The Green Bay Packers have told cornerback Davon House they want him to return in 2015.
The free-agent-to-be has expressed interest in returning to the Packers, but he’s also stated that he wants a starting job. We didn’t necessarily see the Packers guaranteeing a starting spot to a guy who’s never been a full-time starter, but stranger things have happened.
If the Packers do indeed re-sign House, that likely signals the end of the line for Tramon Williams in Green Bay. Williams, who was the Packers’ best corner in 2014, is also a free agent. While he has a much more impressive resume than House and his 14 career starts, Williams is 31 to House’s 25.
In addition to the age factor, House is the Packers’ biggest corner and he was their most successful defensive back against big receivers in 2014.
While Williams hasn’t really shown signs of slowing down, re-signing both guys seems like a luxury the Packers can’t afford. The total price tag could be above $10 million and the Packers already have $9.75 million annually invested in Sam Shields.
It’s projected that House could get $6-7 million on the open market in a weak crop of free agent cornerbacks.
It will be interesting to see which approach the Packers take with contract negotiations. If they allow House to hit the open market, some cornerback-starved team may swoop in and make an offer the Packers don’t want to match.
At the same time, paying someone who’s never been a full-time starter (and who’s injury-prone) $6 million a year doesn’t sound like the greatest idea either.