The Second Tier
We suspect the Packers will try to re-sign these players, although they won’t be top priority.
4. Micah Hyde, defensive back
This is a tough call. We really like Micah Hyde for the simple fact that he does his job. The Packers have loads of defensive backs on the roster, but Hyde is one of two of them you can say that about (the other being Morgan Burnett, if you were wondering). The problem with Hyde is he isn’t the fastest or most athletic guy. The real question mark here is, how many frickin’ defensive backs do you need? Hyde is technically a safety and there are four other safeties already on the roster, three of which are playing on rookie deals. The positive in our eyes, is the competition for Hyde probably won’t be that strong. The Packers likely value him more than any other team would. That should make for reunion where Hyde gets a modest bump in salary and the Packers get a cap-friendly deal (and a DB with some damn fundamentals).
3. Eddie Lacy, running back
This one seems simple, although we doubt the Packers will make it so. Lacy averaged 5.1 yards per carry before going down with an ankle injury that cost him the season. There are constant issues with his weight. Those two things are going to do him zero favors on the free agent market. Another team would be out of their mind to throw any semblance of big money at Lacy. With only Ty Montgomery at running back currently, the Packers have a need. We see Lacy coming back on the sort of prove-it deal the Packers gave to Cook last offseason. He’ll make a nice 1-2 punch with Montgomery.