As Packers’ fans are very well-aware, the Green Bay defense is going to look very different next year. Gone is Mike Pettine. In is Joe Berry. However, another key “loss” is that of starting cornerback Kevin King.
Kevin King will forever be remembered as the guy the Packers chose to draft over Wisconsin-favorite TJ Watt. This could have been forgotten if he had lived up to his potential. He, however, did not.
King struggled to stay healthy, and when he was healthy he was a liability. Famously, Tom Brady picked on King all game long in the NFC Championship. King was the defender who gave up the Bucs’ long touchdown to end the first half, crushing the Packers’ spirit.https://anchor.fm/gorunaroute/episodes/The-Third-Episode-epoqaq
Out with the Old, In with the New
Kevin King is a free agent now that the season is over. When considering which of their own free agents to retain, King’s name was never brought up (unless to say “Definitely not”).
With King all but gone, the Packers are in need of a new starting cornerback opposite Pro Bowler Jaire Alexander. It was recently reported that eight-time Pro Bowl and three-time All Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson will be leaving Arizona. That is the guy the Packers should go get.
Why Patrick Peterson?
All of Patrick Peterson’s Pro Bowls and All Pros came in his first eight seasons. In the last two seasons, he has not been as effective a player.
The situation is reminiscent of Charles Woodson when he departed Oakland for Green Bay. A change of scenery did him wonders. Woodson resurrected his career, making Pro Bowls and All Pros, and even Defensive Player of the Year. Recently, he was informed he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Now, Patrick Peterson likely will not be the next Charles Woodson. However, he is an immediate upgrade over Kevin King. Additionally, he would be joining an excellent secondary. In addition to Alexander, the Packers boast two of the best safeties in the NFL in Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage.
Why Wouldn’t It Happen?
As is the case with many teams, the Packers have salary cap issues going into 2021. However, after offering Aaron Jones top-five money for a running back (which he turned down), it is clear they have a handle on what they want to do and how to get it done financially.
There is really no reason not to make this happen. Go get him, Packers!