Let’s see if Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has been paying attention. If he has, he will know that Dez Bryant is not the only interesting name out there that just became available.
Here’s a look at three players who just became unrestricted free agents over the last two days that could help the Packers.
The Green Bay Packers could use some reinforcements on the edge. Well, here’s an option. McCain had his restricted free agent tender rescinded by the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. That means McCain is now unrestricted and can sign anywhere. The team that signs McCain will owe the Chargers no compensation.
McCain is a former undrafted free agent from Cal. He spent 2014 and 2015 with Miami, 2016 with New Orleans and played last year with Los Angeles. In 15 games played (no starts), McCain put up 20 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles.
While not necessarily a star in the making, McCain could be a solid rotational guy for a team in need of pass rush, like the Packers.
Okay, we’ll say right off, this signing isn’t very likely. Worley was arrested in Philadelphia on Sunday morning and subsequently released by the Eagles. He has been charged with DUI, firearms not to be carried without a license, carrying firearms in public in Philadelphia, possession of an instrument of crime, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct/engaging in fighting.
So first of all, you know the guy is getting a suspension from the NFL, so he won’t be able to play right away. Second of all, the Packers probably wouldn’t sign a guy who just got arrested. Then again, they kept Letroy Guion around all that time, didn’t they?
Let’s look at this from a football perspective for a moment. Worley is a cornerback. There probably isn’t an NFL team that needs cornerbacks more than the Packers, right now. Worley came to Philadelphia from Carolina in a trade for receiver Torrey Smith. He’s only been in the league two years and will be just 23 this year. He’s started a total of 25 games on the outside during that time.
Last year, he had 64 tackles and two interceptions. Everyone makes mistakes. Guys who can play football usually get a second chance.
I am fine with the Green Bay Packers’ backfield depth. Some people don’t seem to be. For those people, I’ll throw in former Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson.
Anderson was released by the Broncos on Monday. If the Packers wanted to add a veteran presence to what is a very young running back group, here he is.
Anderson ran for 1,007 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and has a career average of 4.4 yards per carry. He also can catch the ball as evidenced by his 103 career receptions.
Your move, Gutes.