Packers Re-Sign Davon House to One-Year Deal

The Packers have strengthened their secondary a fortnight before the NFL Draft, re-signing cornerback Davon House to a one-year deal.

First reported by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky followed up the report by adding House is in transit to Green Bay from Hawaii. While a deal is not signed yet, Demovsky reported, it is expected.

Pending the physical House takes when he does return to Green Bay, he’ll join the ranks of Kevin King and new acquisition and old friend Tramon Williams.

What does Davon House bring to the Packers in 2018?

The Packers drafted House in 2011, and the cornerback left in free agency after his rookie deal ended to sign with Jacksonville. He would spend two seasons with the Jaguars before being released prior to the 2017 season, when the Packers brought him back on a one-year deal.

His time in Jacksonville proved that he may not have the raw talent to be a shutdown corner, as he was exposed in coverage:

His return to Green Bay proved to be much of the same from his time in Jacksonville:

Regularly a step slow, House allowed himself to get beat deep too often. He didn’t get his hands on the ball with any kind of regularity and even his lone interception was a result of a bad decision by Drew Brees.

Green Bay understands what it has in Davon House – this is a depth signing. While his play on the field is solid, if unspectacular, he brought a level of professionalism and leadership that was appreciated. He was one of the only players in the NFL last season to play despite being marked as “doubtful,” too. There’s no questioning his toughness.

The move echoes the decision Ted Thompson and the Packers made before the draft in signing guard Jahri Evans. Green Bay took on a proven veteran at a manageable salary ahead of the draft to protect themselves in case the offensive linemen they were targeting did not pan out. 

If the Packers do decide to draft a cornerback with the fourteenth pick or later in two weeks, House’s position on the roster may be in jeopardy come training camp. However, bringing him in to compete for a spot is exactly what Brian Gutekunst committed to doing when he was promoted to general manager.