We expected the deal to happen last week when cornerback Davon House came to Green Bay. It took a little longer than expected, but the Packers have re-signed Davon House again.
This will be House’s third tour of duty with the Packers. He also signed a modest one-year deal to return to the team that drafted him, last year. House was likely looking for something longer than one year, this year. However, his play in 2017 didn’t really warrant that. Considering it’s mid-April and he hadn’t received interest or an offer from another team, House wasn’t in a position of negotiating power.
House missed four games in 2017 and played injured in several others. He finished with 44 tackles, a sack, an interception and defended just six passes.
Conventional wisdom says if House can stay healthy, he can be a solid if unspectacular contributor. But can he stay healthy? That’s pretty much the question with anyone who plays corner for the Packers.
As it stands right now, we would expect the Packers’ opening-day starters at cornerback to be House, Kevin King and Tramon Williams.
We also highly doubt the Packers are done adding cornerbacks. They are said to be interested in free agent Bashaud Breeland as soon as he can pass a physical. The former Redskin signed with the Carolina Panthers shortly after free agency began. They then voided the deal when Breeland failed his physical with a foot injury. The Packers were interested then and should be interested now.
Then there’s the draft, which appears top-heavy with defensive backs. The Packers will consider the position with the No. 14 overall pick.
If they pick a corner with their first-round pick, it would surprise no one. However, by loading up on cornerbacks now, the Packers can go best available in the first round. Maybe that’s an edge rusher. Maybe it’s a receiver. Maybe it’s offensive line. Maybe it’s safety.
As I’ve said before, put as many bodies at the cornerback position as possible going into training camp. The cream will rise to the top. Bring me Breeland. Throw in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Hell, go get Darrelle Revis. Draft two guys.
We’ll get this thing figured out yet!