Packers want CB Messenger Douglas to return to Green Bay in 2022

After the breakout season, Green Bay Packers full-back Rasul Douglas is open to returning in 2022. But that’s not all. The best part is that it may not require a lot of money to make it happen.

“Maybe a little more,” Douglas said on Monday when asked if it would take much more than the veteran’s minimum hit this year. “Nothing crazy.”

Douglas, who was acquired from the Arizona Cardinals coaching team on October 6, signed a one-year contract worth $990,000. Douglas continued his best season as a professional as he emerged as one of the best playmakers in the Packers defense.

In 12 games, including nine starts, Douglas scored five high interceptions for the team and returned a pair of those shots for touchdowns. His impressive production during the latter half of the season earned him recognition as a Pro Bowl substitute.

It would be crazy if the Packers had no interest in bringing Douglas back. He was a big reason for their win over the Cardinal in Week 8 when he won the match-breaking interception in the end zone, replayed touchdown interceptions in wins against the Rams and Bears, and grabbed Baker Mayfield twice. In a close victory over Brown on Christmas Day. When the team needed someone to go up in the absence of Jayer Alexander, Douglas continued to be the man.

It was a remarkable transformation for a man who was unwanted by many teams. Douglas spent time on three different teams in 2021 alone before joining Green Bay. And for a team that has struggled to find consistency at full-back, Douglas is a perfect fit.

Of course, it will be difficult for the Packers given their financial situation. In order to get the maximum salary, a lot of maneuvering has to be made, including touching decisions about the future of men like Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and Zadarius Smith. Fortunately, the price of Douglas is much cheaper than the three.

It’s also possible that a team with a need in the back corner could look at the 2021 season for Douglas and offer him more dollars and more guaranteed years than the Packers can offer this season.

Green Bay clearly made a strong impression on Douglas, which could be a strong selling point given that he could earn a lot in the open market.

“Everyone knows I want to be here,” he said.

“I made a family here. We still have some unfinished business. Of course, I want to be here, but I don’t think that is my decision.”

Hopefully, following a crushing loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs this year, the players can find a way to make it happen, and Douglas will return in 2022.


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