Adrian Amos Doesn’t Fit the Bill for a Cap Casualty

Don't expect Adrian Amos to be a cap casualty this offseason.

Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos was rock solid in 2020, which is why it is so baffling when people talk about him as a possible cap casualty.

There is ongoing speculation that the 2021 salary cap will go down- something that hasn’t happened since 2011, the year of the NFL lockout. The Packers are going to have to navigate this, and that may require some tough decisions.

“I’m expecting it to go down,” said Brian Gutekunst.

Gutekunst also called it a “unique challenge that the entire league is facing,” reminding others that Green Bay isn’t the only team dealing with a diminishing salary cap. Gutekunst has never dealt with a lowered salary cap since he assumed the role of general manager in 2018. However, much like his predecessor, Ted Thompson, Gutekunst still wants to be able to field a winning football team.   

“I think the whole focus will be how we put the best football team out on the field come 2021.”

In order to maximize on this offseason, the Packers may have to make some tough decisions. It’s certainly possible to see them parting ways with players like Preston Smith, Dean Lowry, Christian Kirksey, or Rick Wagner. This would save them money, but Amos doesn’t fit the description of players it would make sense to move on from.

Looking back, Amos didn’t have a great start to this past season. He was guilty of some missed tackles and was also caught out of position in coverage a few times. However, much like the entire defense did as the season progressed, Amos rebounded.

Together, he and Darnell Savage were one of the best safety tandems in the NFL during the second half of the season. Amos’ consistency allowed the Packers to creatively implement the ever so versatile Savage.

Meanwhile, Amos was making plays of his own. He made an important interception in the Jacksonville Jaguars game in week 10 and another in week 17 against his former team, the Chicago Bears. After many questioned his ball skills after leaving Chicago, Amos also managed to have three pass breakups against the Carolina Panthers. He finished the year tying his career-high of nine pass breakups.

Amos continued his hot streak into the playoffs when he picked off Tom Brady in the NFC Championship Game. Green Bay may have never come as close as they did to winning if not for Amos’ takeaway to ignite a comeback.

If the Packers did choose to part ways with Amos this offseason, they would save upwards of $7 million towards the cap. However, that may actually cause more problems than it solves. Amos has been a clear upgrade over the likes of HaHa Clinton-Dix and Kentrell Brice, and Green Bay signed him for a good price back in 2019. He’s not even making top-10 money for safeties in terms of average annual salary.

It would also be a questionable move because they have two young studs in their secondary in Savage and Jaire Alexander, but not another starting quality safety waiting in the wings. The Packers are already tasked with finding a corner to start opposite of Alexander if they decide not to re-sign Kevin King. Heading into an offseason needing two new starters in the secondary would be a lot to ask.

According to overthecap, Amos has two years left on his current deal. If Green Bay wants to free up some immediate space, they have the opportunity to ask players to restructure. Even though it is against company policy, Gutekunst is open to back-loading money on to future salary caps.

“We’re going to have to do that this year for sure,” he said. “If there’s an opportunity to take some risks to help us win now, we’re in that mode.”

Letting go of Amos is probably not one of the risks Gutekunst was referring to, especially if they are in win-now mode. Amos has been everything Green Bay could have asked for and more since he signed two years ago. Of course, they could ask him to restructure, but he has the option to decline and that would only add to a future cap problem.

Because of how important Amos has been to this defense over the last two seasons, I would expect him to return in 2021, be it on a newly extended deal or his current one.

 

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

February 03, 2021 at 12:13 pm

It's a little shocking we would even have this conversation...

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flackcatcher's picture

February 03, 2021 at 02:29 pm

I agree in light of Gutekunst's presser. Two important points. 1) Gutekunst made it clear that the organization is all in next season. Which means pushing the Cap hit farther out rather than taking the hit next season. For this organization, it's a huge step, something they have never done in either Wolf or the Thompson eras. 2) Look for a lot of very short term contracts (1year with team option for the 2 year for example) for FA like Lindsey. That raises the odds of P. Smith coming back, and no restructuring of Z. Smith contract or Amos contract for that matter. The front office believes in this roster for the coming season. Which means the bill comes due for the Packers in 2022-2023. Which makes the upcoming draft one of the most important in Packer History. (Not including Rodgers-Lafleur here, which is another whole series of decisions Gutekunst as VP of football operations must make after this season. No pressure, no pressure at all...)

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CoachDino's picture

February 03, 2021 at 03:09 pm

Sir Flack - have you seen the cap? They did go all in and have pushed "farther out" that's why the have the 5th worst cap position. The whole not going all in narrative is bulluck, don't take my word for it, look at the facts.

please name the draft picks that helped KC, Tampa, Rams, Bills, NO etc get over the hump or in KC's case help them get back? It's another narrative that doesn't hold water.

