By Nick Freimuth
The Green Bay Packers had very few bright spots in their defensive secondary during the 2016-2017 season. One of them is no longer with the team after day one of NFL Free Agency Thursday. Micah Hyde signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal with $14 million in guarantees, according to ESPN.
The former Iowa Hawkeye was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In his four seasons wearing the green and gold, Hyde intercepted eight passes, forced one fumble, recovered five and tallied four sacks.
His real value was most frequently spoken about by Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Coach would commonly praise Hyde for his versatility, competitiveness and effort on special teams. Was he the fastest defensive back on the roster? No. Could he jump the highest? No. Was he most coveted coming out of college? Absolutely not. But he was a football player. And he was what many in Green Bay call a “Packers person.” By that, meaning he was a great locker room guy, involved in the community, great with media, kind and caring with kids seeking autographs.
Buffalo may not be getting the most coveted player on the free agent market, but they are getting a solid football player and an even better man off the field.