When the Green Bay Packers let safety Morgan Burnett sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers without so much as offering him a contract, we assumed they were content to turn his spot over to Josh Jones.
And perhaps they’ll live with that if they have to. However, Jason La Canfora says the Packers are one of four teams sniffing around the available free agent safeties.
To date, safety has probably been the least trafficked position in free agency.
Thus far, only Kurt Coleman, Burnett and Tyrann Mathieu are the only safeties to find a team. Mathieu got only a one-year deal. Both he and Coleman were released by their former teams.
“We’re barely even getting phone calls, and we’re not the only ones,” said one agent who is involved in the safety market. “You can’t even get (BS) offers. We’re literally getting nothing. I’m not even talking one year, $3 million. Nothing. And it’s not just us.”
It now appears the Packers could get a replacement for Burnett that isn’t Jones for next to nothing. One name that has been mentioned quite a bit is Eric Reid, who played for the San Francisco 49ers the past four years. He was a Pro Bowler as a rookie and is considered one of the top safeties in the league.
So why doesn’t anyone want to sign him? Because he sat for the national anthem with Colin Kaepernick. Can we now safely say these guys are being blackballed?
Kenny Vaccaro, Tre Boston and Ron Parker are also decent players that are available. La Canfora suggests the reason none of these guys are off the market is because Reid isn’t signed.
So what do you say Packers? Want to break the logjam?