Packers: Free Agents
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.
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