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flackcatcher's picture

February 03, 2021 at 03:52 pm

Packers have always front loaded their contracts, more so under Thompson and now with Gutekunst. Most of those contracts are coming due next year. But they have already been paid out. So I take Gutekunst at his word on this. Short view: Packers decide to have a fire sale sometime after 2023 to get out under the Cap. So the hit will be painful, but brief. That makes this upcoming draft even more important in rebuilding the base lost with the early letting go of core players. Of course there are X-factors the Packers are dealing with, that we as fans have no knowledge about. In this league teams build from the draft. There is no other way to be successful in the long term. And don't get me started on revenue streams and the league...

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

February 04, 2021 at 06:34 am

I drew the opposite conclusion after listening to his presser intently, and then listening to it in its entirety a second time.

Doesn't mean I'm right and you're wrong, just different takes on the same words. Could be a bias going in.

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flackcatcher's picture

February 04, 2021 at 05:34 pm

I actually went back and forth on this. Gute has never lied in his end of year pressers, but the Cap number is what it is. It's going down and that's not going away. So, what do Gute and Russ know that the rest of us don't. Since it is at the end of their three-year roster cycle, one final shot and then a massive rebuild. The Cap leaves no other way out other than a draft and rebuild. The only way the Packers avoid that fate is a mass Cap rebound in the 100 million dollar range. Even for the NFL that's fantasy football stuff.

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ScottW's picture

February 03, 2021 at 12:30 pm

I would like to extend Amos more than anything. He’s a solid player.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

February 03, 2021 at 01:28 pm

Agreed. They could add a year or two to his existing deal and convert this year's salary to a signing bonus, and then bump up years 2-3 in salary (if it turns into a 4 year deal).

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

February 04, 2021 at 06:36 am

He wouldn't accept one year. Maybe 2? He turns 28 in April, so his 2023 year he'd be 30 and the second year of an extension he'd be 31. Hmmm

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marpag1's picture

February 03, 2021 at 12:38 pm

I've never heard anyone suggest that Amos should be cut. Not anyone....

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cuervo's picture

February 03, 2021 at 01:03 pm

I hear ya, this article is the first time I have ever heard anyone mention his name as a potential cap casualty....nothing to see here.

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CheesyTex's picture

February 03, 2021 at 03:12 pm

Seems like it fits in the "something to talk about during the dead space until 2021 Draft" category.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

February 03, 2021 at 11:19 pm

You'd think we could talk about DC then.

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Lphill's picture

February 03, 2021 at 01:41 pm

Does it matter keeping Amos? word today is the Packers are leaning towards Jerry Gray for DC, promoting from within , special teams and defense more of the same.

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flackcatcher's picture

February 03, 2021 at 02:03 pm

That's pretty logical, given how late in the process the decision on Pettine was. Does not reflect well on Lafleur at all.

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flackcatcher's picture

February 03, 2021 at 02:42 pm

Look, for some you who don't understand what's going on here. Lafleur is in the final year of his contract. There is no way he can offer job security to any outside hire. That leaves the options very slim for him. Jerry Gary is the logical choice given the window that Lafleur has in Green Bay. Firing or letting go (depending on which version you believe) of Pettine so late in the process put the organization in a bind. Don't think for one second that Gute is happy about how this went down. He, after all will decide Lafleur's future in Green Bay.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

February 03, 2021 at 03:02 pm

That is a way to look at it, but absent a major regression from the Packers this year with Rodgers under center I would consider MLFs job pretty safe. He has installed a winning culture again in GB and you can tell the players WANT to play well for him.

His biggest challenge is that he has a clear vision for the offense, which was reflected in BG's personnel decisions, and it may not be the same offense his highly paid MVP QB wants to run. I don't out that much stock in the TJ Lang comments. There's always gonna be friction - there is at any job, but these guys are professionals who know if they keep swinging their d#$&s around at the office they're gonna be out looking for work with a scarlet letter on their chest.

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CoachDino's picture

February 03, 2021 at 03:20 pm

Good point.

Same could of been said for the DC. He did nothing but put up wins and top 10 defenses.
It wasn't the DC that caused King to have his worst game with Sullivan nor far behind.

DC wasn't the issue, the lack of Jackson and other personnel moves not working out and forcing king to be the starter when he has been going downhill. maybe injuries, age the why I don't know but add the mental errors to the physical decline and the packers needed another option and just didn't have it. The credit also goes to Brady for having the talent to expose the weaknesses for all they were worth.

It's not an excuse to chalk up this loss to king, sullivan and Offensive line injuries. Nothing is more frustrating when trying to run an operation than when emotional evaluation retards optimal improvement.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

February 03, 2021 at 04:32 pm

It was assumed in 2019 that Pettine would be gone so MLF could hand pick his coordinator. The issues brought up in MLFs presser with DBs playing too far off their man, etc. are not new issues.

Just because Pettine didn't get fired doesn't mean he should have assumed his job was safe. We don't know how often those conversations happened in practice, film review, etc.

This feels a lot like a case of "we know where the issues are. I've asked you to fix them, and if you're not gonna I'm going to find someone who will."

