It might not be the biggest splash in free agency for the defensive side of the ball, but it was a necessary move for the Packers on Monday afternoon.
The Green Bay Packers made a quiet free agency signing on Monday as they have signed one of their own back for the 2017 season. Linebacker Jayrone Elliott has signed a one-year contract yesterday.
Elliott is purely a signing for depth purposes, but a needed one at that. In three seasons with the Packers, Elliott has played in 38 games while registering 57 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble, an interception, and a pair of pass defensed. His best season as a pro was during the 2015 season when he had three of his sacks, his interception, and his forced fumble.
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) March 14, 2017
Great meetings with some historic organizations especially meeting Mike Tomlin and Joey Porter… but Green Bay is home! 🙏🏽🙌🏾
— Jayrone Elliott (@Jay_Elliott15) March 14, 2017
At 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, Elliott has good size for an outside linebacker. He will look to carry the same role in 2017 as he has had during his three-year career. With that said, look for Elliott to have a bigger role on defense as a role playing backup, he will likely get more involved in the pass rush with his potential he carries.
With the Packers needing help on the defensive side of the ball, look for them to use many of their draft picks in this upcoming draft on that side of the ball. Secondary is their biggest area of concern, but the team will also be in the hunt for a linebacker or two as well. This draft is loaded at those positions so hopefully the front office can do their due diligence in scouting and make the right moves to help this team get back to the Super Bowl.
Congrats on another year Jayrone, let’s get back to work!