, 2021 at 07:22 am

We can agree to disagree that Kenny Clark is an amazing talent. He gets overlooked so much because he isn’t the one making the plays, but he gets plenty of assists.

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egbertsouse's picture

March 23, 2021 at 07:43 am

They don’t have a generational talent anywhere on the team except possibly Rodgers and that is debatable since he plays in the same generation as Brady.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:16 am

I think leading the league in passer rating history, leading the league in td/interception ratio in NFL history, among other records. Might qualify for generational talent.

If Rodgers had the opportunity to start his first or 2nd season, he'd be blowing everyone away as far as the record books.
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If you look at Rodgers stats in his first 13 seasons against....anyone/everyone. He comes in 2nd...to nobody.

This is not my opinion, this is fact.

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:27 am

Rodgers might not have shone in his first couple of seasons. It is arguable that time allowed him to grow into the generational player he became.

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egbertsouse's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:43 am

Not arguing with you. Just saying if you are to pick one QB for this generation of players many people might pick the guy with the 6 rings. Don’t get me wrong, I hate Brady but he can’t be ignored in the debate.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:33 pm

I could get on board with that egbert if i thought it only took one player to win a Super Bowl.
I don't hate Brady, hell...i don't hate anyone. that's bad karma.
He's an unbelievable talent and intelligence, that worked hard, fell into the right organization and earned what he got.
I don't deal in petty psi's of footballs.

I don't think there is a rule only one QB can be generational.

A handful of HOF QB's have played around the same time and 4 or 5 are generational. It's rare but it happened and we as fans...got the full benefit of watching it all.

Brady
Rodgers
Manning
Bree's
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All generational.

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Since'61's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:07 am

Rodgers is a generational talent because he has changed the way the QB is played for the first time since Johnny Unitas back in the late 50s and early 60s. Rodgers throws better and more accurately on the run than any Qb who has ever played the game. This has caused GMs to look for QBs who can throw on the run like Mahomes, Allen et. al.

Brady has had great success and is a great player but he has always been a pocket passer. He has not really advanced the position. Rodgers ability to throw effectively while on the move, even now in the later stages of his career, is something we have not seen before and may never see again. Even some of the younger, currently mobile QBs may not be able to move and throw as well as Rodgers when/if they reach his age and are still in the game. Take RG3 as an example.

Let's also not forget that Rodgers is a 3 time MVP. He is one among the few who have reached that plateau in league history. And who knows what remains ahead for Rodgers career. Thanks, Since '61

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egbertsouse's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:57 am

You all make valid points. However, my purpose was not to challenge AR’s claim to be a generational talent but to say I disagreed with the writer saying the Packers currently have generational talent at a number of positions.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:44 pm

Since'61 is at it again.....
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His point is that they aren't the same, they all bring special talent in skills and excel in different (or the same) area's.

With Brady and Manning it is all in the head, by all accounts, nobody worked harder studying film, and preparing.
Rodgers has that all somewhat with an extremely high IQ, but it's his physical play and athleticism that made people say....."how the hell did he do that?...consistently.

Keep on keeping on Since'61....Leaders are born.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:36 am

Not declaring Rodgers as a generational talent is akin to saying Lombardi was just a good head coach.

I've watched both Lombardi and Rodgers throughout their entire time with the Packers and I've never seen anyone as good at their job as either one.

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PeteK's picture

March 23, 2021 at 11:00 am

Adams is and Jaire is on his way barring injury. Packer generational players.

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packerbackerjim's picture

March 23, 2021 at 07:06 am

King has missed 50% of games with about an equal amount of gaffes and great plays when he is available. At best he would be an inexpensive 2nd string depth piece. Time to move on for all concerned.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:17 am

Appreciate the voice of reason.

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egbertsouse's picture

March 23, 2021 at 07:39 am

I check the wire every day praying that King gets signed by another team before Gute decides to re-sign him. So far, no such luck. I keep getting these Jarrett Bush flashbacks where I would think he was finally gone and then Ted would find a way to reel him back in for another season of ineptitude.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:46 am

Lol....yea i remember the Jarrett Bush days well....sometimes too well.

He was an accident waiting to happen (like Favre throwing the ball late in a tight game)

The thing about Bush is he would make enough flash plays once in awhile to where Ted kept him around.

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:29 am

He was an excellent special teamer.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:34 am

You're right, he made his living back there. but he could still be an accident. He was the King of bonehead moves or decisions.

