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Kahlil Bell, RB: Bell was brought in primarily as insurance after rookie Jonathan Franklin was lost for the season and starter Eddie Lacy began having ankle issues. With DuJuan Harris expected back for 2014, Bell will be set free.

Seneca Wallace, QB: Wallace played nearly a full game after Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone cracked, and then went down on the first series the following week with a groin injury, never to return. With Scott Tolzien in development, I see no way Wallace, who says he wants to keep playing, puts on a green and gold jersey next season.

Marshall Newhouse
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Marshall Newhouse, OT: Newhouse has had plenty of time to prove what he is, which is a middling backup-grade offensive lineman. He misses assignments, gives up sacks and commits penalties. He was paid $1.23 million in 2013; he won’t be getting that money again in Green Bay, with Bryan Bulaga returning, Derek Sherrod expected to be healthy and Don Barclay proving efficient. So long, Marshall.

Jermichael Finley, TE: This one is a gigantic “if,” as in: IF Finley ever plays again, and IF another team is willing to overpay for his services. It’s a risk, even if he’s cleared, due to the neck injury he suffered on that scary play in Week 7. If Finley plays, he wants too much money and plays somewhere other than Green Bay.

Andrew Quarless, TE: He did reach career highs with 32 catches, 312 receiving yards and two touchdowns after Finley was lost for the season. He did not, however, prove to be a play-making tight end. He’s improved his hands, for sure, but I don’t see Quarless as the answer in this offense. I call it 50-50 for him to return, and if he does, it will ultimately be as a secondary contributor. Hey, why not give Brandon Bostick a shot?

James Jones, WR: I would hate to see Jones leave Green  Bay following two straight productive seasons, but Jarrett Boykin proved himself this year, and the Packers can’t keep everyone. I say Jones gets a two-year deal to play elsewhere and the Packers let him walk. Maybe he signs with the Vikings? (Yes, that was a joke.)

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Topics: Andrew Quarless, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Green Bay Packers, James Starks, Jermichael Finley, John Kuhn, Marshall Newhouse, Matt Flynn

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