The 2023 NFL offseason is drawing closer by the day, so it’s time to evaluate depth charts and determine what path these teams should take to build out their rosters for the future. One key player for the Green Bay Packers is S Adrian Amos — we’ll review his contract and 2023 market value. Should they re-sign him or let him walk in free agency?
Adrian Amos’ Past Production
Amos entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 2015 and eventually made his way into a starting role for a dominant defense. While he never necessarily played at an All-Pro level during his time in Chicago, he was a rock-solid option on the back end.
He eventually signed a lucrative deal with Green Bay in free agency in 2019, and he has been a starter in the secondary for them since that point. He’s been a solid leader in the secondary for them and had three straight seasons of at least two interceptions and eight passes defended.
However, this past season the production has taken a bit of a drop-off for Amos in this Green Bay defense. A large portion to blame can be the overall state of the team and how much pressure is being put on their secondary game in and game out.
However, Amos has played in 13 games up to this point and has yet to record an interception, and has just two passes defended over the course of the season. With that being said, he does have 75 combined tackles on the season currently and has logged five tackles for loss.
The dip in production, combined with his age of 29 years, certainly doesn’t bode well, though, for Amos’ prospects of finding another lucrative deal in free agency in 2023.
Adrian Amos’ Contract and Market Value
Amos is at the end of his four-year contract with the Packers that totaled $36 million. He is slated to be an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
Per Spotrac, Amos has a projected market value of a three-year deal worth $20 million. This breaks down to an average annual salary of $6.8 million.
The Green Bay Packers’ Depth Chart
The Packers have been traditionally deploying Amos as a movable chess piece on the defense. While he doesn’t play in the slot a ton, he’s consistently splitting time between playing in the box or over the top at Free Safety.
Alongside him on the depth chart are Rudy Ford and Darnell Savage. Savage is under contract through 2023, but Ford is playing on just a one-year deal for the Packers. If the Packers are not comfortable paying Amos his projected salary next season, they’ll potentially need to bring back Ford and move him — or Savage — to strong safety.
Tariq Carpenter is the primary backup to Amos, but he has only played one single snap on defense in his NFL career up to this point. Trusting him to replace Amos’ steady presence in the secondary seems too risky of a move.
Unfortunately for Amos, the Packers have just a projected $4 million of cap space this next season, and they have several key free agents that they’ll need to make decisions on over the next several months.
Do the Packers view a safety that’s nearing 30 years old — that is arguably in the midst of his worst season from a production standpoint — an asset that they have to bring back? The answer to that question is likely a “no.”
Unless Amos is willing to take much less than his projected market value to remain with the Packers, it’s highly likely that we see the veteran safety playing for another franchise in 2023.