1. Bring in Eric Reid
Yes, Eric Reid isn’t an inside linebacker. However, the 26-year-old spent some time inside the box last season with the 49ers.
Reid recorded 52 solo tackles, four defended passes and two interceptions in his 13 games last season as a safety and linebacker.
As he isn’t a linebacker by trade this is where we shake some things up.
Reid would be similar to Josh Jones, or Jones would be similar to Reid, whatever one works for you. Back to the point, Reid brings versatility as a safety that can play linebacker if need be, just like Jones.
The Packers could interchange Jones and Reid at will if they felt that would give the team the best chance to succeed. Plus, the Packers would be able to give the younger linebackers such as Burks and Thomas some reps. Not too many to put pressure on them but enough to where they are able to grow more and more comfortable.
By signing Reid the Packers would kill two birds with one stone. They would add more quality depth to their secondary while also solving their linebacker problem.
I don’t want to spend time speculating on why or how Reid is still on the free agent market. What I do want to push across is that he is a solid young player who is looking for a home. With his versatility and some experience at linebacker, the Packers can give him a home.