The Green Bay Packers’ defensive line is one of their weakest position groups. The front office will add talent during the offseason and it may come in the form of Jurrell Casey.
The Green Bay Packers need serious help along the defensive line. Kenny Clark is a consummate professional but there isn’t much talent around him. Kingsley Keke has earned a significant role but he hasn’t yet capitalized on his pass-rushing potential – he’s merely an average performer right now.
Dean Lowry is on everybody’s short-list of potential cap casualties. Montravius Adams has disappointed as a former third-rounder. Tyler Lancaster, a 2018 UDFA, has been a pleasant surprise as a backup nose tackle, though that’s the ceiling for him. Adams and Lancaster are both free agents entering the 2021 offseason. Billy Wynn and Damon Harrison Jr are free agents as well.
Anthony Rush returns in a limited role. Clark, Keke, Lowry, and Rush are the only defensive linemen on contract for the Green Bay Packers that actually played snaps in the 2020 season. That isn’t the most talented group.
Neither the free agent pool nor the 2021 draft class is particularly strong but the front office needs to make an addition to the defensive line. If the Green Bay Packers choose to address the position in free agency, Jurrell Casey should be the target.
After 9 seasons with the Titans, Casey was traded for a 7th round pick to the Broncos as an obvious cap-dump. He played just three games last season but prior to 2020, had missed only 7 games with the Titans.
While in Tennessee, Casey was consistently productive and was selected to five straight Pro Bowls. He only reached double-digit sacks once in his career but recorded over 40 pressures every year from 2013-2019.
Casey has fantastic balance, footwork, and practical strength. He has a stout 6’ 1”, 305-pound frame but has still proven himself to be an explosive pass-rusher. That frame also provides Casey the leverage to defend the run with success. He’s by no means a nose tackle in a 3-man front but can still hold his ground against double-teams.
Jurrell Casey became the seventh player in franchise history to reach 50.0 career sacks. Jevon Kearse is the only other player to do so in the "Titans era" (1999–present).@Jurrellc | #SloMoMonday pic.twitter.com/WFzt3QL60G
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) December 23, 2019
However, Casey is by no means a perfect target. He’s coming off a season-ending biceps tear and is 31 years old. There’s reason to doubt whether or not Casey can rebound. He’s still worth taking a risk on. He has one-year rental written all over him.
Pro Football Focus values Casey at 1 year- $5 million. If the Green Bay Packers can land Casey at that price and he actually performs, that acquisition would be an absolute steal. Jurrell Casey’s outlook is a little murky but the Packers should kick the tires. He may be exactly what the Green Bay Packers need.