Rarely boring.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:56 am

Bush was a ST specialist, though. Sure, he played CB and some S, but usually only when the defense was depleted by injury. The changes to PS rules make those guys less likely to need to suck it up as often. He was a DB in the same way Allen Rossum was a DB.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:50 pm

dobber has a good memory.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 07:51 am

But bringing King back is akin to saying..."We don't care, he's cheap" ..like what they were basically saying in his last 2 seasons...or....they didn't view him as a liability.
Either way, not the path to the Super Bowl.
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"King isn’t a bad cornerback,"
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Really?
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PFF had him ranked 92nd in the league last season. do you know what the 92nd best cornerback of the NFL is?
He's a back up.

He graded ......
51.0 ...2017
56.6....2018
62.5...2019
55.7...2020

Maybe Kevin King isn't the problem, maybe it's the judgement of our expert talent evaluators.

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stockholder's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:02 am

Of Course I have to disagree. Nobody on the Packers could take Kings place. With that; how many CBs do you want to Draft? King has a injury problem. And you don't overpay a guy with injuries. But even as bad as you think he was, is, or will be. He's still better then anything you can bring in. You don't improve if you don't play. And there is where Kings problems laid. He didn't play enough. He was constantly questionable. He still would start over any rookie. But, You want to draft a CB? OK, go ahead and forget helping Clark. Ignore the ILB some more. And just forget about the super-Bowl. The secondary has cost us to many high picks. There have been No sure Locks. And because of that, I'm willing to give King a second chance.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:25 am

" He still would start over any rookie."
Really?
Would he have started over Jaire Alexander?

" He's still better then anything you can bring in."
Really?

He's better than Sherman, Rhodes, etc?

I appreciate people deserving a 2nd chance, i believe the same.

But.....what's going to change after 4 seasons? Besides a raise in his 2nd contract.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:43 am

"But.....what's going to change after 4 seasons?"

Agreed: don't look back. He's on the market for a reason.

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:41 am

I agree we should move on if we can find better. Draft high if the draft allows and bring in veteran help as well to give depth ( these guys get injured) and also to start initially potentially.

We don’t know what we can afford in FA at this point, and won’t till more contract moves occur. That will determine when and how varied our options.

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stockholder's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:21 am

They just resigned him. See Told you So- You guys must quit thinking negative!!!!

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:35 am

"With that; how many CBs do you want to Draft? I agree, but......

It's not how many you draft, it's which ones do you draft.

Whose fault is it we spent 1st and 2nd round picks on guys like Josh Jackson, Josh Jones, Damarius Randall, Quinton Rollins, Kevin King?
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That's the last 6 years.
In that time frame our highest rated wide receiver was drafted in the 4th round, he lasted one season and is now retired.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:51 am

"It's not how many you draft, it's which ones do you draft."

I think the braintrust would have to really believe in guys who haven't played very much (Hollman, Ento, Samuels), and one who hasn't been able to carve a regular role on defense (Jackson), to not bring in at least 3 new bodies through FA and the draft. The cupboard at DB is dangerously thin. At this point, it's looking more and more like it's going to fall on the draft to provide most of those guys.

"Whose fault is it we spent 1st and 2nd round picks on guys like Josh Jackson, Josh Jones, Damarius Randall, Quinton Rollins, Kevin King?"

Most of those are on TT...but let's not forget that BG had a prominent place in the room when the call was made.

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:46 am

They did pick up Alexander, but we had a really bad run of seemingly miscast players late in TTs era and released some that we shouldn’t have. The cupboard was a bare as it could be. At this point we urgently need to find a second starter and to refill the room again. That’s on both regimes. Perhaps they see something in the depth, but most looks unimpressive and Ento has significant resilience questions.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:52 am

Good post dobber

Yep...i agree with all of that.

Matter of fact, if you listen to rumors, we're really not sure who was in charge of the draft room the last couple of Ted years.

You brought up competition....i think players (in the past at least) took things for granted too much.
Nobody seemed afraid to lose their job, or get benched over bad play.

Maybe King needed some competition through the years to not feel so "comfortable". That's been proven to impede a players development.

Here what crazy to me....most of us have said that Gute was drafting for the future (which was justified imo.)

But here's the thing....did he not see the future with Kevin ?King two years ago. Enough to bring some competition in i mean.

Was he waiting for that 3rd, 4th year jump?
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Right now, for a guy who plans for the future, he is caught completely naked concerning left cornerback with no apparent plan.
Unless his plan is let King try the market and sign him back on the cheap.(which i think might happen).

The Packers have some history in that strategy. But.....there is a reason you get your own free agents back on the cheap.

But i fail to see where that improves the team.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Chinupnsmile Mr. Thumbs Down....you're hero Kevin King has been resigned.

