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Zero2Cool  
#1 Posted : Saturday, March 10, 2018 1:33:19 PM(UTC)
Do you want Johnson?

Peter_Bukowski said:
After trading Damarious Randall, Green Bay desperately needs an influx of talent at cornerback. Could they go the free agent route? With cornerbacks flying around this week, Packers fans didn’t expect Green Bay to be sellers in the market.

Sending Damarious Randall to Cleveland for DeShone Kizer, though, was as much about Randall’s standing in the locker room with fellow players and coaches as it was his talent. ESPN reported a number of veterans wanted Randall cut last season and this trade was the culmination of an early career marred by inconsistency and a lack of discipline from a player undeniably possessing talent.

But Brian Gutekunst reportedly inquired about the recently-released Richard Sherman, and according to Bob McGinn, he will be targeting Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson in free agency.

The 28-year-old Johnson played on the franchise tag in 2017 after a breakout 2015 campaign when he snagged 7 interceptions.

That said, Johnson didn’t play up to that deal and will be looking for a major contract this offseason, somewhere in the $13-15 million range. Are the Packers willing to eat up their entire free agent allotment (at current count) to bring a talented, but inconsistent player?
Green Bay could structure the deal with more money coming in 2019 and 2020 when the Packers should have much more cap space, and restructured contracts could be coming for Randall Cobb and/or Jordy Nelson.

Johnson is the kind of big, physical corner Mike Pettine loves at 6’2 213 pounds, but he ran just 4.61 at the combine and falls under the preferred draft pick threshold for the 3-cone. In fact, his 3-cone time is in just the fifth percentile of corners.

That said, he’s one of the biggest and longest corners in the draft and his ability to lock on and redirect receivers mitigates some of the concerns with his speed. You want someone who has the size and physicality to go toe-to-toe with the Julio Joneses and Alshon Jefferys of the world, it’s someone like Johnson.

If the reports are true and the Packers are in fact interested in Johnson, his athletic profile from the combine may not matter, an insight in itself when it comes to the thinking of this new front office.

Once the Rodgers contract gets done—they’re just waiting on Kirk Cousins—Green Bay could create more space, as could moves with Cobb and Nelson, so inking a deal for Johnson doesn’t have to blow the entire budget. It wouldn’t be that difficult to create enough space to also add another impact defensive player like Muhammad Wilkerson.

Given what Gutekunst said about wanting to be in on every free agent, to be in position to sign them if they so choose, his apparent interest in three of the biggest fishes on the offseason market suggests he’s a man of his word.

The next step will be putting those words on paper with a signature at the bottom.



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nerdmann  
#2 Posted : Saturday, March 10, 2018 1:41:46 PM(UTC)
COmparable to Ladarius Gunter?
beast  
#3 Posted : Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:13:29 PM(UTC)
Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
Do you want Johnson?

I haven't been interested in CB Trumaine Johnson, but that's more because of the money... I thought he might of been one of the most over paid guys and would want to continue to be over paid like that.

But it seems like the Packers are targeting tall CBs, specifically those at least 6'2". I'd also like to look into CB Aaron Colvin about potentially moving to SS/slot CB.
Smokey  
#4 Posted : Saturday, March 10, 2018 6:15:45 PM(UTC)
As comforting as it would be to see Trumaine Johnson playing CB for the Packers, the price that he would command is, IMO, beyond reason. 17+ million or more per year is far to expensive. GB could be driving up his price in an effort to bleed money from another teams cap.

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beast  
#5 Posted : Saturday, March 10, 2018 6:37:25 PM(UTC)
I'm guessing we're going to hear how the Packers might be interested in Colts FA Rashaan Melvin and Giants Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (who they reported want to cut his salary) because they're both 6' 2" CBs as well.
gbguy20  
#6 Posted : Saturday, March 10, 2018 7:02:10 PM(UTC)
No deal if it is close to Sherman money. Fuck these contracts. Mike Evans and Richard Sherman just got stupid money
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