Green Bay Packers Linked To Star Lions’ Defender In Free Agency

C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Green Bay Packers
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The Green Bay Packers are going to be a very interesting team to keep an eye on this offseason. After a shockingly successful 2023 campaign behind the stellar play of quarterback Jordan Love, Brian Gutekunst and the front office are likely going to be aggressive as they look to build a Super Bowl contender.

One major position of need this offseason will be the safety position. The Packers would love to upgrade at the position and there are plenty of avenues to do that.

ESPN has revealed one potential way that the Packers could take a step forward defensively. They believe that Green Bay will move on from Darnell Savage Jr. and replace him with a veteran free agent. One name that they dropped was Detroit Lions’ star C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

“The Packers will allow Savage to leave in free agency, replacing him with another veteran free agent safety such as Jordan Whitehead or C.J. Gardner-Johnson.”

Gardner-Johnson would certainly be an intriguing addition for the Packers. While he is a bit of a polarizing figure, there is no denying his talent on the field.

During the 2023 season with the Lions, Gardner-Johnson ended up recording 17 total tackles to go along with an interception and three defended passes in just three games. Last year, he racked up six interceptions with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Over the last few years, the Green Bay Packers have lacked playmaking in their defensive secondary. This is the kind of move that could help add that missing element.

It will be intriguing to see who Matt LaFleur and the Packers hire to be their new defensive coordinator. There are quite a few good candidates who have been linked to the job.

Whoever ends up getting the job would likely love to have a piece like Gardner-Johnson on the field. If he can keep his antics under control, his play on the field would absolutely be a massive upgrade for the Packers.

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