Stay or go: 2021 Packers defense poll results

We recently offered our take as to who on the defensive side of the ball for the Green Bay Packers should stay in 2021 and who should go.

Among the reasoning we gave in our choices was production, age and salary. That last part could be a big factor in Green Bay’s offseason decisions. With an estimated $180.5 million cap in 2021, the Packers will need to trim just over $28 million from their payroll before the start of the league year March 17.

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That will have to be done with releasing or trading players, or possibly even restructuring contracts.

But what do you, the fans think? We don’t know your reasons, but we do have the results, thanks to a poll we had for each player in the above-mentioned article.

On the offensive side of things, the salary-cap issues didn’t seem much of an issue for our poll voters. What about the defense?

Below we present a quick defense position-by-position breakdown as well as a chart of the results.

 

DEFENSIVE LINE

Good thing the Packers operate in a 3-4 defense because our voters only had three of the 11 linemen on Green Bay’s roster get more than half the vote to stay.

Fans are ready to move on from veteran Tyler Lancaster (37.3%). Of those in the under-50% club, Anthony Rush, who had one defensive snap in 2020, had the highest percentage at 38.3%. Guess those stopgaps like Damon Harrison, Brian Price and Billy Winn were just that.

PLAYER STAY
Montravius Adams 19.3%
Kenny Clark 99.5%
Damon Harrison 19.8%
Kingsley Keke 88.4%
Tyler Lancaster 37.3%
Dean Lowry 68.7%
Willington Previlon 22.1%
Brian Price 23.5%
Anthony Rush 38.3%
Delontae Scott 24.5%
Billy Winn 25.7%

 

LINEBACKERS

One year ago who would have thought Rashan Gary would lead the voting to stay (99.4%) and rookie Krys Barnes would be near the top (95.1%)? Yet here we are.

On the flip side, remember when Preston Smith was beloved? Now, roughly 2/3 of our voters want him off the roster. Of course, that would account for $8 million in cap savings (as well as $8M in dead money). A slight majority of voters also would be fine if Christian Kirksey joins Mike Pettine elsewhere; Kirksey would also leave behind a $5.6 million cap savings.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the list is a slight majority want to see former third-round pick Oren Burks return.

PLAYER STAY
Krys Barnes 95.1%
James Burgess 28.6%
Oren Burks 56.9%
Jonathan Garvin 46.6%
Rashan Gary 99.4%
Tipa Galeai 30.2%
De’Jon Harris 27.9%
Christian Kirksey 42.3%
Kamal Martin 88.7%
Randy Ramsey 40.2%
Preston Smith 27.8%
Za’Darius Smith 97.9%
Ty Summers 73.6%
Ray Wilborn 10.9%

 

SECONDARY

We think it’s safe to say Packers fans have seen enough of Kevin King. He was the only player on the defense to receive less than 10% of the stay vote. He came in at a whopping 7.0%. An unrestricted free agent, we think the 93% here will get their wish.

Another former second-round pick at cornerback our voters wouldn’t mind bidding adieu is Josh Jackson, who received just 21.9% of the stay vote. Jackson would help in the salary cap a little bit, with just over $1.3 million in savings.

Smartly, fans were in agreement on corner Jaire Alexander and safety Darnell Savage, both of whom were unanimous choices to stick around.

PLAYER STAY
Jaire Alexander 100.0%
Adrian Amos 97.1%
Henry Black 45.5%
Kabion Ento 11.5%
Innis Gaines 14.6%
Raven Greene 81.4%
Ka’dar Hollman 54.5%
Josh Jackson 21.9%
Kevin King 7.0%
Parry Nickerson 21.0%
Will Redmond 68.1%
KeiVarae Russell 22.7%
Stanford Samuels 20.8%
Darnell Savage 100.0%
Vernon Scott 74.3%
Chandon Sullivan 70.5%
Tramon Williams 21.7%

 

SPECIAL TEAMS (P)

Another year with the same snapper-punter combo? Two-thirds of our voters are on board with that.

PLAYER STAY
Hunter Bradley 64.2%
JK Scott 66.4%
Ryan Winslow 43.2%