It's 2 years in. MLF clearly wanted to out his stamp on his offense first. Now it's time to put his stamp on the whole team. It's possible you could even see him giving up some game time responsibilities offensively so he has more of a focus on what is going on with defense/ST in-game.

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flackcatcher's picture

February 04, 2021 at 06:15 pm

Coach Dino point still holds. One cannot act like a spoiled prissy brat in public, and think that does not get back to management. Oh, and not taking responsibility for costing your team a touchdown will not endear oneself to the boss. And that's what Lafleur has done for the past two seasons in his pressers. The constant backbiting at Pettine was foolish and stupid. And not fixing who controls the sideline sits directly on Lafleur, no one else. Do not think that Gutekunst has not noted these and more problems in house.

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CoachDino's picture

February 05, 2021 at 04:16 pm

I agree that MLF wanted his own guy, makes sense.

Who are the players not pressing on the line? Jaire? Its King and King would of been benched if there's someone better. Not pressing at the line is the least of the defensive issues and had zero to do with any loses.

Johnny Gray was brought in to be groomed to take over for pettine. Its MLF's team and he has every right to choose. I just never saw where pettine was the issue and changing the DC is going to make a big difference. It has obviously been the players not the scheme. These players were young and undisciplined, they blew a ton of assignments from the DL through edge, ILB to safety.

The improvement over time is mainly based on fixing that. Then MP showed he could scheme specific to stop the run if need be.

Not one of the candidates out there "on paper" look better than Pettine or have accomplished as much. I'm not taking Wade Phillips seriously.

MLF has every right to get a guy he feels comfortable with in there, I just think it's a false narrative by whomever to say Pettine was a problem. he was just an easy target for the less knowledgeable. Who cares if you play off if in the end they don't score. Who cares if you play soft to milk the clock when you have big leads late in the game, every one does it, it's a proven tactic. To me it was just a bunch of fantasy football guys trying to equate winning in their league and winning in the real thing. they are not the same.

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jannes bjornson's picture

February 03, 2021 at 09:46 pm

LaFleur will be extended in a couple of weeks, or sooner.

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Coldworld's picture

February 03, 2021 at 05:29 pm

There is plenty of talent out there still, otherwise, I agree with you, promoting from within the lamentable ST group made even less sense on paper, but together it doesn’t scream ambition to be innovative or aggressive,

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jannes bjornson's picture

February 03, 2021 at 09:52 pm

The kid may surprise some people for the special teams, Menenga didn't know the pro game. There are quite a few DC candidates still swimming around in the pool. LaFleur has to get His guy. Packertown got in the way a bit
with Pettine since he was on contract and they were still paying McCarthy and crew to stay away.

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ShawnO's picture

February 03, 2021 at 03:19 pm

Someone should ask Gute what he thinks about rookies picked in the first few rounds, making major contributions to the success of the two teams in the SB.

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CoachDino's picture

February 03, 2021 at 03:43 pm

Wirf was the only one for TB. He was the #1 OT in the Draft. Winfield didn't play and tyler had 1 catch. Vaughn? The drafted out of the 13 hole vs the Packers being in the 30th.

Not sure who on KC Clyde had 2 games over 100 yds and nothing against the Bills.
Willie Gay?

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February 03, 2021 at 03:27 pm

What kind of an organization signs a free agent for four years and then creates dead money by changing direction after two?

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stockholder's picture

February 03, 2021 at 04:09 pm

One that has A Gm that doesn't know what he's doing. Pay attention to the names from last year. Not just who he signed, but who he drafted. If he stands behind his drafts. We have 2 Cbs that should have pushed King. And can replace him. More saved.

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Packers0808's picture

February 03, 2021 at 05:31 pm

Amos a like Rodgers will be going nowhere!

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ImaPayne's picture

February 03, 2021 at 06:50 pm

I think your description of his play is bloated. he was often out of place, is slow for a safety and would be second string anywhere else.

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JQ's picture

February 04, 2021 at 09:11 am

Come on Man! Your Header and sub are fine, but then came your lead:

"Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos was rock solid in 2020, which is why it is so baffling when people talk about him as a possible cap casualty."

You spun that lead out of whole cloth Brandon, by completely misrepresenting Reischel's notion that Adrian Amos will NOT be a cap casualty. You’ve got to know you’re going to draw fire when you post that kind of unsubstantiated tripe!

As another post stated, "Nothing to see here."

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PhantomII's picture

February 03, 2021 at 09:07 pm

Amos was not playing particularly well earlier this season. I believe he started really playing well just before Savage light came on and they were very good on the field together. When he wasn't playing great I thought he may not make it to next season but he really picked it up last 5-7 games. He's definitely not the one I would choose to lower the cap hit with. It is hard as we have a huge need for CB and I think we should pick up a good FA to replace King with. Before Covid cap was suppose to increase over 20 mill.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

February 04, 2021 at 06:42 am

The thing I like most about Amos is he comes up aggressively and limits the gain. HHCD would herd them out, and I watched other DBs wait at the sticks and then wonder why a runner with a head of steam always managed to get the first down.

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