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Packers Need To Sign Jerome Baker

The Green Bay Packers now need some help in the middle of their defense. This is now the case after the team cut ties with former All-Pro linebacker De’Vondre Campbell prior to the start of free agency. With only Quay Walker and Isaiah McDuffie as the only formidable linebackers on the roster, the Packers need another piece.

This is where a free agent like Jerome Baker could help. The 27-year-old spent the first six seasons of his career in Miami and is now looking for a new team. Green Bay needs to be aggressive and add the former Buckeye to their defense. Here is why the move would make sense:


Baker Could Add A New Element To Green Bay’s Defense

After getting drafted in the third round back in 2018 by the Dolphins out of Ohio State, Baker has turned in six very solid years in Miami. He has eclipsed 100 or more tackles three times and 46 career quarterback hits. But what might be his most unique trait is his coverage ability. As an inside linebacker, he has recorded 21 career pass deflections and five career interceptions. That is not normal. Baker stands at 6-2 and weighs 225 pounds. He is a smaller linebacker, which allows him to be an extra asset in the defensive pass game.


Where He’s Fit In Green Bay

With Quay Walker pouring in nearly 240 tackles total over the last two seasons and Isaiah McDuffie having a career year last season in nearly every major category, new defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley is missing just one more key linebacker. With Baker’s pass coverage skills and sideline-to-sideline speed, he would be the perfect complimentary linebacker.

He wasn’t at Ohio State with Hafley, who was the co-defensive coordinator in 2019, but they do share that connection of playing and coaching around the same people. Additionally, he spent time in Miami with current Packers linebackers coach Anthony Campanile. Those connections matter.

With Baker currently taking free agent visits, Green Bay should act quickly. Get him in the building and sign him to a multi-year deal now. His versatility could turn this unit into an elite group.


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