The Green Bay Packers are, as general manager Brian Gutekunst promised, not done looking at free agent cornerbacks. They’re obviously not going to get a No. 1 at this point, but there are still decent options (and upgrades) for their depleted secondary available. One of those is Rashaan Melvin, who played the past two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
They will, of course, have competition from a familiar team.
Packers and Raiders have expressed interest in signing free-agent CB Rashaan Melvin.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2018
Like the Packers, the Raiders have seemingly been connected to every free agent cornerback since free agency began.
Melvin started 10 games for the Colts in 2017 before injuring his hand and finishing the year on injured reserve. Melvin recorded 36 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes defended. However, two of his picks came off of now Packers backup quarterback DeShone Kizer, who led the league in said category.
Melvin didn’t have an interception in any of his previous four years in the league, when he was only a part-time starter and/or bit player.
He was graded out at 85.7 by Pro Football Focus in 2017, however. That’s an outstanding grade. Melvin would appear to be a player on the ascent, despite his history prior to 2017. And unlike Trumaine Johnson, who got $15 million annually from the Jets, Melvin is also a guy the Packers can probably afford.