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stockholder's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:42 am

Keep on going back. Ahmad Carrol, terrel Buckley. Wolf said you build a team with CBs and OTs. We are not rebuilding! So it's not the easiest thing to get. And look at Shields? Some just need time.

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Guam's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:26 am

Whoever the Packers select to fill King's spot, whether draft choice or FA, is going to get picked on because of Jaire on the other side. Barry is going to have to design coverage schemes that roll a safety to the new guy's side on a regular basis. Something Pettine did not appear willing to do.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:37 am

Chandon Sullivan was also exposed in 2020--on significantly increased snaps--as being a mediocre slot corner. However the Packers approach the CB position this off-season, finding someone who can potentially upgrade that slot CB position (either immediately or as a long-term replacement) wouldn't hurt.

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:49 am

Ideally number 2 and 3 with Sullivan at 4, and then an influx behind. Let that be a major focus of competition in camp.

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4thandinches's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:48 am

Whats this about a high water mark with assertive tackling? I thought I saw the HaHa attitude of launch at someone with a shoulder and hope you dont get hurt.

I would take him back on a cheap deal only if the plan was to draft someone who could push him down the depth chart.

Truck springs popping, furniture shopping, Kevin King flopping. We need a new starting corner.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:55 am

Not to mention we could use a slot receiver.

We are slowly going backwards again, like in the later Ted years.

By that i mean....We seem to have more problem area's, than the season before.
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Lol....Launching with a shoulder and no hands at the ankles, or, as i like to call it.....

The T Willy School Of Tackling :)

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Lphill's picture

March 23, 2021 at 08:53 am

Can't draft a rookie and start them opposite Alexander , it will be King or Jackson , so no improvement.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:11 am

I disagree. If you've got a rookie who can compete, you go ahead and play that guy. You don't start a lesser player just because the alternative is a rookie.

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Coldworld's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:51 am

At least not by mid season, but you need 3 corners who can make a decent fist of starting. I’m not even sure Jackson makes the roster at this point, which means plan as if he won’t should be the order of the day unless the team is convinced otherwise ( which seems unlikely).

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Since'61's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:10 am

All of this talk about our desperate cap situation and we would consider spending some of it on King. That's ridiculous. I'd rather take our chances on a rookie CB who we draft in the first or second round. Maybe we hit on another Alexander or close to it, than the our chances with King who we know can't get the job done. BTW, the rest of league knows that King can't get it done after the NFCCG. I don't see any upside to bringing King back. Thanks, Since '61

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:13 am

Agreed. The Packers have already shown they aren't afraid to throw a rookie out there, sometimes unexpectedly, if they're better than a vet. See: Barnes, Krys.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Since'61...

Proving again, he is still the King..no pun intended :)

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dobber's picture

March 24, 2021 at 07:20 pm

It's good to be the king...

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

March 25, 2021 at 01:01 pm

You are quoting the famous "Mel Brooks" in "The History of the World, Part 1"

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dobber's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:14 pm

There's a wholly inappropriate Mel Brooks quote for every situation! :)

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scullyitsme's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:25 am

I could see Sherman as a 1 year rental, but I don’t think he really wants to play in greenbay. He’d have to be on the market for another month and get a little desperate, maybe a 1 year 5 mil plus incentive contract. Don’t see it happening but think it would work if it did.

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dobber's picture

March 23, 2021 at 09:31 am

I have a hunch that if the Packers were in the market for a 1-year guy making upward of $5M, they would've signed that guy already.

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scullyitsme's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:30 pm

I doubt that, the 1 year 5 mil guy is the guy that’s been on the market too long and didn’t get the 10 mil he thought. That’s what the packers are waiting for, whether it happens or not anybody’s guess. Kevin king appears to be that exact guy you said wouldn’t happen. Lol

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dobber's picture

March 24, 2021 at 07:21 pm

Don't come to me for advice on investments, either...

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CAG123's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:09 am

Well you get Kevin King instead

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Roadrunner23's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:05 am

So they just resigned King for 6 million, guess he deserved a raise hahahahahahahaha must have been Pettine’s fault hahahahahaha

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stockholder's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:25 am

Williams got 5 mil. 6 mil. is the market now.

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PF4L's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:19 pm

"Gute has a plan, trust it" - nostradanus

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Since'61's picture

March 23, 2021 at 01:03 pm

Re-signing King is madness to me. Thanks, Since '61

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CAG123's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:12 am

I guess the Packers said “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t”.

I was a defender of KK but I really feel like you can’t be unavailable and inconsistent/just out right bad at times. Now if he had these same injury woes and was out there playing like Charles Woodson or something then I could take that but to always hurt and bad? Nah

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stockholder's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:44 am

See above. Resigned KING!! This was the smart move. Good move Gute!!!

