Packers S Morgan Burnett says it would be ‘tough’ to leave Green Bay
Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett has played his entire eight-year NFL career with the Packers. He hasn’t even reached free agency yet since he signed a contract extension early in his career. However, he can potentially hit the open market for the very first time this offseason, so there’s a chance he might not return to Green Bay.
Burnett said during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio (as noted by Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk) that while he’s excited by his possible free agency, it won’t be easy for him to leave the only place he’s called home in the NFL.
“When you’ve been in a place for so long, you put your heart and soul into something going on eight years, it’s going to be tough if it plays out another way,” Burnett said. “And then, at the same time, you’re excited because it’s exciting to know and a blessing to know that other teams that are going to pursue you and other teams that might want you. That’s always a good thing, to be wanted in the NFL.”
Burnett didn’t have the greatest season in 2017. He played in 12 games and had 68 tackles with a forced fumble. Still, he has generally been a consistent performer in the Packers’ defensive backfield through the years and has the versatility to fill several different roles.
Those traits should make him one of the most sought-after free-agent safeties this offseason along with Lamarcus Joyner and Kenny Vaccaro. So if the Packers want to prevent Burnett from getting into a tough situation, they must be willing to pay him what he’s worth as dictated by the market.