Jrlombardi looks at Packers free agents.
The Packers maintain exclusive negotiating rights with their free agents until the end of March 3. Then, they’ll hit the free agent market, assuming a collective bargaining agreement is struck, which seems highly unlikely. Without a new CBA on March 4, there will be a lockout, meaning all business will be put on hold until the owners and players strike a deal. The list is based on the old free agency rules returning when a new collective bargaining agreement is struck. That means all players with four years of experience will be unrestricted. Unrestricted free agents–S Atari Bigby: Played in just four regular-season games due to injuries and has played in only 46 in his six seasons; OG Daryn Colledge: Was good but hardly exceptional. But, there’s something to be said about making 49 consecutive starts; K Mason Crosby; FB Korey Hall: Played in 12 games and led team with 15 special-teams tackles; RB Brandon Jackson: He wasn’t up to the task of being the featured back but remains exceptional in a third-down role; DE Cullen Jenkins: Figures to get a huge contract offer elsewhere after posting seven sacks in 11 games. The franchise figure of perhaps $13 million will be far too much to swallow, especially with Mike Neal waiting in the wings; WR James Jones: Set career highs with 50 catches for 679 yards and tied his career high with five touchdowns. Might have scored 10 touchdowns if not for his inconsistent hands; RB John Kuhn: Kuhn did it all, including a second-ranked six touchdowns; S Charlie Peprah: Peprah started the final 11 regular-season games and had two interceptions; S Anthony Smith: Played in just four games after being acquired; OL Jason Spitz: The former starter replaced an injured Colledge at Detroit in December but was benched in favor of T.J. Lang; LB Matt Wilhelm: Played a half-dozen games on special teams after being added at midseason, chipping in four tackles.