Since the season ended, cornerback Davon House has gone from a guy pining to return to the Green Bay Packers to a guy who’s going to sign with the first club that guarantees him a starting job.
In other words, he’s had a talk with his agent.
House says his No. 1 priority is finding a starting job when free agency opens.
“I don’t like the role just playing special teams, especially when I know I can contribute. (When) things are going tough out there and I get in the game or momentum swings, I play extremely well against good teams and it sucks that I’m just on special teams,” House said.
“I know I can play. I truly believe the film says I can play in this league. If my film doesn’t show it, I don’t mind playing special teams. But I think my film shows I’m a starter.”
Can House be a starter in the NFL?
Well, for a team like Atlanta or Philadelphia, sure. It’s not clear if the Packers view him as a starter or, more importantly, whether they’d guarantee him a starting job.
House played well in 2014 and he was the Packers’ best weapon against the league’s bigger receivers. However, he got injured like he does pretty much every season and when he returned, House was relegated exclusively to special teams.
That could be a sign that the Packers don’t see House as an important contributor.
House has started 14 games over his four NFL seasons, but every time he appears ready to become a starter or major contributor, he gets derailed by injury.
What will be telling is how hard the Packers pursue re-signing their other free agent cornerback, Tramon Williams. He will be 32 in March, but turned in another solid year for the Packers in 2014.
The market will dictate a lot of what happens here. If a team does jump at House with starter’s money early on, he’s most likely gone. If things aren’t very active, then we can see House returning on a deal that’s favorable to the Packers, similar to how things worked out with Mike Neal last year.
Davon House in Green Bay in 2015 is probably 50/50 at best right now.