3 Free Agents the Packers Can Sign With Limited Cap Space

Jason Schandl
Free agent targets the Packers can sign with limited cap space in 2020.
Free agent targets the Packers can sign with limited cap space in 2020. / Harry How/Getty Images
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With NFL free agency rapidly approaching and action already starting during the legal tampering period, some teams are poised to make bigger splashes than others.

Last year's No. 2 seed in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers have a strong roster, but they will be looking to continue making improvements after making a disappointing exit from the postseason. They rank only No. 25 in the NFL in salary cap space, however, so they'll need to be budget-conscious as they shop around.

With that in mind, here are three players the Packers should look to sign with their limited cap space.

3. Tyler Eifert

Tyler Eifert during a 2019 game against the Jaguars.
Tyler Eifert during a 2019 game against the Jaguars. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, the Packers are ready to move on from Jimmy Graham. Jace Sternberger, a 2019 draft pick, could pick up some of the slack, but adding a veteran tight end would still be a wise move. Given this is a weak free agent class at the position with Austin Hooper and Hunter Henry off the market, a low-floor, high-ceiling addition like Tyler Eifert could be interesting. He played only 14 combined games from 2016 to 2018, but he finally stayed healthy for 16 games again in 2019. His efficiency fell way off, but the Cincinnati Bengals weren't exactly a high-powered offense. Eifert peaked with 13 touchdowns back in 2015, and if the 29-year-old can stay on the field, he could benefit from a huge upgrade at QB.

2. Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess during a 2019 game with the Colts.
Devin Funchess during a 2019 game with the Colts. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Packers lack wide receiver depth behind Davante Adams, and he was their only player to eclipse even 500 receiving yards in 2019. Devin Funchess missed most of 2019 due to injury, getting in just one game of action for the Indianapolis Colts. This could drive his asking price down, but at 25 years old with over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns to his name, Funchess could bring some value giving the Packers a perimeter threat opposite Adams.

1. Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith celebrates during a game against the Bears.
Jimmy Smith celebrates during a game against the Bears. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Tramon Williams is 37 years old and Kevin King gave up over 10 yards per target in coverage last year, so the Packers could use some help in the secondary. Jimmy Smith may come at a discount since injuries have limited him to 12 games or fewer in each of the last four seasons, but he's got some nice upside if he's healthy. He was targeted 50 times in coverage in 2019, holding opposing passers to a 67.8 quarterback rating and 6.6 yards per target on those throws. Those are terrific marks, and Smith can be a real difference-maker in the GB secondary.


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