What Packers Fans Are Missing With Kevin King’s Return
Kevin King is back with the Green Bay Packers. You would have thought the State of Wisconsin was changing all their tap beers to Budweiser with the way Packers’ Twitter reacted. Kevin King is not a popular player. Partly, it is due to the NFC Championship Game. He will be forever etched as one of the reasons Green Bay doesn’t have more titles. King joins LaDarius Gunther and Brandon Bostick in that wall of shame. That said, there seems to be something that a lot of fans are missing that is right in front of their face. There is no guarantee that we as much King as we have in the last few years. Let me explain.
First of all, Green Bay will draft a cornerback. In fact, I’m very confident that Green Bay will have a new corner from either the first or second round. That player will immediately get to battle King for the starting spot. I don’t think King is coming back to the Packers and being the all-time starter. For the first time in King’s career, there is some real pressure on him to perform. If the young rookie pushes ahead of King on the depth chart, no one would be surprised.
The second part is what if King ends up losing the job, would Green Bay cut him? It’s very possible. There isn’t much of a cap hit, and if the rookie or rookies show out, then King might be donezo. This is a huge insurance plan for the Packers. They’re making sure that if Green Bay does not get the player they want, King is available to fill in. And if the guy they get might not be there yet as a full-time starter, King is there for a majority of the snaps. It’s not the worst idea when you frame it that way even if King is a below-average cornerback.
It is not the best scenario for Green Bay, but it is one they’ve done in the past.