Why the Packers Should Trade for Budda Baker

As far as free agency goes, the Packers aren’t a team that are known to make big splashes in the contract department. They are, however, a team that makes big trades whenever they do, like the Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams trades from the past 2 off seasons. A third trade should be in the making, one that involves the Packers bringing in star safety Budda Baker.

As of right now, the Packers starting strong safety is Tarvarius Moore while former starting strong safety Adrian Amos is sitting in free agency. Since joining the Packers in 2019, Amos has been a solid contributor, posting on average 91 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions per year. While he did post his first 100 tackles season with 102 this past season, his coverage skills left a lot to be desired.

Buddha Baker is only 27 and entering what appears to be the prime of his NFL career. Notching a few all pros and pro bowls, in the past few seasons, A change of scenery in Green Bay could be nice for him. Pairing him in a CB and S room with Darnell Savage could also help Savage take a jump this upcoming season, while also allowing for him to mesh with Rasual Dougles and Jaire Alexander and help the mentoring of Eric Stokes.

This draft class is said to have historically weak safeties, and the Packers could take some of the picks received in the Jets trade to make a splash on Budda. Budda’s impact would immediately be felt, and would allow for Green Bay to essentially create a no fly zone for opposing quarterbacks, while pairing it with the already great front 7. This move for Budda would have the Packers back in playoff contention earlier then they might have expected, and would certainly help them look to take what is a weak class of QBs in the NFC.

The only real problem could come down to money, but it appears that the Packers will be shedding a lot of money with the Rodgers to the Jets deal, so there could be a lot freed up there. The Packers pass defense gave up the 6th lowest passing yards per game last season at 197, and adding Baker would only help improve that rank. 
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