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The Packers Should Trade For Derwin James

The Packers needed to replace both of their starting safeties this offseason. They lost five-year starter Darnell Savage to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. They also lost Jonathan Owens to the rival Chicago Bears on a two-year deal. Even Rudy Ford is looking for a new team this offseason.

Now, the Packers did make a splash signing by inking ascending free safety Xavier McKinney to a four-year deal. So they have one starter down and are looking for another. They could still look to sign a free agent. After all, a four-time All-Pro in Justin Simmons is still searching for a team. Or, they could draft a talented prospect. But with their stash of top-100 draft picks, they could trade for a good veteran. Perhaps that player is Chargers All-Pro safety Derwin James?


Why Trade For James?

For starters, he is one of the most complete backend defenders in the NFL. The three-time All-Pro tackles like a linebacker and defends the air like a shutdown cornerback. He has recorded 100 or more tackles in four of his first six NFL seasons. He also has 32 career pass deflections and 8 interceptions. His ability to sack the quarterback should also be noted (11.5 career sacks, along with 35 career quarterback pressures). Simply put, the former Florida State star is one of the best safeties in the league.


What A Trade Could Look Like

Again, James is an elite player. The fact that he is only 27 is also key too. He is in his prime and looking to be an integral part of Jim Harbaugh’s defense. But if the Packers sent the Chargers their 25th overall pick and possibly a late-round pick, Los Angeles would have to consider that idea.

Adding Derwin James to a defense with Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Kenny Clark, Quay Walker, Jaire Alexander, and Xavier McKinney would be special. They would have one of the best pass defenses in football and would be feared by everyone.


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