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Razer's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:31 am

The Packers know the score - that is why King hasn't been signed. He'd be a decent depth guy but that is about it. Either we draft another replacement or we buy one. Since we don't have any money, I suspect the draft will see a round 1 or 2 selection. It is unfortunate because pouring capital into the secondary leaves us with ongoing holes at LB and DL. Overall, this has been a scouting/drafting problem.

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PeteK's picture

March 23, 2021 at 11:25 am

A run stuffing NG ( McNeil or Shelvin) will be available in the 3rd round which will do wonders for our D line. CB, T, NG ,LB are coming in the draft.

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Razer's picture

March 23, 2021 at 10:35 am

Wouldn't want to breakup that average defense :o)

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splitpea1's picture

March 23, 2021 at 11:05 am

I told you that's exactly what they would do. But I said "cheap" deal! Maybe the market says otherwise, but I don't think $6 million is cheap for a CB with suspect tackling skills and an injury history. He's still young, so maybe there's hope for improvement....?

By re-signing King, it gives us at least a little more flexibility in the draft--we'll still need to draft a CB high, but now there's a little more wiggle room for BPAs should a good opportunity arise.

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4thandinches's picture

March 23, 2021 at 02:52 pm

I'm right there with you splitpea! I'm going to wait until I see the contract details. It sounds like roster or game day bonuses might be in play. Given KKs availability that might result in a pretty low salary... I am really struggling with how you bring KK back as a starter when your new DC says we're gonna tackle well.

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PeteK's picture

March 23, 2021 at 11:17 am

Obviously, Sherman or Butler were not available for one year 6 mill contracts. So I'm glad we signed King to compete with a good rookie draft pick. If he's the 3rd CB he'll stay healthier with a bit less snaps.You never know, even though the odds are against it, we might get the 2019 version of King.

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greengold's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:06 pm

The Packers were this >II< close... Looking back on the NFC Championship game, the failure was more so in the trenches. OL couldn't block for shit that day, and the DL/LBs offered ZERO pass rush.

I don't care who you are, but if you give Brady all day to throw, any DB can get beat. Nobody was getting home with the pass rush.

Re-signing Kevin King on a one year deal is the smart move. He brings continuity and solid play, run & pass. Can't judge by that one day... With a healthy year, he could see his numbers return to 2019 levels of play, which were great.

They'll add CB via draft.

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Thegravedigger's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:05 am

Yeah. They did get beat in the trenches. But that play before the half was just unacceptable. I dont care what pettine called. King needs to be aware in that situation. And he wasnt. And he will continue to do stupid shit like that.

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Packers0808's picture

March 23, 2021 at 12:06 pm

I am 76 years old and the 6Mil$ would better be spent on me than King! What a horrible mistake to make when you have 10 draft picks. Won't make me not be a Packer for life, [have been since 1958] but really close! Just hate this despicable signing!

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PatrickGB's picture

March 23, 2021 at 03:58 pm

I don’t think that the team had much choice. A one year rental on a player who has nobody else behind him on the roster spot and who had a fair to good 2019 season. My hope is that he returns to form from that season and the team draft his replacement. With all the big contracts coming up next year a one year deal with a player that already knows the system is about all the team could do.

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Thegravedigger's picture

March 25, 2021 at 02:01 am

Were all in here talkin n bitchin bout the signing of kk, which is warranted, but at the end of the day it doesnt matter. They will draft a corner rnd 1. And another in 4 or 5. The real issue is with 12. And gute and his obsession with jordan love. They couldve rolled rodgs money out over the years and created vital cap space. They chose to pay it this year. Yallbetter enjoy 2021. Cus 2022 its rebuild time. Just because of gute and his fucking love affair with this kid. They coulda rolled rodgers money, signed patrick peterson, but no. Its kevin king. And jordan love. Number 12 wins mvp and cant even get extended. Gute, youve made alot of great picks. But you got the mvp under center. Dont get cute. Trade love. Please. But you wont. Cus your so much smarter than everyone else. Gutes ego will be the reason aaron rodgers next superbowl ring will be as a 49er in 2022. They are only bringing king back because they have no space. CONVERT 12s ROSTER BONUS. But no. You couldnt do it gute you smug fuckin prick. So now even if the packers somehow make it to the championship game again, And tb12 looks to the left and sees kevin king and a rookie on godwin and mike evans. He will be lickin his fuckin chops. Salivating. Unless gute brings in Richard Sherman. Or casey heyward. Because if he doesnt he is just setting rodgers up for playoff failure once more. But hey. In gut we trust right?

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Kara985's picture

March 29, 2021 at 06:15 am

Thanks for the post!

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