Packers working to lock up star that isn’t Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams

Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander. (Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander. (Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Packers reportedly have opened talks with cornerback Jaire Alexander over a contract extension to keep him in Green Bay.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams will definitely receive the most attention this offseason as they decide whether to remain with the Packers.

However, there are other star players in Green Bay whose futures could be locked up this offseason.

Over the weekend, the Packers reportedly resumed conversations with Jaire Alexander’s reps about a contract extension.

Packers opened extension talks with Jaire Alexander

“Reps for Jaire Alexander met with the Packers yesterday to talk extension per an honest to goodness source. Nothing imminent, but decent chance something gets done prior to the start of free agency,” Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV tweeted last week.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Networked confirmed the two sides were again discussing “long-term contract negotiations” this week during NFL Combine coverage.

Rapoport put a caveat that the Packers aren’t going to put any contracts in permanent ink until they know what Rodgers is going to do. If he leaves, Green Bay will have to rethink its entire approach to the roster, with more uncertainty and more money available. If he stays, they’ll have to devote a significant bit of cash to him.

Alexander is entering the final year of his rookie contract with $13 million coming his way in 2022. An extension would give the team an opportunity to clear some cap space while keeping a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback in place for years to come.

The only worry is Alexander’s recent injury trouble. He had a shoulder problem limit him to just five games in 2021. Still, that issue doesn’t appear to be a long-term concern and he hasn’t had too many other problems with availability in his career.

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