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3 Low-Cost Remaining Free Agent Steals the Packers Should Target

Jason Schandl
Low-cost free agent targets for the Green Bay Packers.
Low-cost free agent targets for the Green Bay Packers. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
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Without much cap space, the Green Bay Packers have been all but silent in free agency so far.

This team still has some holes to fill, however, and without any top draft picks, they're going to have to bring in some productive free agents if they want those holes filled for 2021.

Most of the top names are off the market (or out of the Packers' price range), but there are still some great bargains available.

Here are three free agent steals the Packers need to sign.

1. Golden Tate, Wide Receiver

Golden Tate would be a great fit in the Green Bay Packers offense.
Golden Tate would be a great fit in the Green Bay Packers offense. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Packers are obviously set at the WR1 spot with Davante Adams. And between Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, they also have solid No. 2 deep threat options. But they lack a second option in the short passing game. Enter Golden Tate, who thrives underneath. His best years are behind him, but he still ranked No. 7 among wide receivers in yards after catch per reception (5.8) as recently as 2019.

2. Bashaud Breeland, Cornerback

Free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland would be a great signing for the Packers.
Free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland would be a great signing for the Packers. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Re-signing Kevin King doesn't exactly answer the Packers' need at cornerback. Bashaud Breeland has put together an up-and-down career, and his periodic struggles should keep his asking price affordable. The potential is there for the 29-year-old, however. Breeland earned a strong coverage grade of 72.9 from ProFootballFocus in 2020, which blows away the 62.0 that Green Bay's Chandon Sullivan posted, and especially the awful 45.6 grade that King posted last season.

3. Kawann Short, Defensive Tackle

Kawann Short would be a risky signing, but would offer big upside for the Packers.
Kawann Short would be a risky signing, but would offer big upside for the Packers. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Injuries have limited Kawann Short to just five games over the last two seasons. He was one of the league's premier run defenders the last time he was healthy, however, earning a run defense grade of 85.4 from PFF in a 2018 Pro Bowl campaign. There's obviously some risk in bringing in a 32-year-old who hasn't been healthy since 2018, but the Packers need to take some risks given their current cap situation. Green Bay averaged the NFL's 12th-most rushing yards per attempt (4.5) in 2020, and there's not a single defender on the roster who graded out above 75.0 in run defense last year.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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